Calypsonian charged in St. Joseph shooting

 

Chris B performing during the calypso season earlier this year
Chris B performing during the calypso season earlier this year

Budding calypsonian, Chris “Chris B” Sylvester, of St Joseph has pleaded not guilty to four out of six charges filed against him in relation to a shooting incident in St. Joseph.

He appeared in court on Friday after it was alleged that he was involved in the incident which occurred in the community on July 8th.

Sylvester was charged with possession of a firearm, namely one .32 star Trademark Pistol, without a valid license, possession of a certain ammunition, namely one live round of .32 ammunition, without a valid license, possession a firearm with intent to endanger life and discharging five rounds of .32 ammunition in a public place, namely the St Joseph public road.

He pleaded not guilty to all four of these charges.

Sylvester was also charged with unlawfully and maliciously shooting Evalina Baptiste with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and unlawfully and maliciously shooting Laken Charles with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He was not allowed to enter a plea since both charges are indictable.

Magistrate Bernard Pacquette set bail of $60,000 after he refused a submission by Sylvester’s attorney, Joshua Francis, to set it at $15,000.

Sylvester has been remanded at the Stockfarm State Prison since he did not have any proper sureties for bail.

The Magistrate gave the defendant until Monday 14th July, to secure proper sureties

The trial is expected to begin on December 9, 2014 at the St Joseph Magistrate Court.

The police say the incident occurred after an alleged argument over $2.

Chris B was named Stardom King of the Tent earlier this year.

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68 Comments

  1. July 14, 2014

    Remember (NO LAW NO CONSTITUTION )

  2. Wise-up
    July 13, 2014

    I do not condone what the other Stardom guy, the mighty Picky did but against your crime, I could now foregive him easily, but not you. Give the crown to Picky.

  3. C://win8
    July 13, 2014

    a king fighting for $2…. wattha …..

  4. MeCamem
    July 13, 2014

    Well, lets look at something positive about DA on CNN.
    Copy the link and paste it.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/09/travel/worlds-strangest-lakes/index.html?hpt=hp_c4

  5. posse
    July 12, 2014

    You have de gun you shoot you guilty! guilty! guilty!

  6. eye
    July 12, 2014

    Why is dons and diva so expensive. Has anyone purchased something there. I’m I straying from the topic. Some people cannot even pay bus fare.

    • real possie
      July 14, 2014

      DNO how can u let something so of topic come in but hey we all know why.

  7. $2
    July 12, 2014

    I GUESS HE “JUST COME” HIS NEXT SOUND SHOULD BE”JUST COME OUT JAIL”

  8. Ba Yo Bwa
    July 12, 2014

    Life is truly interesting. How many artists have cast a shadow on what will befall them in song? We can name a few: Bob Marley, Lord Maestro, John Lennon. Well Chubby sang and foretold his revenge in “Coco Sec.” But you get the point.

    Chris B’s is a strange twist of fate. Wonder if his could have been avoided, if he had taken time to heed his own words?
    Or is it a question of life imitating art. Whatever it is, we should all take warning. Life is indeed strange.

    They say, when your neighbor’s house is on fire, wet yours. Karma is a ….. you know what.

  9. The Old Adage
    July 12, 2014

    Stick and stones can break my bones but WORDS cannot do me no harm. You could have just told him YFH(Your father’s horse) or YMA(Your mother’s Astaphan). Then go your merry way. None of you would be hurt.

  10. Albert joseph
    July 12, 2014

    May Jacco’s Sprit reign over st.Joe,May the true sprit of determination and ambition grow in St.Joe, May peace and love return in St.Joe amist the division and confusion that is rampant in this here,Onetime vibrant village,home to dynamic and talented People,a once strong Agricultural bread basket of the huxter trade,A well located village to grow intio a vibrant tourist and recreational area ,If only the sprit of our freedom fighter Jacco, could mystically ignite the people to work towards one Goal.I cry to the MOST HIGH;to help my people Help themselves to get rid of THIS Devisive elements that is plaguing this country.Jah help my people;I condem no one;I just Pray for everyone;Too much devision fustration confusion and POLITICAL confrontation in this here region.
    JAH BLESS.

    • The Facts
      July 15, 2014

      That JAH you call on cannot help Dominica. Is it any wonder that such occurs in Dominica and it is increasing. You recognize and worship the wrong god. Where did you get that jAH from?
      There is only one God. If you mean Our Almighty Father which Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us to call him, then call him by His Most Holy Name. This is the One and Only One who is can and is capable of assisting us to obtain eternal salvation. It is not by any other name.

  11. Shame
    July 12, 2014

    Can sombody please tell me why the drug lord is offered bail. A single mother is still hospitalized. Her innocent children are to fend for themselves while the attempted murderar is looking for bailout. Do something about the lawless place. The nite club and drugs stores are still conducting business asusal. Is there a sane person to stop this blatantly disrespect for human life. There are 3 people over 100 years leaving in that area . They deserve to have a dignified life. Who do we have to bring in to stop the drug dealers and paros. Clean back street. Give usthe peace and tranquility our innocent children deserve. How many more are going to get stab and shot. No no nite club or disco should operate in such a closed environment. Please don’t make it a political issue.

  12. listener
    July 12, 2014

    My dear Dominicans lets all take a deep breathe and do a little thinking, while we all condemn this wreckless action by Chris let’s take a look outside the box we are all disappointed in the action of a this young promising calypsonian and we are equally sorry for the damage done to the innocent ppl, But the late grate Bob Marley once said, IF YOU LIVE IN A GLASS HOUSE DON’T THROW STONES, I have children like most of you and tomorrow it might just be one of us greeted with a bad news, so let’s think about this, I personally condemn his action but I feel for this young man I hope he learns a lesson from this bad judgement.

    • Browne,C (Rastafari)
      July 14, 2014

      ” IF YOU LIVE IN A GLASS HOUSE DON’T THROW STONES” That was Peter Tosh, listener…need to do a better job @ listening. :-D

    • The Facts
      July 15, 2014

      great

      Call a spade a spade. Do not water down what this man did. I wish you feel that way always for everyone;, those who also comment on this Website.

  13. Pretty One
    July 12, 2014

    :cry: What happen to my friend? I am praying for you.

  14. ATKINSON
    July 12, 2014

    A sad situation, and poor choices made by adults, which makes it bad for everyone :(

  15. HELP
    July 12, 2014

    The political parties that are inciting violence must answer for their actions. The reign of terror in St. Joseph by the opposite team must cease immediately. The shooting in Back Street was not a random act of violence. It was a lord in his turf taking care of business with no regard for human lives. The anti-government forces are challenging our democracy and society. Before the individual could be charged his Alcapoon father provided the party lawyer.
    Prime Minister Skerrit, your have a moral obligation and commitment to fight the communal forces that are trying to undermine the fabric of our society. Go back street the people t are living through hell, this is the strong hold and regular hang out for the present senator of St. Joe.
    A nation can only progress when the core of that society, including women, children and the elderly can go out without fear. If you ever talk about the 24/7 smoke shop that you encounter while in your home or walking the streets your risk retribution from the lords. Do not put a bandage over it fix it.
    We need to sustain harmony by closing the so call disco that starts a 4 pm until 7am next day. The drug store operate without any fear from the law. Three people were shot almost wiped out. The single mother who seats in the market every week in order to feed her children, her life was almost ended. Please make the necessary changes that will restore law and order. The social media and politicians who incite violence should be held accountable. Stop this Lawlessness.

  16. true Dominican
    July 12, 2014

    Woye. Another daughter left without a daddy. Those fellas don’t care.

  17. stunky
    July 11, 2014

    killing someone over $2 is just plain wicked

  18. The Facts
    July 11, 2014

    He willfully shot at the man and the amount of shots he spent doing so injured two others and he is pleading not guilty? He had an unlicensed fire arm and ammunition. He almost killed them. He should not have been allowed to plead guilty. Man, you are guilty as Hell. Bear the consequences of your bad temper and action.

  19. Randolph
    July 11, 2014

    My St. Joseph brother went rogue over 2 measly dollars :?: ..I have heard that life in Senjo is hard, but this is simply unacceptable behavior.

  20. Fil
    July 11, 2014

    They so that are singing songs to criticize the country see what you did. He came right back at you.

  21. they
    July 11, 2014

    What a shame almost kill three people for two Dollars. What is two dollars? These lawyers are making things worst pleading for these criminals. The system stinks.

  22. Friend
    July 11, 2014

    Oh my boy Chris! I am sure that there is more to that story. I have know you all of my life and I know that you will ddefinitely not shoot someone for the reason that the media stated. Wish I was in Dominica, would definitely ensure that you got bail.

  23. For this cause.
    July 11, 2014

    All of all you that saying senjo poor is senjo that didn’t pay the $2.00. Read the story. Chris shoot he will pay the time for his crime. What that have to do with senjo being poor. A wonder all you didn’t say is skerrit or Kelver fault.

  24. jus sayin
    July 11, 2014

    Am I think hole of Dominica is poor so I don’t know wat allu say.so if allu doe HV nothing 2 say plz shout allu back door ok :?:

  25. bernardini
    July 11, 2014

    :(

  26. Anonymous
    July 11, 2014

    first was ghetto prince now is chris b. hmmmmmmmm

  27. Watchman
    July 11, 2014

    St . Joe is getting out of control !! wa pa pa $2.00 well St.Joe really poor and need a change. Hold on folks change will come very very soon

  28. Ms Kubuli
    July 11, 2014

    ‘Violence’ in the streets 8-O

  29. Hurting
    July 11, 2014

    What other tragedy will it take for the people to take back our streets. Back street belongs to everyone, not just the drug dealers. We have sat by silently and fearfully and watch the drug lords and child molesters operate openly without impunity. Yes, I did say Child molesters. Your little girls cannot walk without they making advances at them. Parents have to accompany their children at all times, because the drug consumption and transition has become business as usual. No this isn’t the type of community we were raised inn,
    Enough It is up to all of us to eradicate the old goats from causing more harm to a society that is already bleeding.
    Are we going to sit by and see a few uneducated henchmen take over? it is for real.! Let us take the responsibility to educate and activate the young minds. This shooting was not a simple coincident, wake up, some of us fear the retribution, therefore, we have remain silent. We may have different political belief, but the community is bleeding and hurting. It is time somebody speak up! This is not the end, but we must have a beginning to have the end.
    Take our streets Back. Take Back Street First. I don’t’ want to hear no political agenda. Everyone of them have more land than you could imagine, but the drug money is faster and sweeter
    .

  30. Anonymous
    July 11, 2014

    Dem calysonians own lyrics does come back to hunt dem

  31. hmmmm
    July 11, 2014

    not guilty ? not you that shoot then ? lol

  32. innocent ones sorry
    July 11, 2014

    turly the poorest behaviour from the poorest village for 2 dollars all that. come on. sad sad sad, the sprit of
    lawlessness has taken over.do we hear from the minister for national security no he has no morale authority,. look the way they protected sko seco that man deny shilling ford confess saying paid him to burn mr Emanuel home.every government minister was on kari fm including pm skerrit to protect and defend.Dominica where are we heading???

    • voice 4 da voiceless
      July 11, 2014

      please stick to the issue at hand……you people make everything an issue of politics in this small country of ours……..damn! a crime was committed, justice must be served, full stop!

      • Truth
        July 11, 2014

        The PM has set a precedent (No Law…..No) and its manifesting in every fibre of society.

    • Reader
      July 11, 2014

      I think you well know that this issue is much more than $2. No one – and I emphasize, NO ONE – is Sen Joe is so poor (as you describe us) to shoot someone for $2. Do your own homework and stop spewing out the nonsense you hear others say. Blessings and Peace!

      • Pretty One
        July 12, 2014

        I agree with you full-time! don’t repeat garbage about St Joe. We are ST Joe City!

      • Anonymous
        July 12, 2014

        What was the shooting about? What would allow someone to feel it is okay to shoot two people out in the open just like that? Where are the morals in Dominica? I would very much appreciate if someone could shine light on this catastrophe.

      • ?
        July 12, 2014

        @Reader
        Do ypu know how poor Dominica is? Well for your information, it is one of the poorest country in the region. St Joe is not the only poor village. I gusess all the villages have the same struggle that St Joseph people are going through.
        BAD LEADERSHIP!!!!

    • Anonymous
      July 11, 2014

      Rubbish again from yet another blue-infested pea brain!!!!!

    • Hurting
      July 11, 2014

      Dominica poor and St. Joe in Dominica. Shut YOUR front door.

    • July 11, 2014

      do you expect skeritte to know if chris had a gun idiot

    • missmostDominican
      July 11, 2014

      what is your point idiot? because i just don’t get.

    • Anonymous
      July 13, 2014

      This is pure IGNORANCE..LEARN TO WRITE PROPERLY! Y’ALL LIKE TO BRING DOWN YOUR OWN PEOPLE/COUNTRY

  33. July 11, 2014

    A reckless consequence, a result of all the incendiary utterances in the political atmosphere. Jah guide and protection to all Dominicans.

    • ?
      July 12, 2014

      @it matters What do you expect when the leader of the government is saying to the world “No Law Not Even The Constitution Can stop Me”?
      Can you imagine this words coming from the mouth of a Prime Minister? What do you expect from the ordinary citizen?

  34. shaka zulu
    July 11, 2014

    He will be stockfarm’s king of the Penn. Loved your song my brother but you cannot do that. Hope justice is swift.

  35. July 11, 2014

    :?:

  36. dominican s
    July 11, 2014

    so much money and land ur father have , he not going to bail you. wel u always know that cuz in ur song u said big chef can not grant you bail. take a rest stock farm man maybe big clef will feel sorry 4 u. if u name was in some thing good he would be front line, but so it is .

    • Pretty One
      July 12, 2014

      God is for every one. he will not stay in Stockfarm.

  37. Shoot Again
    July 11, 2014

    What a joke! Bail set at what!!!!!? the two people (animals) who were shot in their yard have no value?. Mr. Francis your reasoning is appealable! Can you in your right mind defend a criminal who indiscriminately pull out his gun and started shooting. That was a single mother who took the bullets for her three children who were playing in her yard. Tomorrow his father will bail him out to finish what he started………………. He did not shoot for us fare? The Drug dealers in Back Street will love you! Immediate intervention is needed in Back Street, St. . Joe. Give us back our village! Don’t make it a political issue!

    • >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
      July 12, 2014

      @Shoot Again Good quesstion you ask of Francis. It’s just that you are a DAM HYPOCRITE, since we have lawyers here on island that are defending corruption (which is also a crime) but you stay MOO MOO or even support these lawyers. It’s people like you who are BAD EXAMPLES either through greediness or just a corrupt mind bent on destroying the country and sinking the younger generation into greater poverty that you are in today.
      YOU ARE TOO … POLITICALLY CORRUPT!
      You must be a Labourite spewing this filth!

  38. $0.50c x 4
    July 11, 2014

    Action speaks. You should just have rebuked satan. Are you saying that each of the two people shot worth a dollar!
    I am going to open a $2.00 Reddom Wednesday clinic for people like you, if that’s what it takes to save you from killing for $2.00.

  39. dayandnightvision
    July 11, 2014

    Let them make calypso about people still and not clean their backyard

    • The Facts
      July 11, 2014

      What goes around comes around in time and two-fold, if not more. The way they treat people, it will return to them. No one gets away from this.

  40. Sensei
    July 11, 2014

    wow…smh.

  41. silentoney2k
    July 11, 2014

    Well, my friend. This is how you Exhale so you end up in Jail and No One to give you Bail

  42. Child of God
    July 11, 2014

    Why jeopardize your future over two dollars. I guess you now have time to reflect on your actions. You didn’t live up to your song. You allow the devil to fulfill your own song using you.

    • The Facts
      July 11, 2014

      Half the time or more, they are only songs to thrill the people and for a prize. Do they really mean it?

  43. country girl
    July 11, 2014

    is that :-D :lol: :mrgreen:

    • July 11, 2014

      $2 what a shame he was brokes man…….. :( see where the $2 bring you now st Joe people need to come together an stop the politics that going in the community…….!!!!

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