Cottage man freed of cocaine conviction

Azille poses with his attorney Wayne Norde after he was freed

Emmanuel “Manny” Azille of Cottage walked away a free man ealier on Thursday after he was freed by the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

Just over a year ago he was sentenced to eight years in jail and fined $105,000 or in default, an additional year behind bars, after he was arrested and convicted for possession of 12 grams of cocaine.

The appeal court ruled that he had already spent his sentence behind bars.

He was represented by Attorney at law Wayne Norde.

State attorney Clement Joseph and the office of the DPP got high commendations from the judges “for their very good work” in the matter.

More on this story later.

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62 Comments

  1. Alley franc
    March 2, 2018

    Five years later and he is in jail for murder of a young woman. Congratulations, Mr. Norde ???????? I think not. Getting someone off on a technicality is no great feat. his lawyer did not prove his innocence. ……. in a suit. heehaw!!!!!!!!!

  2. mirror
    November 18, 2012

    thts it norde keep upd good wrk

  3. Top up
    November 16, 2012

    Manny should stay in the rest up. This guy has had too many opportunities and chances too. Now he is back on the streets to play like he mad and harass people. I won’t be surprise to hear manny in trouble again. The French law enforcement would welcome him for sure

  4. Balaw
    November 16, 2012

    DNO when is the comment rating feature going to be reinstalled. Seem like it will come together the Next Level eh eh.

  5. lookin
    November 16, 2012

    He may be free from jail and pose for the camera, but if his job is drugs it will hunt him later.Big man like mista must behave himself. does he have children and does he care about lives?

  6. Anonymous
    November 15, 2012

    who writes these articles. DNO must have its writers put their names below the articles. this one is truely an article of pure genius and craftmanship.

  7. Your Friend
    November 15, 2012

    But I was at the court and the judges them praise the prosecutor for helping Mr Norde with his appeal. So Mr Norde should be paying the prosecutor in cash and kind

  8. overseas
    November 15, 2012

    Manny i beg of u to kee[p out of trouble, and give your heart to Jesus.

  9. Anonymous
    November 15, 2012

    All u pls start to block the road hurry up alas no we don’t want big man back in cottage alas some body pls help us pls

  10. TC
    November 15, 2012

    DATS IT NORDE!

  11. just sayin
    November 15, 2012

    D ting is dat d appeal court seing d sentence not fittin d crime’ 105’000 or 8yrs for 12grms where else in d world dat happenin so dat sound like behanzin job

    • watch dog
      November 16, 2012

      he was sentenced based on the previous drug rap sheet that he has.

    • PAX
      November 16, 2012

      it wasn’t behanzin; it was de woman judge

    • well well stop!!!
      November 17, 2012

      his then lawyer was afraid to appear at the Magistrate court so they convicted him to go to the High Court where he was convicted by a Jury after a trial. this had nothing to do with Behanzin. In fact if you decide you wish to be tried at the High Court, then the minimum sentence you should serve is 14 years according to Sec 16 (2)(a)(b). while he sit down in jail, his lawyer sit down in a nice office in Ministry and sitting by the PM.

  12. Anonymous
    November 15, 2012

    D ting is dat d appeal court seing d sentence not fittin d crime’ 105’000 or 8yrs for 12grms where else in d world dat happenin so dat sound like behanzin job

    • me
      November 16, 2012

      That was not behanzin doing at all.

  13. November 15, 2012

    Why do some people in D/ca use cocaine; they should get information on how coco is made; the coca leaves are soaked in kerosene they add other things to it. This is a very dangerous drug usually it can eat out ones nose.

  14. Anonymous
    November 15, 2012

    Yes the headline is clearly wrong, I am pretty sure the conviction ws upheld if he appealed against the conviction. The appeal against sentence was what was granted.

  15. k azille
    November 15, 2012

    Yes cuz u free from all your family in london

  16. Not a herd follower
    November 15, 2012

    I noticed those swho pend time in jail at Stockfarm come out looking well. They look fit. Stocky does not make her intimates miserable. Guys seem to have relaxed time there.

  17. Not a herd follower
    November 15, 2012

    DNO, I think your headline is misleading. The story, as reported by you, says nothing of Mr. Azille being exculpated of the crime for which he was convicted. The essence of your story is that the Appeal Court believed he had spent sufficient time in jail. Review that headline again.

  18. Domerican/Possie
    November 15, 2012

    Since I little girl in Possie I hearing about Manny this and Manny that. I cannot believe that guy continues to have the same old reputation. You’re a “free” man, let’s hope you use your freedom to become a more productive citizen in your community. Slow down brethren.

    • Man alive
      November 16, 2012

      He won’t.

  19. kingman
    November 15, 2012

    papamet!!!! look i hear BIG MAN making noise possie already. Court Of Appeal what have you done!!!

    • PAX
      November 16, 2012

      IKR????

  20. Macaquee
    November 15, 2012

    congrats Mr.Norge. I always believe uncle Manny was innocent

    • Macaquee
      November 15, 2012

      I mean mr. Norde

  21. angry
    November 15, 2012

    hmmm…manny in jacket and tie? i almost take him for the attoney wii. but somebody tell me, that is not the same manny aka big man that come so paro ther. well jail really fatten u. hope u stay out of trouble and drugs eh.

  22. Rabbit
    November 15, 2012

    I must say it is a crime to defend someone who spoil the young minds of this present and future gen. Wayne I think you must stay away You have children so think about it. Your fellow colleague must talk to you.

    • in the name of love
      November 16, 2012

      lawyers do not set criminals/convicts free.they present the cases. how come nobody blaming the jury or the jurors? who is it that really setting these people free?

  23. devils advocate
    November 15, 2012

    i hope this court of appeal makes the right decision in skerro and stjean case

  24. Hmmm
    November 15, 2012

    Everyday I hear of these …..just walking free. just because they gor off on a technicality doesnt mean they didn’t do the crime.

    drug men killing the young people in the land with their poison and then allu hypocrite Dominicans there bigging them up. Stuepse.

    • Let night take
      November 15, 2012

      I am of the same opinion!

  25. cautious
    November 15, 2012

    manny u are a son of a gun…what …everytime you walking free like that …you must really have a strong hand on yourside papa …but in anycase looks like jail fat u up again

  26. November 15, 2012

    :mrgreen: well done Wayne thts monies in ur pocket n mines Hahahaha…… Can’t say u broke now.lol.

  27. November 15, 2012

    :-P. Dominica is ur node lol Wayne again…..Hahahaha :-D :-| 8)

    • Shame
      November 15, 2012

      Stop wearing ur ignorance as a badge of honor. That’s nothing to be proud of. Waiting until ur child turn ‘paro’ on the streets. we’ll see how laughable that will be then. idiot

    • watch dog
      November 16, 2012

      I am happy that wayne chose the right path. he had already started on the wrong path. he knows what i am talking anout.

  28. ME
    November 15, 2012

    ADMIN, WHERE IS OUR THUMBS UP AND DOWN?

    • Anonymous
      November 15, 2012

      Serious!

      • 1979
        November 16, 2012

        u know right!!! soo looooooong allu say allu fixing…

        allu need my help man?????

  29. Anonymous
    November 15, 2012

    He must have appealed against the sentence not the conviction, that is why they said time served.

  30. possie
    November 15, 2012

    please court of appeal reverse that decision and allow people their peace of minds

  31. Observer
    November 15, 2012

    DNO can you provide some explanation for this situation. Here is a man who was sent to prison for eight years and fined $105,000.00 just over a year ago. Failure to pay the $105,000.00 he will get an additional year. He was released today because the court ruled that he had served his sentence. Please DNO get a real legal mind to explain the situation of sentencing and punishment to us simple minded beings.

    Interesting the lawyer chose to pose with a wide smile with someone, a convict, who missed out on a long prison term based purely on a technicality. He is someone who is VERY WELL KNOWN to the law enforcement fraternity. Is that yet another clear example of putting criminals/convicts back on the street to continue their threatening the very existence of the state we al are concerned about? Apart from the money that was earned,of what significance is the freedom of this convict to the lawyer? Shouldn’t someone like this remain for a long time behind bars? Wouldn’t that send a good messeg to would be offenders. This is not an innocent man or this is not th efirst tiwem that this individual has earned the attention of the justice system. I can well understand the lawyers pride and glee if the man was wrongly convicted on trumped up evidence or failures of the legal system. But to look for technicalities in the law for a seasoned person like this man, something has to be wrong with the justice system. We all must speak withone voice that those who are properly convicted of such crimes should not benefit from technicalities in the law. I can understand if it was a first time offender who was led astray by unsuspecting friends or family members, or a young person who regrets his/her actions their actions etc. But for big man? Money can really do things small boy. Who then is the beneficiaries of such “legal intellect” particularly in this matter. The state, society (our young impressionable minds), the individual in question or just the attorney? Just observing.

    • watch dog
      November 16, 2012

      The law needs to take their time> the sentence was rediculous in deed. 8yrs 12 grams but again he has a rap sheet too.

  32. U2
    November 15, 2012

    congrats Wayne.You’re a great lawyer.continue representing your clients the best that you can. we will continue to be proud of you.

  33. ROSEAU O VALLEY
    November 15, 2012

    I APPLAUD YOU NORDE. However im confused that the STATE having been unsuccesful yet the COA had high praise for the DPP office.

    There is a saying in the law . It goes like this ” the law is an ass “. Do you know who coined this DNO. Try to google it and you will find this Historic answer. So while the Law may be an ass. fools cannot be lawyers but lawyers do foolish things.

    The public dont understand the law. They need to be told about the presumption of innocence until guilt is proven. Its not the other way around. For example in the Dual Citizenship matter, its the UWP that had to prove its case and get the requiste evidence but they didnt. So if am being accused of a crime , I gave no case to prove, its the other side that must prove its case. But there are lawyers who dont fully understand the law. There are lawyers who go to court unprepared. There are lawyers who are poor fiduciaries and mislead their clients. There are lawyers alledgedly sell cases and bring their profession into disrepute. Their are criminal lawyers.
    But am convinced that the majority of our lawyers are honest hard working individuals. many of them do PRO BONO work and make many scarifices in their communities and families. What they need to do is to defend their profession. Too many times a lot of negative things are said about lawyers and judges and their judgments and no rebuttal is forthcoming. If I could change this I would. I deplore the political rape of the bench vis the conduit of many TALK SHOWS.

    WELL DONE NORDE…..Your footsteps are those to be followed.

    • WTF
      November 15, 2012

      u deadly boss man……so how i expected to prove a case and the key piece of evidence u refuse to provide it ? its like i have a search warrant and i cannot search…. uwp didnt prove guilt, but skerrit havent proved he innocent….
      so the electoral commission is to blame…..they should take skerrit to court ask him to prove he is a legal candidate…….

  34. November 15, 2012

    congrats mr norde proud of you for being a very good lawyer

  35. K
    November 15, 2012

    Wee borjai…BIG MAN @ large

  36. ME
    November 15, 2012

    COTTAGE STARTS TO CRY AGAIN. THEIR JOY HAS BEEN TURNED INTO SORROW

    • cautious
      November 15, 2012

      lol…but all u will get art again

  37. cottage massive
    November 15, 2012

    big up big man. i hope u behave urself now.

  38. Anonymous
    November 15, 2012

    i hope u keep yourself out off trouble

  39. Anonymous
    November 15, 2012

    yes Norde that you like!! …congrats btw…on being a good lawyer

  40. Sweet Carib
    November 15, 2012

    Huh??? He only spent a year of his 8yrs conviction, so y did they let him go free??? I don’t understand. Can someone of the law please explain this further for me. Thanks in advance..

    • dooodooo
      November 15, 2012

      READ

      WHAT

      ROSEAU O VALLEY SAID

      “THE LAW IS AN ASS”

  41. Reality
    November 15, 2012

    So in Dominica you can just commit crimes, get sentenced to prison and go to the court of appeal and they will set you free.

    that court system is full of …..

    • Think About It
      November 15, 2012

      That’s how it is around the stupid Caribbean,you know why? Because money talk and bull… walk that’s so true.

      • siffleur
        November 15, 2012

        “Think About It” & “Reality”, you must know “that’s how it is around the stupid” world in which you live, except in the kangaroo courts. That’s what the courts of appeal do.

    • Anonymous
      November 15, 2012

      that’s how the court system works everywhere

  42. DEE DEE
    November 15, 2012

    OK THEN

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