Court orders man with mental illness to compensate stabbing victim

courtA young man, who is said to have a history of mental illness, has been ordered by the court to pay compensation of $9,400 to Jimmy Joseph, who he stabbed in June 2014.

Kenneth Francis of Fond St. Jean stabbed Joseph 17 times with an ice pick on various part of his body during the incident. He spent two days at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

A doctor’s report submitted to the court said ‘moderate force’ was used in inflicting the wounds, or otherwise they would be worse.

A probation report, ordered by the court, noted that Joseph has been affected by the wounds and that the actions of Francis ought “not to be trivialised.”

The report also stated that despite his mental situation, Francis is “not a violent person.”

Joseph also requested compensation from the court.

He was granted $1,400 for loss of earnings; $7,500 for pain and suffering and $500 for damage done, amounting to EC$9,400.

Gina Dyer Munro represented Francis in the matter who had also pleaded guilty to the charge of grievous bodily harm.

If Francis is unable to pay the fine he will, in default, spend six months in jail.

The court ordered that he continues taking his medication and continues his evaluation at the Acute Psychiatric Unit.

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  1. December 23, 2015

    Mental illness that causes somebody to commit a crime is obviously satanic in origin.

    The Bible tells us “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power; who went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38)

    Medical science treats these diseases by counselling, psychotic drugs, and shock therapy. There is a place for such treatments. But in some cases the cause is deeper. The “patient” has become oppressed by the devil meaning he (she) has come under demonic influence which produces compulsive behavior and can lead to demon possession.

    Demon possession can happen when people leave themselves open by the use of alcohol, recreational drugs, pornography, and unnatural sex practices.

    The way to true and lasting healing is to surrender one’s life to Christ. Trust His blood and death alone to put your sins away, by receiving Him as your Personal Savior.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill…

  2. Femme fond st Jean
    December 18, 2015

    Going to church every Sunday will not save some people life so I will leave my pray on d boy family plenty money for u all have fun and it will finish all must get alu only one of dem good days mark my word a lady who used to come at mr Francis home and d lady is mr Francis father adopted sister dey raise up together for her to do her own brother family dat so u can see is ur family dat bringing u down Francis have his sister who love him so will pay it nice shopping for d lady have a merry Christmas and a happy new year to d lady and her son

  3. Femme fond st Jean
    December 18, 2015

    He had a high lawyer because he have family who love him and wants to make sure dat he don’t endopt on d road like d others and d family never insult d boy family dey give d money d lady wanted more so she get more now so she will fix her house cuz whoever used to stay at her her mess up her things so she can fix it now and now stop talk about d family family and his family will never let him take the jail and even if he take d jail is d boy loss so dis country have no law no consitution so stop up der are people who do worst Dan mr Francis so no body is perfect in life but d boy family must say one day and ask for forgiveness because dey do plenty for her too

  4. Femme fond st jean
    December 18, 2015

    All u too ungrateful Kenneth family did offered d money so y u all have so much too say God is not a sleeping God Kenneth family used to help d boy mom pay bills and give things so all dis accuquzations about Lieing too get more money will not worth u all so money finish fast but God is not a sleeping God today is Kenneth own tomorrow is allu own so just say Kenneth is mental I’ll and dis is wat u all do find st Jean people sit back and relax my brother will be out jail allu want to see him go he will not go so pray is wat we have

  5. December 17, 2015

    People are thinking ”Of course he is mental. No normal person would do that.” So we are seeing more and more crimes of violence being blamed on mental illness of one kind and another. It seems to be a last resort when the defence has a weak case.

    There are often disagreements among psychiatrists. I have known cases where a doctor has said the accused is mentally ill, and another doctor has said he found no evidence of mental illness; a doctor has said the accused is at risk of reoffending, and another doctor has said he is not likely to reoffend. I have known two psychiatrists to offer a quite different diagnosis of the same individual.

    How far can we go when it comes to blaming a serious crime on a mental defect :?: I am not saying mental illness is never the cause of a crime. But it may be the time has come to take a closer look at some of these cases.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill, Evangelist. (Pastoral Counselor Certificate)

  6. Out of the wilderness
    December 17, 2015

    Psalm 23
    the lord is my shepherd i shall not want,
    he maketh me to lie down in green pastures,
    He leadeth me by the still waters,
    He restoreth my soul,
    He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness,
    For his name sake.
    Yea; though I walk through the valley of shadow of death
    I will fear no evil,
    For thou art with me,
    Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me,
    Thou preparest a table for me in the presence of my enemies,
    Thou annointest my head with oil,
    My cup runneth over,
    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
    And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord,

    • December 23, 2015

      Out of the wilderness

      Thank you for taking the time to type in this beautiful and powerful Psalm :!:

      Every positive statement in Psalm 23 is true of those who can honestly say “The LORD is MY shepherd, …”

      My friend as you read these lines today let me ask you a question. “Is He YOUR shepherd?”

      The Lord Jesus said “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11) This means on the cross Jesus took upon Himself the guilt of your sins. By His death He paid the penalty for your sins so you can be forgiven! God the Father raised Him from the dead to show that He accepted His Son’s death as payment in full for your sins! The Bible says “Christ died for our sins… and … that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day… (1 Corinthians 15:3,4)

      Is He your shepherd? Have you received Him :?:

      Read John 1:12, and 1 John 5:11,12.

      Make Him yours today!

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

  7. out of south city
    December 17, 2015

    It seems like there is no law in Dominica. How can a mentally ill person be charged for inflicting wounds on another individual when he needs psychological evaluation? Why didn’t Dyer arrange for this brother to get help? DNO reported that he is mentally ill so we know that he needs help. The court system in Dominica has been making money on the backs of the less fortunate and no one is addressing that situation. A mentally ill person does not need to be sent to prison but rather he needs to be assisted so that he can function in society. In this society, the mentally ill are despised and labelled, therefore many think that they are not needed in society.
    It seems like the way that things are heading in Dominica, there will be more people who will fall into this category. After hurricane Erika, things have gotten worse. So many negative things are occurring and the government is living large. Unless these issues are addressed and taken care of, the worse is yet to come.

  8. Rejoice not
    December 17, 2015

    Oh remember the mentally boy family gave someone money for the lady to buy her door and extra money for herself she didn’t accept it. All u forget that she said she wanted more money to complete works on her house well she get it and it will finish and she must come back to ask that mentally boy family to help her out again. And they will help her. Mark my words. The boy family did give her money and extra and she refused to take it. Now all u talking about good for the family. All u time will come trust me. Rejoice over it. Mark my words ehh.

  9. Face The Facts
    December 16, 2015

    His family probably has money. They will pay for him. If he does not pay, he should be sent to prison for as much as one year. Six months is not enough.
    If he is insane, he should also be medically treated for insanity. Due to his family’s attitude, they should pay the fine.
    Everyone should know a person who beats up on another and also inflict injury is a dangerous person and one also to be feared. He could have maimed and/or killed the woman.
    People must not uphold others when they commit crimes. Such people should pay for condoning crime. Someone was harmed by this man. Let everyone place themselves in the victim’s position. If it were you or a member of your family, how would you feel and what would you say?

  10. Karma
    December 16, 2015

    all the lady requested was hat his family replace her door and she’d let it rest but instead his family insulted the poor lady and told her she will never get a penny much less the replacement of her door! Karma is a b***

    • Face The Facts
      December 16, 2015

      The lady was nice enough, forgiving and understanding but his family did not appreciate it. Imagine being a victim and the family insults you. This is adding insult to injury.
      His family is not nice people. They encouraged him. They should be sued. They better be careful for he may kill someone.

  11. Amen
    December 16, 2015

    it was time! Justice for the poor lady n her son and his ungrateful family will learn a lesson…they were the ones encouraging him instead of telling him his actions were wrong.

    • December 17, 2015

      If someone is mentally ill how can he be held responsible for his actions?This person could be part of your family ,would you be happy if he was held responsible for his actions.Where in dominica are mentally challenge people employed in order to get money to pay the gov’t?Wake up and smell the coffee while it is early.

  12. December 16, 2015

    The dominica justice system is more mentally ill than that man,if this man is really mentally ill ,why is he not sentenced to any further treatment in a mental institution,the gov’t is responsible to protect the citizen ,this man is a danger to the public,it is fortunate that he didn’t kill his victim…in other words whether a dominican is mentally challenged or not that is not the gov’t’s business and the citizens can face the danger they don’t care…but at the same time when or after the mentally ill person inflicts bodily harm on someone else they charge the mentally ill person and if no money is paid they will imprison them,no matter what a prisoner is in prison for he needs to be protected or be safe from any harm especially from a mentally ill person,the prison is not the place for a mentally ill person his place in the mental facility..i would advise people who have family in the prison to make sure that the gov’t is sued if any mentally ill person harms their family.

  13. Zuma
    December 15, 2015

    Mentally ill persons have no right to be in society. They are a harm to themselves and others. This is a concern for the health ministry. Find a place to keep these people who have very acute mental issues and get them occupied, arts and craft could be a start..

    • out of south city
      December 16, 2015

      I totally disagree with you. You sound like you are heartless. Nobody asks to be born and whether people are diagnosed with health issues, they are human beings. Mental illness is an illness just like every other, except that it is of more concern because it has to do with someone’s mind, which may be caused by a chemical imbalance. This type of illness does not mean that we have to despise or look down upon those who are plagued by it. A lot of times, the people suffering from this illness need psychological evaluation along with their medication. There are some times that this illness could be brought by some difficult situations that the person/s are faced with and do not know how to go about dealing with the situation.
      We ought not to regard the mentally ill as the scums of the earth but to have mercy on them because they did not ask to be sick and we should think of our selves and also our loved ones. No one knows how his/her life can be in the future.


      • Face The Facts
        December 16, 2015

        This is not looking down on him. Since he is mentally ill and out in society, he should be feared for without warning he could harm people. He should be medically treated and not allowed out in public until he is in better health of mind.
        If he is out in public, someone in authority, in charge of him should ensure that he takes his medication. Otherwise, he could be a menace to society.
        The same applies when illegal drugs are ingested. They could also create an imbalanced mind and eventually a crazy/mad one. They could also be dangerous to the public.
        In his state of mind, he should not be out in society without supervision and medical treatment.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      December 16, 2015

      \”Mentally ill persons have no right to be in society.\”

      It takes only a Dominican to come to such conclusion; if a mentally ill person has no right to be in society; what do you have in mind to do with them as living humans?

      Lock them away? Only in Dominica!

      Unless the person is 5150; and you will not know the meaning of that unless you are into psychiatry, general medicine, be informed the person has ever right to be in circulation in society!

      Simply because one has a chemical imbalance in their brain does not mean they have to be treated as an animal, because mentally ill persons can live normal and productive life!

      if you can read, drive, or you are academically educated, you can function in any capacity you wish! Here is a the doctor report states the assailant used moderate force to inflect the wounds. In medicine when a doctor use the term moderate in this case he has indicated to the court that the culprit used care while inflecting the to lessen the…

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        December 16, 2015

        In medicine when a doctor use the term moderate in this case he has indicated to the court that the culprit used care while inflecting the to lessen the intensity, or extremeness of his actions.

        In other words, he was careful not to kill his victim, so there you have he knew what he was doing. And believe it or not if you do not want mentally people in society, you would have to remove plenty of doctors, lawyers, magistrates, people in the civil service, and even priest, bishops, and reverend from the pulpit, you can become mentality ill this day it does not take much.

  14. tweety
    December 15, 2015

    I think that’s a good judgment, due to the fact that these ppl that are diagnosed to be mentally ill, are released into the community with treatment with the intension that they will be able to function normally and be part of the community. However I am lead to believe that a few of these individuals behave violently willingly because they know that their actions will be pinned on there mental disorder and they will get way with it and do it all over again another time. In my opinion if a known mentally ill individual attacks a person with no evidence of provocation I believe that a specially designed sentence should be in place for them, I believe that will cut down on attacks to individuals by mentally ill persons because some of them are intentional. That’s much better than someone taking revenge on them because they hurt a love one. Who knows someone can even plan to kill a mentally ill person because of their bad behavior in the community.

  15. papa bat
    December 15, 2015

    Mental illness eh… they do right charge him here in the states those with mental illness get away
    With EVERYTHING. they kill and do all sots of crime and say
    They not mentally stable!! Good for Dominica… punish their @$$

  16. mine
    December 15, 2015

    how on earth can you charge a mentally disturb man in court. THe man is sick and needs help.

  17. NAYA
    December 15, 2015

    What kind of crazy sentence is that? How can you put an amount on pain and suffering? Where is Mr. Francis going to get that kind of money? Does he have a job? Does he have any savings? If you are going to sentence him, why didn’t you just sentence him to six months jail and restitution. Give him time to pay the restitution. In other words you’re saying if he doesn’t pay then you send him to jail. Who’s going to give him a job to pay that restitution?


    • ok
      December 15, 2015

      He hired a high power lawyer. Do you think it is for free

    • BEB
      December 16, 2015

      You even have the guts to address the guy as Mr. Francis? Tell him do not pay a dime, he should go and take the 6 mths.

  18. Dominican
    December 15, 2015

    Six months is not enough or it should be fine and confine.
    he should to to jail till he can pay

  19. cameron
    December 15, 2015

    You people are sick,the young man is sick,instead the state take charge of him you all fine him,are you people for real,social media needs to see the foolish system in this doomed country.

  20. Justic
    December 15, 2015

    That judge self have more mental issue that the man he is sick why not try to help the man

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