The matter involving police Inspector Lincoln Corbette, who was arrested and charged with wounding Nicholas Roberts at a Roseau primary school compound in July 2011, is back in the news again.
Corbette was granted bail in the sum of $30,000 in August 2012 and has been suspended. His lawyers have made several attempts to have the matter dismissed, but to no avail.
In fact, Roberts had taken the stand and stated under oath, that Corbette was not responsible for his injuries but that he (Roberts) had “accidentally shot himself” and that he was not willing to offer any further evidence in that matter.
But the office of the DPP has consistently refused to accept Roberts’ comments and said it had enough evidence to proceed.
On August 13, 2013 the matter again came up before a Roseau Magistrate and and Lennox Lawrence, Corbette’s lawyer, asked that the court be cleared while they made submissions.
Lawrence asked the court to “dismiss” the case but police prosecutor Inspector Claude Weekes, stated that the office of the DPP had full and total conduct of that matter and he was not able to deal with it.
“That matter is with the DPP and they are the ones to take a position as to what happens with it,” Weekes told the court.
He further stated that since Dominica at present was without a DPP, at least until October, he was asking for an adjournment.
The magistrate interjected and stated that she was not sure what effect that Lawrence’s ‘dismissal’ submission would have since the DPP was not present and was not able to respond.
The matter was adjourned to August 16 in order to give the office of the DPP time to respond to Lawrence’s submissions.