Almost six months after Casey Schulman, a student of the University of Virginia, was killed in a boating incident off the coast of Mero her family is asking for ‘justice’ and is calling for local law enforcement and the Office of the Director Public Prosecution (DPP) to intervene.
Schulman was visiting Dominica with friends and was in the sea when she was struck by the propeller of a boat captained by Andrew Armour on December 1, 2012. She sustained major injuries to all parts of her body, including her head, and was pronounced dead at the Princess Margaret Hospital.
After the incident, the family wrote several letters to authorities in Dominica requesting updates and information on the prosecution of Armour, who they claim was “negligent” and did not have a license at the time of the incident to operate the vessel.
The Schulman family has also retained the services of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, P.L.L.C in Washington DC, Robert L. Parks in Miami and Norde and Lambert Chambers in Dominica.
In a letter dated April 12, 2013 addressed to DPP, Gene Pestaina and Police Chief, Daniel Carbon, the Washington law firm questioned the Dominican authorities on the non-arrest of Armour almost six months after the incident.
“Last December I wrote to you on behalf of the family of Casey Schulman who was killed December 1, 2012 when the captain of the Passion Andrew Armour, ran over Ms Schulman,” the letter stated. “While as a former federal prosecutor, I appreciate that investigations and the exercise of prosecutorial discretion take time, I have become concerned about the amount of time that has passed since Schulman’s traffic death. As you know, from the numerous reports of Schulman’s death in Dominica that are listed in the attached letter, the world closely followed this matter and continues to do so.”
The letter also asked when will Armour be brought to ‘justice.’ “The question Ms. Schulman’s family and friend repeatedly ask is when Mr. Armour will be brought to justice in Dominica. I would appreciate the courtesy of a reply to this letter, although I appreciate that you are constrained by the law with regard to the quantum of information you can provide,” the letter concluded.
The office of the DPP was not prepared to give any information and when contacted Andrew Armour refused to comment directly on the matter.
He only said that he has a local firm acting on his behalf and a St. Kitts-based law firm handling the matter and was not prepared to say anything more.