UPDATE: ‘Seko’, Denny, denied bail

Seko, head covered, heading to court on Thursday
Shillingford, head covered, heading to court on Thursday

Chief magistrate Evaline Baptiste has denied bail to Earl “Seko” Grant and Denny Shillingford who have been charged in connection with a December 2010 fire at the home of former magistrate GON Emmanuel.

Grant, a US citizen returned to Dominica on May 27, 2013 after being away for three years. He was arrested at the airport on his arrival and formally charged for conspiring with Denny Shillingford to set fire to the home of Emmanuel.

Shillingford was charged with arson.

In court on Thursday police inspectors, Claude Weekes and Michael Laudat, told the court that the men were “flight risks” and they feared that they would interfere with witnesses. They also said investigations into the matter were ongoing and bail should not be granted to the men.

David Bruney, who represented Shillingford, expressed disappointment that the prosecution was objecting to bail for his client saying that he “was a flight risk.”

“He always attends to his matters and I doubt he even has a passport…he has been forthright, is a model defendant and have even made admissions … so I am surprised at the prosecution,” Bruney said.

He gave notice that as soon as his client, who is presently serving a prison sentence, is released he will be filing documents in the high court for bail.

Dawn Yearwood-Stewart, who represents Grant along with Zean Dyer, told the court that while her client is infact a US citizen, has a fixed address and had come to Dominica to “face the music on his own free will.”

“He paid his flight … he is here to face the battle, he has fully co-operated and is now asking for bail,” she said. “He is not a flight risk, holds a Dominican passport and is prepared to report to the St. Joseph police station everyday if the court so desires.”

However, Inspector Weekes contended that the offense is “serious even if it’s bailable.”

Grant, he said, was aware that the police wanted him for questioning and had made that public pronouncement publicly on a radio programme but never returned.

“He has a powerful incentive to abscond and we strongly believe that he won’t make himself available for his trial … the court needs to also take into account the public dimension and it can bring public disorder so we are asking that bail be denied,” Weekes said.

In response Baptiste said the prosecution had failed to show the court evidence of the men interfering with witnesses and so they had failed in that regard.

On the issue of absconding, she stated that while the prosecution had not brought forth much evidence, she was concerned about a statement of the DPP which requested Grant to come to Dominica or the state would seek extradition.

She said that it is clear that he did not return on his own free will since he is a US citizen and may fear losing his citizenship.

Based on that, she said she was denying bail.

The Preliminary Inquiry in the matter is set for September 26, 2013.

 

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149 Comments

  1. Salisbury...frf
    June 1, 2013

    Them police in Da are so freaking brokes, envy anf jeaulosy

  2. bros
    May 31, 2013

    this is garbage . .how can u loose your citizenship by being accuse of a crime in another country u are not a citizen of!!!stupid . . .and morrrrre studipdity.if i got it right unless u give up your rights as an american . .u are always a citizen.please contact the american embassy.they take care of their own.dominica take care of a few especially if u have money,know the prime minister and his goones.you have family name and u help spread lies and propaganda to rest of dominica :twisted:

    • Anonymous
      June 4, 2013

      exactly my friend once a n citizen always a citizen you can takeitback

  3. bros
    May 31, 2013

    am a us citizen . . am no longer a dominican . .i am an american!!i will never put my freedom in the hands of dominicans, infact i gave up that right when i became a us citizen.i took an oath!!bro . .i hate to say u are stupid or rather ignorant!!the flames of hate directed by we, the diaspora is crazy.but no one talks about the millions we send home!!we sustain this island . .no labour . .not workers . .we, diaspora supports dominica.please don’t be mistaken.i am not suporting any one who breaks the law,but when i sense a underlying current, i cry foul.this could happen to my family , and my friends.to your family and your friend.

    • Anonymous
      June 1, 2013

      that is my exact sentiment.

    • But Wait
      June 1, 2013

      2 Bros :Stupes, you all bring all this on yourselves when people like you speak with such heightened ignorance. Look at your passport again, you are DOMINICAN, American through naturalization. Secondly you are considered a Dual citizen because if your dumb arse could read and understand you would know Dominica is not on the list of islands or countries where people MUST renounce their country of birth before becoming citizens. I hold a US passport too, and last I check Dominicans in Dominica are also building, working, toiling, sweating and shaping Dominica. Many of you who speak of doing this and that in Dominica don’t send even a pound of rice home, much less have a savings account there. Get off your high horse, and stay where you are false pretender.

  4. Anonymous
    May 31, 2013

    Dominicans keep the candles burning. Derose hurry up order more candles ……when I the next show.

  5. Ouch
    May 31, 2013

    No Justice No peace !!!
    free seko

  6. beff
    May 31, 2013

    Free seko!!!!

  7. beff
    May 31, 2013

    all you too like Beff,, that whole fing is Befff,, belle beff pou Jeff

  8. Otrobando
    May 31, 2013

    No Justice ,, No Peace !!!!!
    Free Seko,, Free Seko !!!!

  9. SenJoe
    May 31, 2013

    this man holds a US passport and could travel anywhere he wanted too. he voluntarily came back to DA without a warrant for an arrest and he was denied bail? I vex,,, if i was in senjoe right now i would organize a protest,,there is no law in DA as far as i am concerned,,, lawlessness in this land…
    Free Seko Now !!!! No justice No Peace

  10. Salisbury...frf
    May 31, 2013

    That is do ridiculous, lock up an innocent man, and deny him bail.. You follow destroy do many young people live in Dominica,… Dominica lae system sucks… The police in Dominica are so corrupted… Let the man go….

  11. mano
    May 31, 2013

    all you dominicans judge seco before he was
    even heard in court he will never get a fair trial you already passing wrong judgement

  12. Dion
    May 31, 2013

    How can a man who returned on his own free will be a flight risk? IF you tell me you are denying bail tent the witness from interfering with the case I can agree but not this excuse that prosecution and magistrate use. This case has already been heard in the public domain how can there not be bias or personal emotion brought into the matter or some person trying to please others

  13. Francisco Telemaque
    May 31, 2013

    The disgruntled culprit disclosed who paid him to murder the Emanuel’s by setting fire to their house. The culprit claimed he talked because he was cheated out of the amount money he was offered to murder the victims while they were asleep.

    We now know who paid Shillingford to commit murder, however one wonders if Grant will take the fall for the master mind behind the plot!

    It would be foolish if Grant decides to become the fall guy, while the real white-color criminal walks the streets of Dominica.

    Wether he/she is a lawyer, doctor, or simply a scavenger, or peasant, I think Grant would have to be a fool to take the fall for the real culprit in this matter, since I believe there may be more than one bigger fish swimming out there hoping to get away with attempted murder!

    It is my belief that someone who had something to gain from the death of Gong Emanuel, perhaps a greedy relative, or perhaps a business associate is behind the plot to murder for personal gain, no stones must be left unturned to bring all the culprits involved to justice.

    The prosecutor, and the AG should offer Grant a deal of leniency to have him corporate with the judicial system, hence revealing who actually conspired with him to murder two unsuspecting victims.

    Everyone involved should be punished with jail time for this crime!

    I have an suspect, however, I leave his name to Seco to disclose.

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  14. maximoto
    May 31, 2013

    Come on folks! Allu really believe that this make believe show trial will get anywhere? It is easier for snow to fall in Dominica than for Secko to go to jail.

    One thing dem man acting their roles real good, starting with the DPP

  15. Y? YdFucNot!
    May 30, 2013

    SO the Magistrate Denied Bail although she said that the prosecution didn’t make a good case for denying bail?
    Even though Seco came back to Dominica within days of a request(pressure) from the DPP and could be asked to surrender his passport/s?
    She ‘feels’ that Seco might go back to USA!

    I say give d man a little ease up to visit with his family. He not convicted yet!

  16. claire
    May 30, 2013

    aye aye how comes tony not secko lawyer he was so positive he innocent or maybe is he dress as dawn yearwood the cartoonist should dress him up as yearwood or dyer on the chronicle paper this week

  17. truth offends
    May 30, 2013

    Now that we know Earl Grant is a citizen of the USA and that he has been charged for conspiring to set fire on the home of GON Emmanuel, and should have been charged as well with two counts of attempted murder, as a citizen of the USA myself, I am calling on the government of Dominica to allow the USA to investigate this matter regarding one of their citizens. According to Mr. Claudius Weeks, this is a serious offence, and somehow I feel there are some big names involved, and because of the fear of political interference, Dominica is not capable of giving us a fair investigation that would lead to the motive of one of their citizens to be involved in such a serious offence. Please pass it on to the FBI.

  18. May 30, 2013

    For a small country like Dominica with it’s small population (71,000) has a whole lot going on. Me being a Dominican living abroad in a much more developed country , I’m contemplating twice about returning to live on that island. It’s scary

  19. Grant
    May 30, 2013

    In the words of MLK…Free at last, free at last thank god almighty he’s free at last.

  20. Grant
    May 30, 2013

    Although I do have sympathy for the victims, secko is still innocent until proven guilty. I am aware that people will talk and may form their own judgement, but I must say that he has my full support and justice will definitely be prevail. He is being condemned by his peers as you all are now the judge and the jury. Secko did not have to go back to Dominica but he did to set so many people mind at ease. Now that he’s in Dominica i ask that you all give him the benefit of the doubt. For the people that has prosecuted him, have you all seen the evidence? What is his motive? The thing is he did not have to pay a flight to be arrested on arrival….and I will continue to say he is innocent and he will be freed. Give me a break…let the evidence speak for itself and until then, I say….and this too shall pass.

  21. May 30, 2013

    Nice, it seems like Dominicans are finally paying attension

  22. Not a herd follower
    May 30, 2013

    Magistrate Candia Carrette-George recused herself from the case without giving a reason; hence, the case this morning was heard by the Chief Magistrate Miss Evaline Baptiste. I am concerned about magistrates and judges recusing themselves from controversial cases. Persons who do not have confidence in themselves or who do not have courage should not be occupying important or leadership positions. It is a disservice to the public and themselves.

  23. truth offends
    May 30, 2013

    To me the strongest statement was made by chief magistrate Evaline Baptist when she refused bail not on the basis of what the prosecution said but on the basis of the DPP. We must take note of how she dealt with the prosecution which to me paints a picture of things to come late.
    #1. She told the prosecution that they failed to show the court “EVIDENCE of the men interfering with witnesses.” In other words, the court is looking for evidence which to me was destroyed when the authorities took three years to make an arrest.

    #2.On the issue of obsconding, she again made it very clear that the prosecution had not brought forth much evidence.
    To me, quite clearly the court is looking for evidence and it does not appear the prosecution can come up with much evidence for the following reasons:
    1. It is quite clear that the former police chief for some unknown reason down played Denny’s confession and instead of going all out to get Earl Grant to face the music as soon as possible, he played politics with it to the point that he had me to wonder if GON Emmanuel himself did his thing. As a result of the delay, evidence was destroyed.
    2. When one thinks of statements made on local radio by government minister for national security, Charles Savrin, and SC Tony Astaphan,to the point that they conducted a live interview with Seco regarding the same matter, it is clear to me that all that was tampering with evidence.
    3. The fact that the confessor to the crime, Denny Shillingford made it clear that the organizers (plural) did not hold their part of the bargain and instead of the police at that time pushing to find who the organizers were, is again another clear sign of them not looking for evidence.
    For all of the above plus those we do not know about, the authorities should pay for lack of evidence and the following should be done:
    A. For his role, retired chief police commissioner at the time of the bombing, should not be paid a penny on his retirement plan.

    B. Charles Savrin should be fired as minister for security and from cabinet, for failing to push the police to act promptly.

    3. The Prime Minister should be forced out of office, for not pushing his security minister and the police to render justice to a former Judge, for not firing Mr. Savrin for not acting in the interest of national security, and for allowing the same minister along with his Senior counsel to make such negative statements on National radio.
    Unless all of the above is done, we will just continue to be the laughingstock of the Caribbean and the world. I also would like to hear the views of Pas. Bill Daniel and the evangelical Association on this matter.

  24. A Voice
    May 30, 2013

    I will watch still to see how that thing turn out. If is a game these fellas playing as some suggest, then they really going all out.

    All I know is that after this fiasco is over somebody have a best selling novel right there.

    And the sequel to that novel don’t even start yet. Remember somebody have 42 charges hanging over their head…

    Boy, if all the chapters in that novel plays out, then its possible that it could bring the entire country to a stand still.

    Coming to think of it, we NEED outside investigators…

  25. Anonymous
    May 30, 2013

    Seco come back. Fine. You all can say what you all like. No case about that fire cannot go NOWHERE without that key piece of evidence, the VEHICLE!! Case cannot solve until they know who make the VEHICLE dispawet and why. Put dat in allu pipe and smoke it.

    • same
      May 30, 2013

      you sound like you know these guys are guilty and you don’t care because you have no sense of justice and moral compass

    • Alcopone
      May 30, 2013

      Shoo fly gee up donkey Brewwwwww

    • May 31, 2013

      DNA is the KEY. Are you kidding? They do not need the vehicle. This will take longer to solve if the original evidence was tampered with. Besides, there was a fire, a confession, the culprit, and the victims.

    • De Babalen.
      May 31, 2013

      The charge is not arson on a car, it is arson on a home. the police kmows the car was in the home
      during the fire there is no doubt about that. The proof that the house was fire bombed is in evidence found at the house not the car. You know what you need to put in your pipe and smoke ?… If Seko ever tells the truth, big big, i mean big boys go cry. I heard several ministers on a radio program defending Seko, attempting to make believe that Mr Emmanuel burnt his own house. What do ministers of Government have to do with a case involving the fire bombing of the home of a former business partner of the PM ‘s lawyer ? There are 43 charges that were filed against the lawyer and never read in court due to polititians over riding the justice sysyem. My pardner if we keep going, this story will snowball and you will see the big picture as bright as day.

    • claire
      May 31, 2013

      we will sit and smoke our cigar when the judge above deal with all of all you that supporting that shit evidence or not he know you all by name and all he god our father and creator can show your real name and face on the screen even if you hide it

    • Anonymous
      May 31, 2013

      You are absolutely right…get the evidence back If u want to win that case.

  26. Smart
    May 30, 2013

    Omg! Once you are a citizen you can’t lose your citizenship on hear say or even arson….. Get your facts people! You can only lose your Green Card if you commit a crime in the US not another country…..Dominica is really a 3rd would country….

    • May 30, 2013

      They jealous his U.S. citizenship man. Why is that they after?

    • jr
      May 30, 2013

      since when having green card makes you a citizen of America? my sister has had her green card for over twenty years and she cannot vote because she is not a citizen ———–SMART

    • Grant
      May 30, 2013

      So true and well said. I do believe that he had people in power in Dominica advising him and it wasn’t to his best interest. As you can see its clearly that the powers that be in DA does not know the American law

    • Rudolphia
      May 30, 2013

      Only a dummy like you would write such hogwash under the name Smart! Who gives a damn about his naturalized status? Why didn’t he stay in the New York instead of having chien lawie like you coach him about coming back? Americans take jail in America and the world over when they commit crimes. Did you not see a white mormorn 100% born and raised American woman on going plight in a Mexican prison? Get a damn grip! America doh give a rats arse about you, Secko and your naturalized status when you all commit crimes in other places or even the US! Now go slide down a greasy pole and stop harrassing people on DNO with your bad grammar and inability to communicate intelligently! Read a newspaper, understand diplomacy and territorial rules, log off facebook and go get a damn GED stop embarassing yourself!

    • Smfh
      May 30, 2013

      Citizens of the US don’t carry green cards. They have passports.

    • May 31, 2013

      Of course you can not lose your citizenship if a crime was not committed in America. You can lose both if a crime was committed in America, depending on the nature of the crime.

      To the people who believe otherwise, TRY IT TO FIND OUT.

    • not so smart
      May 31, 2013

      You can lose your (Green card) if you stay out of the US for more than six months.

      • Smart
        May 31, 2013

        Yes you can!!! No one is talking about length of stay in and ourt of the US. Did you not read the article? I believe it clearly stated that Earl Grant is a US Citizen!!!!…I also believe I was saying the only way the US would remove his status from the country would be if he was a green card holder which is not!!! and only if such crime was committed on US Soil!!!!

        When an article comes out in regard to how to keep yourself from losing your green card? Then we shall touch on that topic in different ways, but for now the matter is clearly not on this page….

    • NYC Boy
      May 31, 2013

      …and you can lose your citizenship if you become a criminal. One serious letter to the State Dept. after he has been convicted and his citizenship is no more. So many Dominicans we have back in DA after their US citizenship had been stripped away.

    • grell
      May 31, 2013

      you need your facts,arson comes under terrorism,the US will look @ it.seko ran and he could not take the sleepless nights anymore.

    • Anonymous
      May 31, 2013

      I agree with you. Never heard such rubbish before.

  27. truth offends
    May 30, 2013

    Very, very, very interesting. To be honest with you folks, based on the arguments made by all sides so far, all I can do is shake my head and wonder if Dominica is real.
    I agree with Mr. Bruney that Denny should not be denied bail since his new address is the state prison and on top of that, he is the reason why charges were issued. In fact as an insentive to him for coming out clean, he should be given bail. Right on the other hand, that could put his life in serious danger since he holds the key to everything in this case.
    I also somehow agree with the Lawyers of Earl Grant that he should be given bail, although I disagree with their reasons. My reason is, it took the local authorities here three years to make an arrest and to me, he had enough time for he and members of his organization to destroy evidence.
    I also agree a little with Mr. Weeks / Laudat although I don’t agree with the witness thing they brought up, as they know very well that that witness thingy was dealt with 3 years ago. In fact is only when they were certain that both witness and evidence were destroyed, they (by “They” I am not referring to Mr. Weeks/ Laudat but other big players) gave seko the green light to travel just for the show. So I will not be fooled!

  28. ????
    May 30, 2013

    There was a murder at a hotel in Concord. Cecil Abbot James was murdered. The accused stated in court that he was paid to do the job. Nothing was done or pursued by the police. They just chucked the accused in jail. What happened to that???

    • May 31, 2013

      The family should have pressured the authorities. There is NO STATUTE OF LIMITATION on MURDER. The case, if closed, can be RE-OPENED. Everyone deserves JUSTICE.

    • Original ?????
      May 31, 2013

      Why you can’t make up your own name to say what you want about murder in Concord Hotel? We’re dealing with justice for Mano, take your other gripe elsewhere.

  29. Anonymous
    May 30, 2013

    Take note Dominicas Seko is a US citizen and there are rights that he has. Some member of his family must step forward and inform US Embassy of his plight. They will investigate the matter and get to the bottom of it. And will smell. That case maybe “Dominica Drama Serial”
    Don’t joke with us de Americans, our country care and if asked they must step in. Bring in the FBI.

    • 4evatru
      May 30, 2013

      Read revelation you all about to fall.you all are the most sinful natio on earth

    • bias dcans
      May 30, 2013

      Which America you speaking about not the one I live in…America could not caremuch less if you commit a crome and make it worst being black…Welcome to Black in America…….you dcans make me laugh..AmericanS all over the world taking their jail f crimes committed…sll the embassy dors id give u a pass to reenter the US if y passport expires..npt even give i a plane tocket back…spend some time watching locked up abroad on tv

    • May 30, 2013

      Isnt seco a dominican citizen to. You sound so foolish talking about us the Americans. Sound like someoone looking for an identity. Poor you

    • May 31, 2013

      Did he become a U.S. Citizen before or after the alleged crime was committed? Did you hear of the
      American family that seeks justice in Dominica? What make you think Dominica can not do the same?

    • boyie
      May 31, 2013

      fool

      • Anonymous
        June 1, 2013

        :mrgreen: you are the FOOL!!!read and understand,the writer is making a valid point.

    • Papa Dom
      May 31, 2013

      He is also a Dominican citizen, so are you saying that his American citizenship is more valuable or important than the one he acquired at birth which he still holds?

    • Anonymous
      May 31, 2013

      As soon as the FBI would learn the vehicle not there, and investigate WHY it is no longer available, the tables could be turned and Dominicans would be shocked to know who they may advise police to bring charges against. Bring on the FBI and Scotland Yard!

    • I Die Nuh
      May 31, 2013

      But Annoymouse what does his US citizenship or yours have to do with the matter? How many American born Journalist, Soldiers have been held captive in Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, of more significance to their country than You or Secko could ever be and the US can’t go or refuse to go get them? Last I check his US Passport still list him and all of you banging your heads as Dominican! Come back with an argument when the court open, drop this. Clearly Secko smarter than you, smart enough to know if he’s name reach before a US Federal Court it will be trouble, hence his reason for coming back. Let the court to its work, or even appear to do it’s work.

    • claire
      May 31, 2013

      they well want to debawassay with all you idiot you think they stupid to waste their money on fools like you secko and those with criminal minds

    • budman
      May 31, 2013

      can anonymous be any more stupid?

  30. T
    May 30, 2013

    I AM WAITING TO HEAR OF THE OTHER ARRESTS!
    It’s getting interesting now.

    • easy-door
      May 30, 2013

      which other names? espayway toujours

      • claire
        May 31, 2013

        the judge above have it already and yours too

  31. che'
    May 30, 2013

    This is just a show being staged at Arawak House of Culture.

  32. balthazar
    May 30, 2013

    I have nothing to say under this name.
    I pray for justice in God name so that The guilty will be sanctioned and the innocent liberated in all ways.
    Too much talk in Dominica.
    I hate it.

  33. %
    May 30, 2013

    I AM SO VERY HAPPY that it is appearing that MR and Mrs GON Emmanuel MAY get justice. But it’s early days still. Whoever the culprits are, they deserve the heavy END of the law. GON Emmanuel I am With You Sir, and pray that JUSTICE IS SERVED!
    ANYONE ELSE WHO MAY HAVE BE INVOLVED, should be unmasked WITH SPEED..!

    • easy-door
      May 30, 2013

      the key word in that sentence there is ‘MAY’

  34. bias dcans
    May 30, 2013

    Secko..last week u were in the Big Apple eating Burgers and now you in stocky eating pork…lawwwwwwdddddd

  35. Reality Check
    May 30, 2013

    All this jumping to conclusions is exciting, but I do not see how the evidence will support this case. I will keep my peace until all is examined in the open court and hope there is a fair and unbiased assessment of the forensics.

    • May 30, 2013

      The only evidence they have is ‘Word of Mouth’ and Seko should not voluntarilyy go back there. He should let them come pick him up

    • Papa Dom
      May 31, 2013

      Are you an investigator on the case? How do you know what the police found out when they carried out their investigation? This is an unfortunate situation for which there should be no celebrations but it also means that people should not make foolish comments like yours.

  36. one stone
    May 30, 2013

    this is the Dominica i love,the rule of law is the most basic of attributes in a civilized country im happy,happy happy happy,i was starting to think that i was living back in the stone age :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  37. african queen
    May 30, 2013

    so what happen to murder charges.were they not inside their home so and escape.so if they did not they would have been killed.

    • Programmer
      May 30, 2013

      Stupid!! Who died from that incident?

    • FORKDEM
      May 30, 2013

      not murder but attempted murder

    • DOMERICAN
      May 30, 2013

      ATTEMPTED MURDER IS WHAT CAN BE APPLIED SWEETIE .. nobody died so who was murdered? learn the law before you come on DNO and bump your gums… Allu just like to talk for talking sake

  38. alas
    May 30, 2013

    For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, Nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.

    arise oh God! show your power! God bless you mr GON E.

  39. Doc Love
    May 30, 2013

    My comments on the matter earlier was to deny Seko bail and I am happy.I have no sympathy for him. Mr. Emanuel has been hurting for approximately three years,therefore, bail should be denied every time he appears in court for the next three years.

    • baby girl
      May 30, 2013

      i am hoping none of your family do not do dad thing shout your dirty mouth u need to get a life secko do not want u

      • Blessed
        May 30, 2013

        @Baby girl. Everyone have the right to speak their mind. U can’t tell anyone to shout their mouth. Rude creature.Check urself and not others. And who wants SEKO?

    • >>>>>>>>>>>>>
      May 30, 2013

      I FULLY AGREE WITH YOU DOC LOVE. GON needs justice.

  40. me1
    May 30, 2013

    Are’nt there others who are said to be involved in that case that are still out of the Island. If so don’t they have to come back to asnswer questions as well. That is a questions, i want an aswer please.

    • Grant
      May 30, 2013

      Although I do have sympathy for the victims, secko is still innocent until proven guilty. I am aware that people will talk and may form their own judgement, but I must say that he has my full support and justice will definitely be prevail. He is being condemned by his peers as you all are now the judge and the jury. Secko did not have to go back to Dominica but he did to set so many people mind at ease. Now that he’s in Dominica i ask that you all give him the benefit of the doubt. For the people that has prosecuted him, have you all seen the evidence? What is his motive? The thing is he did not have to pay a flight to be arrested on arrival….and I will continue to say he is innocent and he will be freed. Give me a break…let the evidence speak for itself and until then, I say….and this too shall pass.

  41. T mama
    May 30, 2013

    Mr and Mrs Emmanuel…GOD IS FIGHTING YOUR BATTLE FOR YOU!!!!….

  42. St.Joe
    May 30, 2013

    Boy look embarrassment. I am going to live on anyone of the other Islands St.lucia, Antigua any one of them, am not coming back to Dominica. Shame on the government and more Shame on the justice system… everthing is broken. It took two years for a victim, a man who served Dominica in a great way to see some type of crack in his case. They tried every way possible to make it a cold case. lie on the man and his poor wife saying that they are not cooperating. God is Good Mr Emanuel God is Good.

    • Tell it like it is
      May 30, 2013

      Thank for going bye :!: :!: :!: :!:

    • Anonymous
      May 30, 2013

      I feel soory for all the victims including the accused. But conspiry theory is playing who pay who and where is the root none of the guys have problem with Emmanuel. Bring in the FBI

    • Grand Bay Girl
      May 30, 2013

      bye lol

  43. Yang
    May 30, 2013

    Dominica and Dominicans are more than a bunch of lucky ‘copawason’ characters holding power–we are a people with strength, patience and deliberation. That’house of cards should begin to tremble a bit.
    Lets pray that this thing goes much further than these two hustlers.

  44. May 30, 2013

    its better for him to be behind bars because if they let him out his life might be in danger the big boys will pay to kill him

    • Ideall
      May 30, 2013

      you so right, i hope tey talk and name all the big ones involved

  45. sandy
    May 30, 2013

    If you play with FIRE don’t you expect to get burnt?
    My cameras are watching closely

  46. smh
    May 30, 2013

    my grandma have a bush tea allu can give seko so he can call the names of the big shot.

  47. grell
    May 30, 2013

    Seko give up them man my brother,you and Denny cany go down alone.Tony,Tony where are you.Seko talk please my brother.

  48. IPO
    May 30, 2013

    I hope the burnt car was saved for evidence

    • IPO
      May 30, 2013

      Why is seco dressed like a palestinian?….lol

    • >>>>>>>>>>>>>
      May 30, 2013

      Your blogs are not even being read. NONSENSICAL CONTRIBUTION.

  49. love
    May 30, 2013

    soooooooooooooooo long day had 2 hole de man *rolled ma eyes*

  50. curious
    May 30, 2013

    OMG!! There must be justice for the crimes that’s a no-brainer. But I read this and I got a sinking feeling that it’s part of a plan to get rid of the “Seco problem” which may open up a nasty can of worms. Maybe I’m just paranoid but can’t shake the feeling that the plan is to have Seco leave the prison in a casket.

    • peter piper
      May 30, 2013

      Hmmmmmmm

  51. Mamizoo
    May 30, 2013

    While many of us are Ineuphoria that the wheels of Justice seem to be turn around in favor of Mr Emmanuel ( deservingly do) the human element seem to go unnoticed. As I look at Sicko with his head covered the huan element of feeling of sympathy kicked in.
    As much Secko deserve this moment and more it would be heartless to not think about his family who is hurting even more nw that he is facing the prison walls. I am sure that hs family had also bern hurting for the last 3 years.
    I aso feel really really bad for Denny too. The poor gentleman was deliberately based by those who lured him into committing such a horrible crime. One may say well he is a notorious criminal but then why blame a Downey for going after the argot dangling in its face. As Denny stated in his confession he has even dealing with his demons and consciously wants t make a change. Now Denny is facing 15 yers in prison for a $ 400 job.
    I am sure that Denny too has a family that is hurting.
    How can we forget Mr Emanuel and hs wife and family. These people have had to endure ain and suffering that many of us cannot begin to understand. The loss of their physical properties, Livinging in fear, the false allegation that he burn this own house and to suggest that he tried to kill hs wife for insurance money ( although e was the one who woke up the wife so they could both get out of the inferno), the continuos lies from the police with motives, the teaming up of government ministers with people who have suggested that he burnt his own house, the fase accusation that he was not cooperating with the police investigation and the conniving effort by the animal show characters to suggest that he deliberately got rid of the burnt vehicle when clearly that was not the case. How many of us could sand up in the face of these atrocities. If we call ourselves a god fearing people we will go the distance in insuring that absolute justice prevails.

    I do hope that the god fearing factor really take hold of our country and that the people do the right thing and let the politicians, the senior counsels, lawyers and all other conniving participants know that enough is enough. We need to clean up the shop – too much recklessness and Crruption

    • Jimi Hendrix
      May 30, 2013

      Hand me some Kleenex. I am not one to condemn before the evidence is presented before the court, but is there is evidence to hold him and then he is successfully prosecuted, I can feel no sympathy for these types of people.

      People who do these types of things (and I am not saying that he is guilty of anything) do not deserve sympathy. They are selfish and they do not care about the suffering of others. Once their need for inflicting pain on others is satisfied, that is all they care about.

      I feel sympathy for their victims.

    • Observer
      May 30, 2013

      Humanity has gone out of our public discourse as a certain sectionof our populace seek at every to paint PM Skerit and anyone who lift a voice on his side as children of evil men and women. I understand your pain, but that is the reality in Dominica today. Say something positive about PM Skerrit or even an associate of his and you will feel the full gauntlet of those who have easy and unfettered access to the media. The only motivation in all this public lynching of soemone who has net even been tried at the magistrate court is to pain PM Skerrit bad. That is the first, second and third objective.

      • Rudolphia
        May 30, 2013

        To pain which PM? Guilty conscience need no accuser. Corn throw no fowl name call, but you done present a rooster that fraid to crow. Tired sing for your supper sakway sans honte!

      • Watch Dog
        May 31, 2013

        I have made some changes to the post. My changes are in block letters.

        Humanity has gone out of our public discourse as a certain section of our populace seek at every point to DEFEND PM Skerrit and PAINTS anyone who lifts a voice TO CRITICIZE HIM as children of evil men and women.

        I understand your pain, but that is the reality in Dominica today. Say something NEGATIVE about PM Skerrit or even an associate of his and you will feel the full gauntlet of those who have easy and unfettered access to the media(ESPECIALLY KAIRI, DBS AND GIS). The only motivation in all this public SHIELDING of soemone who has been CHARGED at the magistrate court FOR A SERIOUS CRIME is to SUCK UP to PM Skerrit bad. That is the first, second and third objective.

    • budman
      May 30, 2013

      one of the most insightful posts that i have ever read on this website

    • megzo
      May 30, 2013

      well said my broda

  52. plot 69
    May 30, 2013

    WoW UWP have a bone to eat. I hope You all choke on it. nothing can deny the fact … that has no reflection on the fact that the government is doing a fantastic job for the country.

    • Anonymous
      May 30, 2013

      hehehe, lol, lmao, you are too funny, 8-O :lol:

    • Fed-up!
      May 30, 2013

      What does your comment have to do with the fact that a crime was committed? Sick sick sick! Get a life and stop being a boom boom fly. Grow up man!

    • ha
      May 30, 2013

      should be plot of fools!!

    • Compre Tig
      May 30, 2013

      just see how stupid and ignorant you sound
      the police should question you as well
      you doesnt want to see justice serve
      DA

    • MET YO
      May 30, 2013

      well I am sure the 62 dislikes vs the 4 likes made you realise how dumb you sound. Alot of allu wicked Dominicans will bow allu heads in shame one of those days.

    • stupes
      May 30, 2013

      the government is doing what a government is SUPPOSE TO DO!!!! dont fool allu self by new roads and red clinic. stupes. some of allu dumbinicans real sot wii. hmmm… is the additional mahjee they doign that have wanting them out!!!! I AM A LOBOUR RITE but i DO NOT support what they doing these days. This is NOT the real Labour party! open your eyes!!!!

      • yess
        May 31, 2013

        TRUE!!! this is NOT the real labour party. and you know what, we voting them OUT!

    • FORKDEM
      May 30, 2013

      what does this case has to do with UWP…idiot

  53. May 30, 2013

    If you are part of a problem you should be a part of the SOLUTION. You would be “naive” to take the FALL ALONE.

  54. Masterpiece
    May 30, 2013

    Tell them who gave you the project.

  55. carbon dioxide
    May 30, 2013

    I am not convinced nothing will come from this . Just head Tony on kairi news trying to suggest that denny just trying to implicate innocent secko in this and by extension the pm and his lawyer

    just a few question for senior council

    1. Do you honestly believe Denny just randomly choose the house of Mr. Emanuel to Burn

    2. About a year ago you said, Earl Sicko Secko Grant was simply serving Juror duty and renewing his passport and would soon return to Dominica to clear his name; why did it take so long ? . what case goes on for a year nonstop ?.

    3. As it relates to blaircourt ( the villa company) why was that company get initially incorporated by Earl sicko secko Grant with the office address being identical to the PM lawyer address

    4. Do you support this act on the poor people ?

    5. How would react if this was your parents ?

  56. castle bruce
    May 30, 2013

    huh something is happeningggggggggggg babalen working let the work of light take it course

  57. Skeleton
    May 30, 2013

    Seko boy make a plea bargain. Sell out the big fish dem.Don’t go down alone.

  58. May 30, 2013

    sell them out brother.that will be good

  59. mr kub
    May 30, 2013

    Hahaha bet the q95 possieos regid with joy

    • love
      May 30, 2013

      yes we are

    • John Paul
      May 30, 2013

      So it is at least we not threatening to go after anyone with DRONES.We not calling anyone TERRORISTS ,We just want JUSTICE for 2 Senoir Citizens.
      You have a problem with that ? Then You really have a problem!

      • John Paul
        May 30, 2013

        If I may add they were sleeping in their bed on Christmas Day for God’s sake.Imagine if that was You just maybe You would appreciate some support in the light of the events and accusations

    • May 30, 2013

      mr kub i thought you would be happy for the senor citizens it could be your mom and daD OR GRAND PARENT YOU MUST HAVE MERCY
      WICKED LABOUR RIGHT

    • mr kub
      May 31, 2013

      See how easy it is to push your buttons :lol:

  60. IM SATISFIED
    May 30, 2013

    NON SENSE!

  61. Anonymous
    May 30, 2013

    He need to stay behind bars, because as soon as he is out on bail he will flee

    Keep his behind bars, and get the rest of the crew

    • fedupo
      May 30, 2013

      el stupido. foreigners goin on bail and domincans going jail. look a country. if i had the resources i would so leave this place and come back when i old and ready to die.

      • Mr. Nobody!
        May 30, 2013

        Hello!!!!!!!!! If the crime committed by the ‘foreigners’ was seen to not be serious enough to refuse them bail and the circumstances accessed by the courts where seen to favour bail being granted, then foreigner or not, the person should be granted bail. If the Dominican’s circumstances were judged to be different and were seen to be such as to warrant refusal of bail, then so be it!! Let the courts do their jobs irrespective of the person’s nationality. Stand clear of them and support them when they are fair………….period!!!

      • FORKDEM
        May 30, 2013

        who cares

  62. confused
    May 30, 2013

    this coment is not about the guilt or innocense of the guy its about the reason that was given to refuse bail. The same Court gave bail to a foreigner, a vincentian who was charged for importattion of drugs. Wasn’t he a flight risk and yes he did flee the state. That does not make sense. Seko got property in Dominica. and his travel documents can be confiscated. That Court is strange. You can grant bail to foriegners who have NOTHING tying them to Dominica but this one is a flight risk. WOW.

    • Anonymous
      May 30, 2013

      ok i agree with you on that one. both of these guys would pose a flight risk and should be denied bail.

    • curious
      May 30, 2013

      You have a point, but you haven’t considered the elephant in the room. The Crime occurred almost three years ago and although he knew he was a person of interest in the matter, he stayed away until now. Hence it is logical that the judge considers him a flight risk.

      • Mr. Nobody!
        May 30, 2013

        Well said ‘Curious’!!!!!!

    • Anonymous
      May 30, 2013

      well this really makes alot of sense my friend

    • brandonj
      May 30, 2013

      Your dotish labourite.singing for ur supper.

      • Observer
        May 30, 2013

        Can you put soe melody to what you claim to be a song. Foreigners on drug importation charges can get bail. a Dominican withbusiness interest thatcan be fortfitted cannot get bail? Does that make sense particularly after the Chief Magistrate herself submitted that the Prosecution has not given any good reason to deny bail other than being a flight risk. We need a bail act and fast too Mr. Attorney General. Shouldn’t Secko’s defence call all those who claim to know the facts about what happened to come out and speak their mind where it matters most – before a judge and jury?

      • Tulip2013
        May 30, 2013

        Try going down and vote if you don’t like the present party…ooopppsss you can’t!!!

    • afan
      May 30, 2013

      you don’t have a point, cause the cases are so very different… in the case of the vincentian, he was initially charged with the offense, it was then withdrawn. the man was convicted on the other charges and spent time in jail for that crime and was later rearrested upon his release from jail on the same offense which the crown prosecutor had withdrawn… so you trying to draw an analogy there is lame at best and seem to be some type of Jedhi mind trick meant to confuse and stir sow cross island hatred

      • concerned
        May 30, 2013

        sorry maybe I should have said which Vincentian I am referring to. I am not speaking of the recent matter I speak of an earlier matter where a Vincentian was bailed, with cash as the security, and he fled the country. My argument is, we need to define who is a flight risk and in my eyes everyone is a flight risk cause I can leave the state illegally even if you confiscate my travel document or I am living in Dominica. Years ago Dion Leblanc who was involved in the Passport scandal with that police officer and former police officer was bailed he was not considered a flight risk and he did flee the state. Do you remember where he worked at the time he was issuing Birth Certificates in the name of dead people to assist Berrige in obtaining Passports for Haitians? some of us tend to mix up our emotions with the issue at hand, which is Bail and the right to bail and the reasons given in law to withhold Bail. How is Earl Grant more of a Flight Risk than anyone else who holds dual citizenship? The Magistrate must act in accordance with the rule of Law always. Anyway, lets hope that closure can be brought to this sad episode in our country. Peace.

  63. real facts
    May 30, 2013

    hmmmmm something is happening hmmm sico seco since u are denied bail u need to sell them out on ur next appearance to court hmmmm boy doh go down alone bring them gwo boug down with u bro

    • dn't count ur chicks
      May 30, 2013

      de padner done get a run down of how de scene going to work out. I just ah watch and observe…

      • carbon dioxide
        May 30, 2013

        i support u 1000% , however to every road there is a bend and to every rope there is an end…. they can fly their kite all they want, one day their kite must come down

    • kb Lyric
      May 30, 2013

      yep it have more ppl behind dat he should bring them out instead he go down alone …

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