Attempted murder charge dropped as May criminal assizes get underway

A charge of attempted murder was discontinued against Albert Steven Jr when the May criminal assizes got underway at the High Court in Roseau on Tuesday.

Steven, who is represented by attorney Gena Dyer Munroe, will now be tried for wounding with intent.

His trial is set to begin on July 16 (2012).

Steven pleaded not guilty in court, to wounding Mandela Andrew.

A total of 28 cases are scheduled to be heard within the months of May to July before Justice Bernie Stephenson-Brooks

Six of them are murder trials, including that of Shane Degallerie who was charged for the murder of Justin Joseph at Pottersville in 2010.

Sherman Webb is also up for answering murder charges – he is alleged to have killed Barbadian Corey Poleon.

David St.Jean, Dean Davis, Clement Labassiere and Jackie Lando will also be tried for murder, with another accused Stevin Valentine facing a manslaughter charge.

The current assizes will also hear five cases of wounding with intent, in addition to the Steven matter.

Kiwanni Jackson, Marcus Augustus, Royson and Chasery Thomas, and Julien Davis all have to answer wounding with intent charges for different incidents.

Jackson is expected to appear in court on Wednesday morning for the start of his trial.

The court is expecting to hear from a total of 12 witnesses on that  matter.

Four burglary cases, two sexual related ones, one case of theft, one of kidnapping and a common assault matter will also be heard.

The cases will be prosecuted by Director of Public Prosecutions Gene Pestaina.

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  1. saqwagas
    May 9, 2012

    i must say dem days DNO reporting is extremely poor. you guys never have the facts right. it s clear that something has changed within

  2. susan
    May 9, 2012

    Way to many murders, I was speechless when I read this,


  3. susan
    May 9, 2012

    To many murder in this little country, something very wrong with this society.

  4. Justice and Truth
    May 8, 2012

    He will be tried for ‘wounding with intent’ – to kill? The word ‘intent’, is this not intent to murder? What is the difference? Rather confusing.

  5. May 8, 2012

    Court system in Dominica, all i have to say is what a , Dominica’s court need a make over, they need fresh young highly qualify people to do the job, DA law/court is the laughing stock of the Caribbean and the rest of the world

  6. aye
    May 8, 2012

    We former and current Police officers are really not serious when fighting crime! So if is not drugs,theft,simple wounding,burglary and some other petty crimes we would not get a conviction then? If murder or attempted murder was the only criminal offence in Dominica no body would be convicted man!……way papa. Where are our senior investigators, bondier? Send them to C.I.D,but again in C.I.D we are only competing to see who dresses best and spend no time on investigations……this is so so so sad.

  7. corecter
    May 8, 2012

    DNO< please check again. The High Court of Dominica will be hearing a case of common assault? Please confirm and make me wiser or let remain in my ignorance.

    • law enforcement
      May 8, 2012


      • Justice and Truth
        May 8, 2012

        @ law enforcement

        To my knowledge, this is what it was called in those days, common assault. If it is indecent assault, it should be stated accordingly. Common assault and indecent assault are different.

      • corecter
        May 9, 2012

        Common assault is where someone offers to do violence another. For instance throwing water on some one would be considered a battery whereas if that water falls near u is an assault. For our high court to be hearing these matters, i cant comprehend.

  8. Geurilla
    May 8, 2012

    weak prosecution , and investigative skills lacking what you expect .

  9. moun possie
    May 8, 2012

    this justice system is crap. Stebin killed jr in 2009 yet he roams free…just keep pushing back pushing case. stink system

    • lol
      May 8, 2012

      it wasnt sebin fault but he deserves to be in jail

    • riteaid
      May 8, 2012

      stupesssssssssss. who says he is free.

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