‘Konkom’ arrested for alleged theft, burglary

court2Claudius “Konkom” Letang has been arrested and charged for theft and burglary of a Certificate of Title in July 2012.

He appeared before a Roseau magistrate on Monday, May 13 and was granted bail in the sum of $15,000.

He is expected to reappear in court on September 16, 2013.

Letang was in court on friday to stand surety for Earlstan Paul of Morne Prosper, who was arrested and charged for fraud.

Paul was offered bail in the sum of $20,000 and part of the security offered by Letang, as his surety, was the certificate of title.

The prosecution objected to this claiming that the title was the subject of “police investigations.”

Letang’s attorney, Joshua Francis, responded claiming that the prosecution was “out of place” since Letang, he contended, “has a right to his title until a court says otherwise.”

Letang was then allowed to stand surety for Paul but was arrested by police after he left the court house in connection with the disputed certificate of title.

Letang gained notoriety when political leader of the United Workers Party, Edison James, sued him for libel after it was reported that Letang, on a show then hosted by Leonard “Pappy” Baptiste on Kairi FM on July 22, 2008, made statements which James said were defamatory to him and which were motivated by “malice.”

Letang reportedly accused James of building a $4-million hotel in Barbados and went on to inquire as to where James had gotten the money.

The matter eventually ended before the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of Appeal which sent it back to the High Court.

The High Court ordered Letang to pay James $45,000 in damages in December 2011 but he was defiant saying he would rather take jail time “than to give Edison James a penny from my hard working earnings”.

He eventually backtracked on his statement.

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32 Comments

  1. Justice and Truth
    May 15, 2013

    Me, Myself and I :twisted: :mrgreen: I do not tell lies. I do not make up stories. I also do not speculate. I tell it like it is, as I heard it. I can swear on the Bible that I never tell a lie as long as it does not concern my personal matters which no one, no nosy person has a right to know. So help me God! :lol: :) In so doing I also do not look for trouble and do not find myself in trouble.
    Well, that is what I heard in the same manner when some of you read articles on this Website and draw your own conclusion. Many times you make derogatory statements and unfounded ones. I also put on my thinking cap. Are you aware that I could make a good investigator? :) Of course, you do not. But I was told I could make a good one. Therefore, watch out when especially I put pen to paper and my fingers to the keyboard. :)
    If someone made a statement on the Radio, TV or Internet and asked where did the person get the money from to build a hotel, they are not wrong. People ask such question. Ever had a family or friend inquisitively ask, “Where did you get the money from” to buy this and that even though they do not know your personal affairs and your income which is none of their business? The sarcastic response, if one is not guilty of stealing is to say, “I stole it” and laugh out loud. Or merely say, “Wouldn’t you like to know?” :lol: :)
    To begin with he should not have been sued. He asked a question. If he out-rightly stated that James stole the money from Dominicans of all, this is another story. He will have to prove it.
    I do think that any Dominican who is not rich and who did not legally inherit money would not be able to build a hotel or try to build one in B/dos of all at a cost of $40M. Therefore, this amount of money was definitely questionable. That amount of money came from somewhere, legally or not. The borrower will have to prove to the lender that he/she has the means of meeting the monthly repayment obligation with no difficulty especially during the time the business is not yet reaping gains and thereafter. Furthermore, in order to build such a facility at an exorbitant cost, one has to be earning some thousands of dollars annually, if not a million dollars annually. The bank and/or other financial institution would not lend such an amount of money to one whose income is a mere few hundred dollars monthly. This is how the financial institutions operate that they might not lose their money as, an example, through bankruptcy.
    As long as people do not incriminate others without proof, if they are suspicious, it is their right to make a statement be it speculative. This happens all the time in the country I reside in. I wonder if some people who are supposed to know the Law really know the Law. How proficient are they? They also make errors. Some of those professionals are in dire need of re-training. As times change, after some years they also need to return to Law school/university/college to upgrade their education and to stay abreast with the changing times.
    Some Laws are outdated and must also be revamped. Some of you expect The Catholic Church which is not a democracy, a government institution to change, how about certain government Laws should be changed for the present times. People are more aggressive and outspoken than ever compared to previous times. What some people got away with yesteryear, today, they are scrutinized and will not get away with it. This is another reason why the Law (some) should be changed to suit the times we are residing in.

  2. Anonymous
    May 14, 2013

    this doesnt make any sense .wat does de certificate of title have to do with edison james?

  3. Doc. Love
    May 14, 2013

    Their is a saying,”leave them alone and they will come home.” I almost pass off this morning, when I heard Konkom was tying to get on Matt in the morning show to give his side of the story.Konkom is a powerful supporter of Skerrit and because of politics dislikes Edison. Q95 is not one of his favorites. In fact, many of us listeners will remember when Tony made a statement,” If Edison continues to open his mouth,he is going to put Konkom in his posterior, to use a more descent term.”Today,he is begging for the patriots and Q95 understanding.Go ahead Matt, allow him to state his case,I hope he will understand that as far as the patriots and Q95 are concerned, truth to power are all we are interested in, not his likes or dislikes.

  4. nataile
    May 14, 2013

    aaa :twisted:

  5. looking 2
    May 14, 2013

    Some people get arrested but case never call it happens all the time so cucumber will be just fine
    the system is bungled the country exist without law and order any shit goes down in my land more so depending on who you support

  6. UNO
    May 14, 2013

    Report properly. The links in that story are unrelated. The writer reporting more on a past story. Tell us why the certificate of title is the subject of police investigations.

    • View Point
      May 14, 2013

      I might add. “in this matter” What is the connection.

  7. MET YO
    May 14, 2013

    My favorite part of this article is:

    “””Letang reportedly accused James of building a $4-million hotel in Barbados and went on to inquire as to where James had gotten the money.

    The High Court ordered Letang to pay James $45,000 in damages in December 2011 but he was defiant saying he would rather take jail time “than to give Edison James a penny from my hard working earnings”.

    He eventually backtracked on his statement. “””

    The man hear them fellas talking their mahjee on their radio program and on political platform and he go and repeat it, directly accusing the man of owning hotel. None of them came to his defense with any evidence against Mr. James. I mean geez, we all know they have no evidence cause this is and has always been a false accusation. Big 45000 in damages. Ian had to pay another 40 grand for another allegation against Mr. James. One by one those fellas pay for their lying tongues.

    Up to now, HOW MUCH Lennox had to pay to skerrit for exposing the truth? Zero Dollars and Zero Cents. But when those WICKED Dominicans finish, they will bash Lennox and Edison and continue to swim in their ignorance while their drown in poverty….zyapap…gabarize…and the whole works.

    • Justice and Truth
      May 15, 2013

      You are condemning yourself. “They have to pay for their lying tongue.” It is too bad the PM does not make many of you pay for your lying tongue. I have heard a lot of hatred, statements and questions spewed against the PM. He did state last year that he will take steps against those “tongues” who call him all sorts of names, etc.
      Yes! Where did James get the $40M to build a hotel in Barbados? Before you all question the PM about his properties, James should first answer to that. Why did the government not investigate him and the origin of that amount of money? You all (also) blame the PM for poverty in Dominica? Is this not proof that someone was using the money for his own means and ends?
      It is strange that last week I had a conversation with someone who resides in Canada who brought it up saying that James built a hotel in Barbados. You should pursue this one. It appears everyone knew about it except me. It was interesting to hear this and that I did not previously read of it on DNO unless I bypassed it.
      Well, James, if I visit B/dos again I surely will not stay in your hotel for obvious reasons. Anyway I have friends there; no need to stay in a hotel unless it is overnight and it is the airline’s, if its airplane is late.

      • Me Myself & I
        May 15, 2013

        Justice and Truth I will tell Edison to ask you to give the address of the hotel. For a so called bido catholic you can lie!

    • Anonymous
      May 15, 2013

      you forget all the funds lennox had to raise man? You live in DA or what

  8. View Point
    May 14, 2013

    It is obvious that the story need further details. There is need for further clarification on the circumstances regarding the certificate of title. Was the police’s imnvestigation into a stolen certificate of title asisted with “Kokom” showing up with the said title? Was “Kokom” under police surveillance all along and was he aware of the same? Did he actually bail the person using the said title? Since he has been arrested for allegedly stealing the certifcate of title, does the said bail arangements re the same title stand?

    I suppose this matter is important tous because of who Kokom is. A simple wayside mechanic who is unashamed like many of us to publicly associate with PM Skerrit. Kokom also is known top call the talk shows and level accusations of wrong doing at the political opposition. As the story said he landed himself in hot water after he accused former PM James of owning property in a neigbouring island. Kokom’s storyis interesting. However, the local media has been deafeningly silent over a long overdue court settlement mater involving land in the Warner area. Another certificate of title and a media manic rasta are also implicated in a wrong doing. But Kokom and the rasta syand on the opposite sideof the fence re partisan politics in Dominican. Kokom receive wide media attention(and rightly so), whilst the rasta is safeguarded by his investigative colleagues.

  9. Mamizoo
    May 14, 2013

    How does a man steal a certificate of title ? Did Korkorm show up with a forged original certificate of title with his name on iit? If so then the police should be arresting Korkorm and coconspirator.
    Korkorm is not the sharpest tool in the shed but Korkorm cannot be so daft to present stolen documents to the courts as security.

  10. I am Dominica.
    May 14, 2013

    @ Admin; it is a fact Konkom did say these things on live public radio. he is a well known public figure in my opinion. And he is known for making statements such as these in public. My comment was meant to be humourous as is reflected by Konkoms character and personality.

  11. BRAIN DAMAGE
    May 14, 2013

    Now we are going to have cucumber salad for breakfast.

  12. shame,shame,shame,
    May 13, 2013

    that post have too much twist

  13. truth offends
    May 13, 2013

    Koncom boy! I know things have gotton real tough with you and make it worse, Chavez is dead and therefore no funds for the red clinic, and the PM just got married… Boy, be careful because caz moosh falling

  14. Bounty
    May 13, 2013

    I love Dominica :lol: :-D :mrgreen:

  15. Shameless
    May 13, 2013

    That doh good! Just like many others before, there will be no prosecution of the said Mr.Cucumber. Period! Too much at stake for the ruling party. Hope the said Cucumber have a damn good explanation.. :mrgreen:

    Sadly, we all know that the cops who did their jobs will pay for that! Transfer, no promotion, pressure to resign…;let us hold our breath.

    Assertive, NOT Agressive!

    • Anonymous
      May 14, 2013

      Are you insane or because one has a tounge and mouth and can type a message must be posted?

      God help us.

    • Gary
      May 14, 2013

      Sometimes Political Partisan can make fools out of people. You do not know the facts and circumstance of the alleged theft. Why are you making such nonsensical statements.

      The question I would like to ask.Why is the Police Prosecution playing judge and jury and why the Magistrate not instruct the Prosecution as to the meaning what an investigation is and the role of The Police.The Police role is to collect evidence of an alleged crime without judgement to see if a crime is committed and to turn that evidence over to the Prosecutor who determines if the evidence collected shows a crime is committed, an investigation into an alleged crime on going or not completed is not evidence that someone committed a crime and so the Lawyer representing Mr. Latang is correct saying quote The prosecution “is out of place” and that his client Mr.Latang “has a right to his title until a court says otherwise.” which means The Police should complete their investigation present their evidence to the court showing that Mr.Latang title was fraudulently obtained until them the title is valid.What bewilders me also is if the investigation is on going why arrest Mr. Latang prematurely after leaving the court House.

      I’m not here to defend Mr. Latang, neither I’m a Legal expert.I’m just trying to make sense of the matter as to what I read. Mr Latang will be given his time in court,The Police will present their evidence and based on that Mr Latang Guilt or innocence will be determined, on till then why all this mud dragging and silly comments.Why make Political Partisan blind you that you cannot see and comprehend things as they are why carry a partisan blind fold, is this how you access things, wow, how sad.

    • DOMINICAN
      May 14, 2013

      you mean that is what the police force has come to?look debaz

  16. Good-to-go
    May 13, 2013

    So why KoKom cah have a Certificate of Title?

    The PM bound to transfer or fire those Policemen that arreted KOKOM!!

    • ////////////
      May 13, 2013

      It’s not that he can’t have one. It was the subject of police investigation.

  17. May 13, 2013

    skerrit will for the fines man. he is their boy

  18. May 13, 2013

    look boudel. Is dart :lol: . money allu want money u go get :lol: :mrgreen: :-P

  19. Bee
    May 13, 2013

    Kokom see his people getting away with everything so he decided to try it too. Kokom you sould know that is only a select few that getting away with those things.

  20. T
    May 13, 2013

    I am not surprise. He is redder than red!

  21. judge Judy
    May 13, 2013

    Well, that could not have happened to a more righteous person.

  22. Brains
    May 13, 2013

    ebeh konkom au fini bat

  23. kukumber
    May 13, 2013

    What title that. I hope is not for his home eh

  24. SMH
    May 13, 2013

    Spooner!!! :lol:

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