Appeals court to hear “Bubbles” gun matter

Renneth "Bubbles" Alexis

The much anticipated appeal in the Renneth “Bubbles” Alexis gun matter will be heard in Dominica when the Appeals court sits here from April 30 to May 5.

Heather Felix-Evans, the lawyer representing the Portsmouth businessman Renneth Alexis had appealed the decision of Magistrate Tiyani Behanzin.

The magistrate had imposed a $2,ooo fine on Alexis after he was found guilty in 2010 for using his unlicensed firearm to intimidate persons who had come to view the much talked about “Blaircourt property.”

Alexis had previously pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm but “not guilty” to intimidation, resulting in a full scale trial.

Among her eleven grounds of appeal, Felix-Evans charged that, ”the Learned Magistrate misdirected himself on the evidence of the law; he also erred at law and misdirected himself when he treated ownership of the Blaircourt property as a live issue in the case.”

She also stated that the magistrate erred and misdirected himself when he permitted the prosecution and himself to ask the Appellant questions for the purpose of ascertaining ownership of the Blaircourt property, despite the fact that a certificate of title in the name of Blaircourt Property Development Limited and a filed Company Annual Return reflecting the Appellant as the sole shareholder and director of Blaircourt Property Development Limited had been admitted into court as part of the Appellant’s formal evidence.

Some of her other grounds of appeal are alleged bias by the Magistrate towards her client; his failure to remove himself from the case; his line of questioning which she argues were irrelevant to the subject matter, and his “failure to afford Alexis a fair and impartial hearing as required by law.”

According to the attorney, the conviction in respect of the charge of intimidation is “against the weight of evidence and on substantially, if not wholly, irrelevant considerations”.

She also described the sentences imposed as being “unduly severe.”

Felix-Evans had written to the magistrate, asking him to “remove” himself from the matter, alleging that he was biased.

She also threatened legal action if he failed to oblige.

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40 Comments

  1. April 22, 2012

    There are more important issues at hand than this circus… so am not gonna waist my time on that,@ Behanzin! I say you stay on course and get ready because only u and God can put Dominica on the right track, u will be the next primeminister of the commonwealth of Dominica.

  2. Concernd Possie
    April 20, 2012

    I not there to pull you down but stop defending t
    them boys and clean up your act before it to late.Wrong is wrong.

  3. Concernd Possie
    April 20, 2012

    Bubbles you supose to be man of God come clean on everything,remember you have kids and remember a father can curse his generation, time is the healer and reviler of everything.If deep down you know you wrong turn back on the right path.

  4. Guest
    April 20, 2012

    He couldn’t afford abetter lawyer?

  5. poe-ki-toe
    April 19, 2012

    stupes….oh please! Bubbles just pay d dam 2 grand and get on with ur nice comfortable life nuh? stupes..is not like u cyah pay it?

    • Malatete
      April 20, 2012

      It is not a question of the money. The man does not want a criminal record, which is far more serious.

      • Reminiscing
        April 30, 2012

        An unlicensed gun? That alone is a path towards getting a criminal record. He should know better.

  6. :-)
    April 19, 2012

    This guy looks so desparate, no surprise he was carrying an illegal (unlicensed) weapon.

  7. LOL
    April 19, 2012

    Way Papa it have actors in Dominica eh… all the can do is put on a show…all flash but no camera

  8. Aye Dominique
    April 19, 2012

    Dominica is really a mess, this legal system stinks rotten.

    Bubbles is a professed christian, why is he taking on that burden to defend whoever he is defending.

    I hope when a new party wins, all those who were involved in hiding the ownership of these villas including the public officers are thrown out of office.

  9. out of nowhere
    April 19, 2012

    This guy is wasting his time appealing a mere $2,000.00 fee.He will spend more than $2,000.00 in lawyer fees and appeal court fees.Where is the gain.none nada

  10. out of nowhere
    April 19, 2012

    This guy is going to spend more than $2,000.00 paying his lawyer and the appeals court fee.He still loses.There is no gain.It’s wasting time to appeal a mere $2,000.00 fee at the appeals court

    • Roz
      April 20, 2012

      He’s paying to uphold the integrity of his good name. A good name is surely worth more than $2,000 is it not?

      • S
        April 20, 2012

        Good name… he’s messing up his name. He acknowledges that the firearm was illegal at that time just humble yourself and behave.

      • Reminiscing
        April 30, 2012

        A good name after pleading guilty to having possession of an illegal weapon? Kinda late for that!

  11. wrong is wrong
    April 19, 2012

    How comes ‘Bubbles unlicensed gun’ was taken from the court, where it was lodged as evidence in the case and given back to him? Who gave the orders to that Police Officer to unlawfully take back that unlicensed gun, nuh? Whoever gave the orders disobeyed the Law big time and disrespected the integrity of the court. So that Police Officer who obeyed the order did not know his action was wrong? He did the wrong thing anyway.

    The police aren’t supposed to uphold the law, nuh? Was any disciplinary action taken against the person who gave the order? What about the Officer who carried out that order to take the unlicensed gun from the court? So they were right? But nothing happened.

    In fact, at a press conference, Dominicans heard the Chief blaming, ridiculing the Police prosecutor publicly for requesting that the unlicensed gun be returned to the court. Are some above the law in Dominica? It’s plain to see.

    Too much !! Too much Kokomakak in our beautiful Dominica. A recipe for break down of law and order. It is too much bold, in-our-faces wrongful acts taking place. Wrong is wrong is wrong. Do those persons who condone such behaviours have any moral authority to talk about curbing crime? Think of it?

  12. ....................
    April 19, 2012

    CAN ANYONE TELL ME CRAB SEASON IS OPEN?

    • LOL
      April 19, 2012

      LOL!!

    • peeping
      April 20, 2012

      ye for crabs in a barrel like you :mrgreen:

  13. Nathaniel Peltier
    April 19, 2012

    Opening a carn of worms. A lot of other questions are going to come up for example the ownership if the Villas.
    2000 dollars is peanuts if you are involved in this project. Just pay it and go easy.

    Who is paying taxes on the Villas actually?

    • Malatete
      April 20, 2012

      Didn’t these villas qualify for fiscal incentives and concessions? I believe that to be the case.

  14. a a
    April 19, 2012

    hahahaha, the return of Bubbles. Garcon the villas not yours. Doh let us bring back up that topic again 8-O

  15. How I C it
    April 19, 2012

    Mr. Tiyani intentions are noble; He wants stricter penalties for violator of the law and so do I. At the moment however, the penalties allowed by law has to be conformed to when handing down sentences.

    The only way to bring about legimate harsher penalties is through the voices of the poeple screaming at their political representatives who has the power to go to Parliament and creat and ammend laws to safeguard the populace.

    • stop the lies
      April 19, 2012

      the maximun penalties was seven years in prison and 12,000, so stop sending deliberate wrong messages about Behanzin, Alexis was fined $6,000 and suspended and was charged $2,700 for the assault and threat with a firearm, Behanzin then confiscated the firearm. All those sentenced by Behanzin that the Court of Appeal reduced, non were above the required limit of the law so stop the misrepresentation about this Magistrate, It is disgraceful. All those released by him were arrested shortly and all were sentenced to prison by other Magistrates, six deaths, from those given bail by the Chief Magistrate, after Behanzin refused them bail!!! disgraceful!!! The state failed to defend any of those decisions and refused to present previous conviction only to show that the sentences were too high!!! WE SHOULD STOP THIS!!!!

      • How I C it
        April 19, 2012

        Stop the lies,

        Let us assume for discussion sake that the information that you have presented above is factual.The max penalty for the offense is 7yrs but bubbles got zero. The max fine is 12K but bubbles was fined only 6K. moreover, none of the cases that the appeal court reduced the sentences on were above the required limit of the law;

        IF all stated above is true then it can be concluded that Mr. Tiyani

        was fear/compassionate in his handed down sentence to bubbles,

        and the appeal court must have been bias when striking down the verdict made by mr Tiyani.

        My one question to you though is this:

        Don’t you think that the same way you were able to recognise the penalty handed down verses the maximum possible penalty so too was the appeal court who is trained in that regards?

        The appeal courts consider the law in its entirety and apply it to a case by case scenario

      • Call it Right
        April 20, 2012

        HOW I C IT- The case will be going to the appeals court. The appeals court has not heard the case.

    • Muta
      April 21, 2012

      LONG LIVE TIYANI!

  16. bone
    April 19, 2012

    I agree with Heather Felix-Evans. They need to leave their politics out of the court!!!!!

    • Way Papa
      April 19, 2012

      I agree with you they need to leave politics out of the court and judicial system so that they can arrest Siko Seco, the police that shut the mad dude, the lawyers and politicians involved in the GON Emmanuel case and more- I hope you can dig that.

      • ?????
        April 19, 2012

        @ bone.. Well said my friend. Because if politics is left out of the court, we will discover how corrupt, putrid, rotten ,criminally minded and greedy some Dominican leaders can be.
        I am really looking forward to the day when politics will be left out of our court system. Off course i am referring to Dominica, THE FAILED AND CORRUPT STATE

  17. hard core dominican
    April 19, 2012

    boy just pay ur $2000ec and forget that. alu making them lawyers eat to much of alu money.

  18. hare
    April 19, 2012

    Don’t embarrass yourself anymore bubles and even if the appeals court rule in the your favor we all know who the real owner is

  19. Gee
    April 19, 2012

    *********THE MAIN POINT********

    “found guilty in 2010 for using his unlicensed firearm to intimidate persons”

    “Alexis had previously pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm but “not guilty” to intimidation”

    Now how did they knew you had an unlicensed GUN??

    That really is the main point here!!! Next case!!

    • Fairplay
      April 19, 2012

      The Licence had expired.(he had not paid the fee)

      • a a
        April 19, 2012

        so what’s the difference? LOL 8-O

  20. Ron
    April 19, 2012

    This is a no brainer. This case was a joke from the beginning. The biasness shown by the judge and prosecution was unbelievable. Any right thinking judge will overturn this in a heartbeat. Just another overturned case for Behanzin’s record.

    • Matrix 21
      April 19, 2012

      @ Ron

      They can overturn as much as they want, but the record shows that 4 criminals who got thier incarceration from behanzin overturned were soon murdered. This means that those who facilitated the overturning also facilitated the deaths.

      The moral is overturning a case to please criminals never work.

      • ghetto voice
        April 19, 2012

        well said matrix well said

      • ?????
        April 19, 2012

        @ matrix. How brilliant you are Sir/Madam. Are you a scholar,or are you blessed with WISDOM?

    • Ron
      April 21, 2012

      DNO,
      I’m very disaappointed in the way you edit my submittals. i sense a great bias towards Mr. Behanzin. I suspect if that is the way you are going to contol what goes out you wont be in business very long. I would pay more attention on providing the news rather than editing other people’s thoughts. Just so you know, people have been complaining of how slow the news stories on getting posted which is a step back from the previous management. Just food for thought…

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