UPDATE: Case against Earl ‘Seko’ Grant dismissed

Conspiracy-to-commit- arson case against Earl "Seko" Grant (center) has been dismissed
Conspiracy-to-commit-arson case against Earl “Seko” Grant (center) has been dismissed

A case against Earl ‘Seko’ Grant, who was facing charges in relation to the alleged firebombing of the home of former magistrate, GON Emanuel in 2010, has been dismissed.

Grant was facing a charge of conspiracy to commit arson in connection with the incident.

Following the fire, he was implicated in a confession by Denny Shillingford who alleged that he set the fire on Grant’s orders.

On Wednesday the prosecution told the court that no further evidence will be presented in the matter.

“Your Honour, the prosecution offers no further evidence in this matter,” said State Attorney attached to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Sherma Dalrymple.

She was the one in control of the case involving Grant and Shillingford.

A number of witnesses took to the stand, among them, the investigating officer and Shillingford.

In his testimony, Shillingford, who is 33 years, told the court that on the day in question, December 24, one day before the fire, he was partying at “Jam Down” and never left.

“I was in the company of lots of people (names called). I never left Jam Down,” he said. “I misled the police because I was charged in 2008 with the murder of Vincentian national Cecil Boatswain. I spent 19 months in jail, was release(d) in August 2009 and said I have to get my revenge because the police do me wrong, so I mislead them.”

After hearing from State Attorney Dalrymple, Magistrate Bernard Pacquette told Grant, “The prosecution has failed to prove a prima facie case against you. The case is dismissed and your passport will be returned.”

Speaking to reporters outside the courtroom Grant said, “I am so happy I don’t even know what to say.”

He maintained that since his arrest in 2013 he has been proclaiming his innocence and is not surprised at the outcome.

“When God knows that you did not do anything, he gets you out,” Grant stated. “I want to thank my lawyers Gilbert Peterson SC and Heather Felix Evans for doing a good job.”

He said that he will be meeting with his lawyer to assess the entire situation noting, “believe me, it has a round two.”

He said he has learnt “a serious lesson” that he will “never forget.”

Trinidadian lawyer, Gilbert Peterson SC, who led the case for Grant, along with Heather Felix Evans, explained that “the investigations should have prevented the charges from being laid.”

“From cross examining the investigator, he revealed that he had pursued several lines of investigations during the course of his investigations and as he did, he kept having doubts about the integrity of the case and the veracity of the main witness and so,” he said. “That should have put the decision maker on alert and the charge should not have been brought. That was revealed in court and so the case was ill conceived.”

Grant said the option for civil action is open, noting that while the investigator did his job, those responsible for reviewing the files (the decision makers) should pay close attention to the material unearthed.

“If they had stepped back and assessed the evidence dispassionately and independently, I don’t think this charge would have been brought,” he stated.

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100 Comments

  1. Abitrator
    January 23, 2015

    Why is it that all the BIG crimes in Dominica go unsolved? But the petty crimes involving mostly the poor are viciously penalized.

  2. Hurt and Confused
    January 23, 2015

    Hello God are out there?
    Can you hear me are you listening anymore?
    Hello God if we’re still on speaking terms can you help me like before?
    I have questioned your existence
    My resistance leaves me cold
    Can you help me go the distance ?
    Hello God, Hello God
    This world has gone to pieces
    Can we fix it is there time?
    Hate and violence just increases
    We’re so selfish, cruel and blind
    Can we fix it? Is there time?
    We fight and kill each other in your name defending you
    Do you love some more than others?
    We’re so lost and so confused
    Hello God can you hear us aren’t you listening anymore?

    Dedicated to Mr and Mrs. Emanuel. God knows who firebombed your house. Don’t hold onto any hate let them go in due to they too shall answer to him as vengeance belongs to GOD. My heart hurts when I hear people who ought to know better laugh at this unfortunate situation. Whether you are Labourite, Workers, Freedom, Catholic, Christian, Seventh Day we ought to stand in…

  3. January 23, 2015

    how can we blame the judicial system when the main (only) witness recants his “confession”

  4. anon
    January 22, 2015

    Here we go again. The only time justice is served in Dominica as far as the UWP or Team Dominica is concerned is when it is favorable to them. Only the UWP and its supporters can can mention god and they believe that god guides their actions, the conceit and arrogance of this group amazing. The police from day one had questions about the cofession of Mr. Shillingford, that was quickly turned into a political issue, compounded also by the ignorance of Mr. Prevost.Now that Shillingford has recanted his story and the case cannot go forward, we hear from UWP supporters about Mr. Emmanuel getting justice in heaven and vengeance. If you UWP supporters know so much why not make the information public so that the case can be properly prosecuted….. lets go with the thumbs down.

    • Views Expressed
      January 22, 2015

      Rubbish analysis…absolute rubbish response

  5. Marcus Hill
    January 22, 2015

    The next case that will be dropped is the 42 counts of criminal charges!

  6. Kaiso
    January 22, 2015

    Calypsonian De Bobb sings it beautifully, “Be careful what you so.”

    With all the corruption, illegal acts, firebombing, money-laundering, crimes of all sorts, yet those who grovel at the feet of Massa, continue to hypocritically advocate about too much politics in Calypso. They cringe when they hear the truth. The songs’ lyrics disturb their warped minds.

    When they hear those patriotic songs, this Year will be no exception, exposing the oppression of the oppressed, marginalized, and down-trodden as well as the ills that the oppressor engage in, they are forced to defend and protect Massa and corruption.

  7. anonymous2
    January 22, 2015

    What a farce and horse and pony show this whole thing is. Justice? What’s that!

  8. Observer
    January 22, 2015

    Dominica investigation team and prosecutors full of sh#$. A man gave so much detail, and you could not follow up those details and see whether they were consistent with the evidence? I hope this is NOT the end of this case. This heinous crime needs to the pursued until justice is served. I see in the US, guys that did crimes in their teens got arrested in retirement age. Just so, such case should never die!

  9. is GOD seeing?
    January 22, 2015

    mr Emanuel and wife if you are reading this i wish to remind you that there are many others that is denied justice in Dominica you are not alone,one person that is constantly crying on the radio is mrs Diarample her son was killed in daylight
    in a Canaveral band in Roseau. many others so hold tight as the saying go.

  10. TOFFEE CITY
    January 22, 2015

    a man gave such a vivid recollection including color of the container he had the gas in, JR bar the vehicle who picked him up.

    • January 23, 2015

      a lot of his evidence (like the yellow container) came from reorts already in the public domain through the media..his other “evidence’ was INCONSISTENT

  11. concerned Dominican
    January 22, 2015

    jUST oBSERVING IS IT TH at you doing just observing you should display what is good and what is bad diplay some backbone and honesty.

  12. asrasmaspass
    January 22, 2015

    Tony SC was right

  13. THE LAW
    January 22, 2015

    There is a charge called “Wasting Police Time” and another “Perverting the course of justice”. Lets see if the police will charge Denny Shillingford for these two crimes that he on oath confessed to have committed. Two cooked cases, lets see how this PANS OUT

  14. NKRUMAH KWAME
    January 22, 2015

    To all the distinguised delinquents of the Nature Isle, it is my most fervent hope that they will one day answer for their atrocities!! I think, if not mistaken, that it was the Trinidadian calypsonian “Black Stalin” who sang: birds that fly high, must come down to die.

    HOTEP!

  15. The voice of god?
    January 22, 2015

    NEW NATIONAL ANTHEM
    I know radio ain’t gonna play this… but I just can’t help but sing it, cause I know is truth.
    Yeah, we hear it so much we probably numb to it by now. After all, it’s the new Dominica way right?

    Our people getting away with murders as if is godly
    yet people get fired for allowing dead crab backs go free;
    We sweeping money thinking it was trash, yet we get promoted for doing what’s wrong
    Child sexual abuse we say we against, but we don’t mind sueing those that call it by name
    We building Villas all over the place, but we using the Christians, cause to them is a testimony (melody)

    We can burn down the house; but when God knows that you did not do anything, he gets you out
    We can do what we know is wrong; but we know god is good all the time
    In years gone by the Church kept us in check, but now the church is worse than we are
    We pay them money to keep their mouth shut cause is money they loved and not Jesus,
    Are there evangelist, pastors,…

  16. maindesk
    January 22, 2015

    Denny tells us that he wanted to have revenge on the police by admitting and confessing to a major crime. TimTim Brilliant stuff.

  17. The voice of god?
    January 22, 2015

    And I quote again “No law, no constitution can stop me…” “Go to Hell, Go to Hell, Go to Hell” The only thing is, we seem to have gone to HELL much sooner than I anticipated because quite frankly, Hell is the only place where justice will not be granted.

    • Ba Yo Bwa
      January 22, 2015

      Read what you wrote. Not what you wanted to say. Or is it simply that you don’t understand English. The people have spoken. Move on. You not tired yet? And, which hell are you speaking of, by the way?

  18. Lang Mama
    January 22, 2015

    Denny said he was deliberately misleading the police so what was he doing to Seko and the awyet by mentioning their names.
    If Denny can make up a story like that with pin point details then Denny is definitely one of Dominica’s gem – a prolific story teller ; a remarkable actor and this guy shoud be nominated for a Hollywood award. Denny gave details of te crime scene and I can only assume that he had been at te site at some point before formulating his story.
    Denny if you can creat thes drama episodes to create a character role for himself as the disgruntled villain who in real life decided to avenge the payer character by not only spilling the beans but by also selling te property of the payer inthe village of St Joe.
    I hoe THST Denny can get ths movie in 3D and on blue ray

  19. John Paul
    January 22, 2015

    Did the Magistrate lay charges or even suggest laying charges against Denny for misleading the police?Are the Police going to lay charges for being misled by Denny?
    If this was a case where there was an assasination attempt on the Prime Minister for example and someone bore false witness in such a case i wonder what would have been the reaction of the Police?
    The Fact is Gon Emanuel and His wife were firebombed .This is attempted Murder ,this is serious business.
    A Man was arrested for Ganja in Portsmouth and in an attempt to get Him to speak He was beaten and lost His life.
    What is going on ?????

    • Ba Yo Bwa
      January 22, 2015

      What is this you making? A soup? Can’t you stay on point? What is the moral of your story anyway? Alas!

  20. Lougawoo Mem
    January 22, 2015

    I love that one because I predicted the outcome would be a dead horse, and so it is. It’s a very sad day for our judicial system, the people and the country. May be one day a Devine Power shall enlighten the People to do what is right to protect “Equal Rights & Justice,” in a real “Democracy.

    Meanwhile we must continue to pray for Mr. Gon Emmanuel and his wife for continued good health and longevity. God bless Dominica.

  21. Bribbed Diaspora
    January 22, 2015

    Money Talks. Freenice brings worriness and unhappiness. Denny boy, what was your number?

  22. Linton
    January 22, 2015

    When punishment is not sure and swift, crime skyrockets. Legislatures and courts make more crime.

    Ecclesiastes 8:11
    Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily,
    therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

    Big money comes in protecting the truly guilty, while crushing those who are innocent. Lawyers running our illegal legal system have learned there is no money in swift justice :mrgreen:

  23. brutus
    January 22, 2015

    so if the general election result had gone the other way, then you are telling me there would old mass in dominica politically? that’s ignorance, let’s learn to stop party politicizing dominica that way, for those who wants to criticize any one calling on god is pure stupidity, remember when something bad happen to us the first set of words that come from our mouth is oh my god or bondye.

  24. Democracy 4 Dominica
    January 22, 2015

    HOGWASH!!!! If the ARSONIST account of event is correct, the accused need not be present at scene of crime. Therefore, the fact that he was at ‘A JAM and was seen by several individuals’. means nothing.
    God Jehovah knows who is responsible and will act accordingly. Those who think they can manipulate the justice system, cannot escape the wrath of God. It will catch up with you sooner than later.
    Mr. Emmanuel in GOD we trust.

  25. BRAIN DAMAGE
    January 22, 2015

    Seko, best you start to roll your rosary.

  26. I am
    January 22, 2015

    I am not shocked by this verdict
    Seko was always free in any case. The police did not want to touch the man because of you know who, so no surprise there.
    This is not shocking news to Dominicans. We the level headed folks have long conceded that this country was handed over to the Devil a long time ago… lets say from about 2002.

  27. Titiwi
    January 22, 2015

    Let shades hide your eyes brother because they are the mirror of your soul. You may be innocent in the eyes of a law that does not apply to the leader you once fronted for and made you untouchable. But how innocent are you in the eyes of God and most of us Dominicans? That is a burden you must carry all your life. What a price to pay!

  28. Ohhh Dominica!
    January 21, 2015

    What else is new in Dominica DNO….any more news….for this one was not news to me. People on here crying like they expected something different…. Seriously Dominicans….?

    ….simply amazing….

  29. The Facts
    January 21, 2015

    “When God knows that you did not do anything, he gets you out,” Grant stated. “
    The Second Commandment6 of God is, “Thou Shalt Not Take The Name of The Lord, Thy God in Vain.”
    Be careful not to make that grave mistake which is a grievous/mortal sin when God probably had nothing to do with your case and your acquittal. If you are not a church-going person and a genuine, faithful one, please do not mention God’s Name. Too often people mention God’s Name at such times when during the course of their lives they could not care two hoots about God and even criticize Christians. So much more could be stated.
    God knows if he is guilty or not. He who knows, sees and hears all things is not deceived. Whoever is responsible, if anyone, God will judge them in his own good time. This is what all those who especially proclaim and worship God should do and conclude.
    Caste no fingers, stones and make no judgment for it appears that those who do have no idea who really did it. God…

  30. APachie Indian
    January 21, 2015

    thats ok things and times will tell we all have to sing the song

  31. Not a herd follower
    January 21, 2015

    Given the nature and importance of the case from a public interest perspective, why was a competent and independent investigator from outside (such as Scotland Yard) not invited to do a professional job? Why was the case handled by a junior lawyer in the DPP’s office instead of an experienced special prosecutor who have dealt with similar complex and significant cases?

  32. chicken gone ye
    January 21, 2015

    i love D.A but i want the world to know that we are slipping down a very dangerous who u know ,who knows u kinda vibes,do the crime but dont do the time (if u know the right people) lets not fool ourselves,democrecy is dead in dominica and like it or mash x

    • real possie
      January 22, 2015

      I was not going to comment on this but with your statement to the world I would hate if people out there don’t know what really happened. A man who sits in jail for one of many crimes he committed he then calls your name Chicken is who paid him to do the crime, would you be ok that any crazy person can say you paid them to commit a crime they should just arrest you and find you guilty and put you in jail? next part, the political atmosphere in Dominica is very troubling, you have an acting AG pull up your case for political reasons charge you when the investigating officer says he has problem with the person who accuse you, at one point he said he climb the gate to get into the property but the owner says the gate never closes, how can you climb something that’s already open? and I know there were more inconsistences. So if you want tell people about the system in the country tell them about your party people who tried using a lie and this case to get into power.

      • joe
        January 22, 2015

        Real Possie not AG but acting DPP, I agree with your comment 32M%!!!!!!!

  33. January 21, 2015

    something does not add up all we have to do is to recollect what transpired.a person may get away free from penalty of his /her misdeeds but there is some thing called poetic justice . the guilty one must not rejoice that he/ she has gotten away in man’s court of law but justice is always done

  34. No surprise
    January 21, 2015

    Tha!’s justice !!!!!!!!!

    The Boys an dem cannot, will not, be touched by any Court, magistrate or Law.

    Mention all the youth hauled before the courts for petty crimes and other offences. They are fined and/or jailed. Not so for some others, “in high places”, in power, with power, who very often commit worse crimes than those the poor youths get themselves involved in.

    All crimes are crimes and all crimes should be dealt with and the perpetrators punished accordingly.. Justice for all evades our society. are we serious? So all you do not think that the lawlessness and injustice so direct, in-your-face, won’t come back to haunt the country and its people? don’t you all learn any lessons of similar lawlessness and injustice , dictatorship trends in other parts of the world and the subsequent chaos, poverty?

    Corruption, money-laundering, embezzlement of millions breeds………….. Beware!!! Whose next

  35. The Evangelist
    January 21, 2015

    When I think of the evils the church has blessed and been part of; when I think of the criminals that have walked away SCOTCH FREE; When I think of batters that are given NOT OUT, when all replays and foreplays are showing they were out; When I think of the team players that are celebrating yet another “NOT OUT VERDICT,” I know our day is quickly approaching.

    • John Paul
      January 22, 2015

      Heh I agree with You but Chavez begged the Umpire and all He got was a raised finger !

    • PS
      January 22, 2015

      SCOT-FREE Evangelist, scot-free! Don’t deprive the man of his whisky (…or whiskey if you live in the U.S.A).

  36. The Evangelist
    January 21, 2015

    “When God knows that you did not do anything, he gets you out,” Grant stated. These days Dominicans use God’s name in just about anything, as though this Holy name means nothing. But then again when salt (the Church) has lost its savor what does one expect? The church got so corrupt that they cannot rebuke anything. The late Bob Marley wrote some songs that most of us never understood. Here are the words of one such song:

    Time alone, oh! time will tell
    Think you’re in heaven but you’re living in hell
    Think you’re in heaven but you’re living in hell
    Think you’re in heaven but you’re living in hell
    Time alone, oh! time will tell
    Think you’re in heaven but you’re living in hell

    Back them up, oh not the brothers
    But the ones, who set them up

    Oh children weep no more
    Oh my sycamore tree, saw the freedom tree
    Saw you settle the score
    Oh children weep no more
    Weep no more, children weep no more

  37. Shaka zulu
    January 21, 2015

    …….and the saga continues. Mr. Emmanuel will join the long list of those who will never get justice.
    2015 I will be getting my own protection. If the police and courts cannot protect us we will have to do it ourselves.
    Locked and loaded.

  38. anti - ignorance
    January 21, 2015

    had the election results gone the other way the verdict would have been different trust me. God is good and he is definitely not a police man, a classic case of justice delayed is justice denied.

    • real possie
      January 22, 2015

      Anti I gave you thumbs down no matter who had won the election it would’ve still been the same outcome, the AG should be barred from the court system cause any blind man can see there was no case but he used his position to create malice in the state, knowing that would be the outcome. The court system is not a party it is governed by laws because if they did wrong in that case he could’ve had it go to the privy council and it would’ve been thrown out, look at the sisters and brother that killed their brother look they out going to redo their case, once things don’t go people way the hate the justice system but we are governed by laws and it works all the time.

    • TOFFEE CITY
      January 22, 2015

      you are the epitome of ignorance

  39. Shameless
    January 21, 2015

    Nothing new to us. That was the plan all along because when Prevost indicted him the powers that be were very upset. They only waited for the election to pass and now that they were able to steal it the “grand bobol” machinery is put in place and action is beginning. However the god that me, Lennox, GON and Dominicans on a whole serve is NOT a Dominican DPP or an Antiguan police officer. Time will surely tell!

    Assertive, NOT Aggressive!

    • A Doubting Thomas
      January 22, 2015

      Mamo comes to mind; the first flashback was the case brought against Mamo. Do you remember that case? What was it based on again?

  40. Charlie
    January 21, 2015

    is them blue vex bugs in the police force was trying to please their blue vex masters and followers..they did not care an innocent man would be made a scapegoat..bro am proud of you for being a brave man knowing you were innocent and left the USA to return to dominica to be charged..you got your justice,not the one some of those idiots wanted,,dont leave them alone,sue the hell out of all of them..

    • TRUTH
      January 21, 2015

      Charlie, shame on you ,you dont understand your head from your bottom ,no wonder ,you are a labourite
      anything will fool you , i hope you do not have a family ,because i will be afraid for them ,they will be so ashame of you calling good evil ,and evil good
      On another note Dominicans ,when we see these things happening ,we should that we are on our way to destruction,s kerrit and his cabal dont worry what happens to dominica tomorrow,they know their belly ,their house and kitchen full,If investers do not come and invest ,we will never get out of this mess that we are in , and who invester will want to invest their money ,, couple millions in a country and a thief rubs him off his money ,and because this thief is connected ,or related to the cabal ,this thief will go free, bassed on technicallity or gangstar protection ,?e h ,w hich invester?
      Dominicans ,re think ,because ,we just ate our last supper,,It is now crufiction time.

  41. Mine
    January 21, 2015

    Ninety nine days for the theft one day for the watch man…See where O. J. Simpson end up. It’s jus a matter of time.

  42. January 21, 2015

    Justice, delayed is justice denied, Secko will be laughing his way to the banks, and unfortunately, we the tax payers will be paying for this micarriage of justice. presure, presure, but carrette told them that all along, but no we had to wait untill election is over now that. In my opinion i smell a lot of dead Rats.!!!!!

  43. Erasmus B. Black
    January 21, 2015

    The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland…

    The most important evidence in the trial was secret.. A poem for which the author is unknown and concludes, “for this must ever be a secret, kept from all the rest, between yourself and me.”

    Alice realized the courtroom, with the icons of a justice system – a judge, jury, witnesses – was really a sham that mocks a legitimate legal process.

    Lewis Carroll – Alice in Wonderland…….

  44. Doc. Love
    January 21, 2015

    Mr. Shillingford did not only misled the police, but the people on Dominica. Therefore , immediate charges should be brought against him for giving wrong information. There is something not correct about Shillingford’s latest testimony. Subject to correction, wasn’t it the same Shillingford who gave a comprehensive confession as regards what happened at the residence of Mr. Emanuel on December 24th. Wasn’t it the same Shillingford, who allegedly destroyed the home of Grant, because, he said, he was insufficiently paid for the fire job at Mr. Emanuel’s home and even implicated a lawyer. If what he is saying presently is the truth, the calysonian who was booed, when he sang the calypso concerning who set the fire, must be feeling a sense of vindication. The telephone call from Tony to Grant , maybe, might have had some merit. I wonder what Skeritt, Savarin Ian, have to say about the decision, because they had been accused of taking…

    • Papa Dom
      January 21, 2015

      What investigation was carried out into the involvement of Grant in the fire? The DPP and police refuse to obtain a court order to secure evidence from the most important source. They can only charge Denny after they have made investigation from that important source. Grant returned to Dominica after the authorities had botched the investigation and he was given the assurance that all was well.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      January 22, 2015

      The police got the truth from him, however, because he has a few misdemeanors, and perhaps a couple of felony’s the judicial system counts him a career criminal, therefore they disregard what he told them, anybody who implicate his/her self in a crime of attempted murder has to be telling the bloody truth. And if the authorities in Dominica wanted the truth, they would have brought in Scotland Yard, or the FBI to assist in collecting evidence, trace evidence, and all okay.

      The bottom line is simply this, if you are in the white color cabal, or connected to people in high places you can commit murder in broad day light and even the police, or some government minister, or lawyer will say, don’t prosecute he/she is innocent!

  45. Clayton Shillingford
    January 21, 2015

    I think somethin elike this was antcipated especially after the election..and add the incompetence and corruption of soem factions in the police force.. We must it seems to me to regretfully conclude that GON Emanuels place just up and burned itself

    • The Facts
      January 21, 2015

      Probably faulty wiring, a stove left on, a Christmas tree with decorations ignited etc. Are the occupants smokers or one of them?
      Did the fire department conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the fire? They may need some training and/or re-training in proper fire investigation.
      Those of you who point fingers at one whom you assume caused the fire must think. There are times that the cause cannot be determined.
      Consider, a lady in Toronto informed me that one evening she left her home to go out. It was also during the Christmas season. Her place caught fire. The result of the fire investigation was, the cause could not be determined. These people are experts. When fires occur, they are capable of concluding what was the cause of the fire.
      There are some D/cans, negative ones who love to point fingers and accuse others of wrongdoing when they cannot prove a thing. Need I state that if you are not certain, leave and let live. Do not condemn yourself.

  46. budman
    January 21, 2015

    how many of us think that Seko actually uttered the following quote: “If they had stepped back and assessed the evidence dispassionately and independently, I don’t think this charge would have been brought,”

    • dayandnightvision
      January 22, 2015

      budsman. these were the words of SC Gilbert Peterson. The mistake was DNO’s

  47. COMBOS
    January 21, 2015

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    government with no law
    country with no future

    • The Facts
      January 21, 2015

      What are you doing for your country, for its betterment?

  48. Francisco Telemaque
    January 21, 2015

    If they convicted him, the lawyer involved would have to be convicted also! Such does not happen in Dominica; hence, Emanuel will never see anyone punished for the crime perpetrated against him. Ours is a very sick country, I do not know how those who are supposed to dispense justice, and protect the innocent, turn themselves’s into the upholders of crimes committed against the innocent.

    The shall never be peace, tranquility, nor prosperity in Dominica, because our nation is cursed; there is evil in our country uphold, and supported by the government and the judicial system. Woe unto our country, there is no future in Dominica.

    • Mamselle
      January 21, 2015

      Francisco, it looks like you know a lot about the case; who was involved and who was not. Where do you get your facts may I ask, since you live out of the country? If you want to be judge and jury, take a plane, go to DA, visit the crime scene and collect your evidence.

    • The Facts
      January 21, 2015

      Those as you who do not live godly lives in words and deeds add to it. You are equally responsible and to be held accordingly.

    • Just Observing
      January 22, 2015

      “because our nation is cursed”. “Woe unto our country, there is no future in Dominica”. This certainly cannot be the same Francisco Esprit, Dominican patriot, conscientious, morally right Dominican in the diaspora who at every turn in this medium has sought to impose his thinking on national issues. You think Dominica is curse, eh? Then stay where you are and leave us to develop our country. Whathatred for the leadership of Dominica. This submission says everythingabout you. I shall never read your comments again.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        January 22, 2015

        I do not even wish to comment on that except to say, if you are such great observer, perhaps by now your observation, would have made you wonder why “Murphy law” seems to take precedence over every and all things in our country! Let me just say this, when someone speaks of “Murphy’s” law they are implying anything that can go wrong at every and all time: Anything that can go wrong; goes wrong in Dominica on daily basics!

        And by the way I am not Francisco Esprit: I am however, Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque a King born in the thick clay mud in the village of Wesley. I need to ask you; why do you believe all the islands around us are progressive, and prospers while Dominica has become a beggar nation where more than 70% of our people are unemployed? If our nation is not cursed, perhaps the curse lurks over the people who runs the country. Can you express the lack of development, and the backwardness of the country?

  49. Lola
    January 21, 2015

    Well only God knows who did it but seco tell us why you needed to run out off Dominica at the time in question? Why you felt you needed to sell out send an affidavit and you did not do it. You may have win now but the cries of these people are on you.

    • The Facts
      January 21, 2015

      This is a good question. God knows who was involved.

    • John Paul
      January 22, 2015

      I wonder who paid for that QC from Trinidad?

  50. Mahaut talk roro
    January 21, 2015

    Time will tell you misled. The police but not yourself..

  51. tiny
    January 21, 2015

    Can we get the evidence dump or what ever it is called to read through it ???

  52. brutus
    January 21, 2015

    don’t you see denny shillingford is paying for it, he will soon be calling other people names, let’s not rejoice,see his condition today people are afraid of the man.

  53. FAST N FURIOUS
    January 21, 2015

    Food for Matt and the Blues on Q95…Tune In..you gonna hear them!

  54. Just Observing
    January 21, 2015

    As we always said, a court of law is not “The Hot Seat” where people call and say whatever they want. A court of law where evidence can be tested and analyzed is not a political platform. There are those among us who appear to know everything about that case but cannot bring themselves to take the witness stand and say “I was there, I heard so and so and this is what I knew happened”. This is the same court that gave the Leader the right to speculate on an alleged wrong doing with the finances of the Layou River Hotel. Yes the same court. Today the court is “this” and the court is “that” simply because those who wished the court to act according to their whims and fancy did not get it right this time around. Cheap talk behind the confines of a radio microphone is not a court of law. When are we going to understand that. What is frightening too is that among those who criticize the court, there are officers of the court. And they say nothing in support of the system they work…

    • The Facts
      January 21, 2015

      If you think so which may not be true, would you bite the hand that feeds you?

    • Free and Fair
      January 21, 2015

      I suppose your Animal Program is a COURT of LAW?

      • Titiwi
        January 22, 2015

        O course it is, A kangeroo court!

      • Just Observing
        January 23, 2015

        You mean the “the Next Level” radio program. It is certainly not a court of law. I have never heard any of the hosts on the program go after the court and judicial system in the same way and intensity that those on the other radio go after the court whenever they lose a court battle. I have heard them expressed disappointments with certain rulings, looked at the issues/rulings and conclusions on legal technicalities. I have not heard of such any destructive criticisms of the court and its judgments on the “Next level”. In case you do not know. Two of the hosts on the “Next Level” radio show are among the best litigators in the land. Whether you like it or not, the truth remains the truth. The leader of the UWP has gone on a vicious campaign to take down every institution in Dominica that does not agree with his media based positions on the issues he has chosen to challenge. Is he right to attempt at destroying our institutions just for partisan politics or because Skerrit is PM?

  55. Bird's Eye
    January 21, 2015

    Was this not the plan of action all along?
    Lure him back to Dominica to face a symbolic charge, then dismiss the charge on a technicality or on grounds of lack of evidence, and wipe the slate clean. Matter closed. The problem goes away but the stain of the crime looms large.
    Is this the direction of justice in this commonwealth? Can we henceforth make a credible argument that this commonwealth is governed by the rule of law? Only in the fantasy land in which the current regime would like its citizens to inhabit.
    The court verdict aside,responsible citizens will agree that what happened on Christmas morning in 2010 to a retired magistrate and his wife was a moral as well as a political abomination that has left an ugly stain on the reputation of those who failed to deliver justice to Mr. GON Emmanuel. They can sugar coat it as much as they want, but the ugly reality that our justice system, at least in the context of what happened to Mr. Emmanuel, failed miserably.

    • piece of peace
      January 22, 2015

      Wait! Aren’t you all the ones who begged and pleased and lobbied on radio that the police should force him to come back because ‘Denny says”… called for US official intervention because “Denny says” … asked for extradiction because “Denny says” even when the police said that they do not have evidence apart from the confession of a known liar, conman and criminal because the judge and jury on the popular opposition radio talkshows suggested their was a conspiracy in the police ‘unwillingness’ or inability to get Mr Grant to face charges only on the premise of “Denny says”??

      Now why are you now surprised about what Denny has to say?

      You people must learn to sit back, relax and let the police do their job. The Radio station IS NOT the court of LAW, Mr P and AA are NOT lawyers or magistrates .The court of public opinion created on the radio did more harm to the police case than the lack of evidence. Now those of you who praised Denny for his ‘honesty’ must feel…

  56. Boy
    January 21, 2015

    Justice will be served. Karma. Will have its day. In the highest court.

    • The Facts
      January 21, 2015

      Those who believe in this Karma do not believe in God. Shall I say they are godless people?

  57. CC
    January 21, 2015

    What a lawless country we live in

  58. Black empress
    January 21, 2015

    Congrats bro.. Jah guidance!!

    • Rose
      January 21, 2015

      Careful, God as Grant called him and jah as you presented, is not a lawyer or a politician. He is the seer of all things. If Mr. Grant is innocent or guilty, he will be judged according, by God or jah. Here Is the question though….of all the persons in Dominica, how and why was Grant the one figured? Yet another… Why and how did Shillingford get away from not being the most brilliant writer of tales this hemisphere has ever seen? This is a man well beyond his books and capabilities being limited to this small island! Shame! He needs a worldwide tour and all the props that come with it. I would have volunteer to take up the post of getting things off the ground but my head is still spinning from such brilliance. Any takers?

      • The Facts
        January 21, 2015

        He should write a book and make a movie. Encourage him to do so. He could make some good money. :lol: :lol: :lol:

  59. my man
    January 21, 2015

    Congrats…. it was time…u are a free man now……

  60. Lang Mama
    January 21, 2015

    What d we expect in Dominica

    • Justasking Babs
      January 21, 2015

      Barbara Suanders any thing to contribute?

  61. dominica
    January 21, 2015

    Like if we expected anything different, we seem to forget that Seko’s brother in law is a minister in the Government, now we see the connection. Mr Emmanuel never forget justice not gotten on earth will be given in heaven, the good Lord knows everything that happens he is one person we cannot hide from no matter who we are and who we know.

    • The Facts
      January 21, 2015

      If as some of you feel that the fire was set and other people were used to do so, those who are responsible do get their Waterloo right on earth and as they age, if they live long enough. This is why it is always better to do good. Far better.
      There is a God taking note of all what we say and do. No one escapes. Therefore be careful not to judge and misjudge others. Ensure what you state is the truth. Otherwise, leave well alone. Let go. God is the judge.

  62. January 21, 2015

    WhatTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!! Carrette for DPP.

  63. Mwen Enkor
    January 21, 2015

    Another conspiracy. This testimony was quickly believed.
    God above is watching.
    I hope those who are guilty have a conscience.
    Think you have gotten away? DEFINITELY NOT!

  64. Ma Moses
    January 21, 2015

    Oh my God. the Almighty will have His own vengeance on perverters of justice. Evil deeds do not remain unpunished.

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