UPDATE: Picard man dies in police custody

Police news 1A man has died while in the custody of the Portsmouth police, it has been confirmed.

He is identified as Joshua Etienne of Picard, and not from Glanvillia as mentioned by sources to DNO earlier.

The sources said what appeared to be the lifeless body of the man was seen being transported out of the police station earlier on Tuesday.

Police PRO, Inspector John Carbon, said Etienne was found “seemingly lifeless” in his cell at around 5:00 am.

“A district Medical Officer was summoned, and upon examination pronounced Joshua dead,” he stated.

Carbon noted that Etienne was arrested on August 4, at around 9:30 pm on Glanvillia for possession of ammunition.

He stated that a coroner’s inquest has been convened and a post mortem will follow.

“Investigations are continuing,” he stated.

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  1. jizz
    August 6, 2014

    So tell me once a man joins the police is this a license to brutalise people the guy went in all well and healthy people heard him screaming DAT night next day he dead wat is this don’t these policemen have family would they be happy if someone does DAT to one of their family don’t they know that one day they will be out of the force somebody will do the same thing to them some day

  2. da2debone
    August 6, 2014

    once is Dr King doing the autopsy he will say exactly how Mr Ettiene die. After presenting his findings to the jurors they will know if it was murder or if he died from natural cause. Science dont lie. may he rest in peace

  3. 2q+2q
    August 6, 2014

    when you are a well know theft in your neighborhood any thing somebody miss they going to say is you just like the da police force well know for beating people even in public i can testify to that so when something like that happen what you want the public say in that case lets hope that’s not the case d/a police you guys need to stop that cuz you never know where you guys might end up FED UP STOP IT NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

  4. Anonymous
    August 6, 2014

    The correct methodology which should have commenced after the body of Joshua Etienne was discovered in the cell was the execution of a contingency plan which every district under the supervision of an ASP of Police would be a cadre of Police Officers within the district to physically locate and inform the family of the deceased. Secondly to ensure that the Officer who arrested the deceased has completed and submitted his case file to his Senior Officer and ensure that all procedures were followed to ensure due process is followed, pending the results of the autopsy. Sadly the Commissioner did not have the foresight to ensure such plans were in place.

  5. wow
    August 6, 2014

    lmao at the comments blaming skerrit fault,weh lol,while we blaming people blame everybody too,i find some dominicans ridiculous

  6. countdown
    August 6, 2014

    time will tell for all u…………………………..

  7. Police Officer
    August 6, 2014

    I hope the investigators who are quick to drag the young Officers to court for things which could be easily handled out of court and within the ranks of the Force – will be just as enthusiastic in investigating this matter and taking the perpetrators to Court.

    Let justice prevail in our Police System

  8. Dominican
    August 6, 2014

    Have they mentioned how he died no, so why are we speculating. He could have died of natural causes or he could have suffered at the hands of the police if so then they should be brought to justice. But please wait before you speculate papa Bon Dieu

  9. citizen
    August 6, 2014

    lies lies and more lies…..God knew wat happened…..the truth has a way of revealing itself. Every dog has dere day…. wen dey see things happening to them and dere family is the wrath of God dat dos fall on dem

  10. 767
    August 6, 2014

    Condolense to the family of mr Etienne, Dominca need Human Rights too much is happening an Nothing much is been done

  11. S.O.S
    August 6, 2014

    If he died in police custody, they have to answer for that. I hope the post mortem reveal the real cause of his death. And I wish the family would get a good lawyer, and sue them big time. Too much injustice.
    Hope he didn’t die from the severe beating he received at their hands, because the story out there is that from the time they met up with him, they beating the man real real bad. .

  12. August 5, 2014

    DNO when I post a comment you guys don’t post it but I can read all kind of comments here that need not to be posted the man died in Portsmouth what does the PM have to do with you guys are so bias you don’t have to post this one too

  13. Dollar
    August 5, 2014

    Any one can die in our company. We drive and can knock down someone on the street. We never know when we will be wrongfully accused. Today we write, tomorrow we may be the ones written about. Watch what we write today.

  14. gladiatorz
    August 5, 2014

    Money n d law rule.
    They have their special person to give the post mortem
    Dat case soon dead

    • fish
      August 6, 2014

      They can have who they want doing their post mortem, they can hide all they want. the persons responsible has a conscience and it will for ever hunt them. The truth of what really happen will come out, just wait..

  15. PINKY
    August 5, 2014

    if he had use the ammunition and kill somebody I wonder what you all would be braying.

    • Nac Vibes
      August 6, 2014

      So what you are saying is, because they found ammunition on him, he deserves to die?. Pathetic.

    August 5, 2014

    Just wait and listen to Q95 on that one…Where was the PM;? Is Skerrit that do that! They already say the PM is commander in chief,,Boy look jokers…Only half the story has been told but they already pointing fingers…

    • The Facts
      August 5, 2014

      :lol: Not the half has yet been told, eh? :lol:

    • Anonymous
      August 6, 2014

      Oh what stupid comments, best you’d say nothing at all twould have been a much better contribution for sure. Is clear to see what kind of defender you are on the field of politics before someone even kicks the ball you’re already running forward weh! Weh! Weh!!! E ni moun ki bien sot eh garson weh! Weh! Weh!!!

  17. Anonymous
    August 5, 2014

    Dead man tell no tales. Johnrose Lindsey…….. and it continues. But God saw what happen.

  18. Dominican abroad
    August 5, 2014

    This is very disturbing news indeed for the nature Island which places the police under the microscope. Because of their civil status there should be a public inquiry. Is there going to be an independent investigation as to the negligence of the officers who were on duty? ( for example the duty Supt, Insp, custody Sgt and PC). The relevant government ministers for example the Prime Minister, the home secretary or equivalent , the minister responsible for Police, Prisoner and state security together with the Police Commissioner should demand an emergency meeting to show (a) transparency and (b) accountability . That’s the only way public trust can be built and public confidence restored.

    . Any civilised esponsible.

    • real possie
      August 5, 2014

      @ DA, do you even know if the guy hanged himself or if he had a medical problem? they looking at DA, who is they? the ones that just chocked a young man in Long Island and killed him those people you talking about? GEEZZ man.

      • Dyco
        August 6, 2014

        Did you read what the guy said? Transparency is needed in this country. Too many time things happen and no one is held accountable. I am not blaming anyone; however in order for someone to be held accountable investigations have to be made.

    • Sensible
      August 5, 2014

      I agree with this. This sounds much better than the bunch of political and impulsive comments I’ve read so far. We need to be alot more objective in our thinking as Dominicans. Shame on those who can’t write sensible comments that can generate and trigger positive n intelligent discussions on an international (WWW) news site.

  19. Anonymous
    August 5, 2014

    nothing will happen to those who caused his death…in Dominica we are!

  20. Lawyer
    August 5, 2014

    How did he die? The officers better pray they have no part in his death because they will pay big time. My prayers will not be in vain!!!

  21. natural dominican
    August 5, 2014

    Law suit

  22. oh oh :)
    August 5, 2014

    papa, under skerro is madness in that place…

    • me
      August 5, 2014

      You all blaming Pm for everything one day God will give you all someting to talk about.

      • Dyco
        August 6, 2014

        Don’t put God’s name in your rubbish.

    • The Facts
      August 5, 2014

      I suppose you made that comment to see what the replies will be? Is the PM responsible for people and for those who take drugs? You are surely on his back. Why do you not get off his back?
      Is there another country especially in the West Indies that nationals blame their Prime Minister for everything and for lawless people? Only in D/ca you say?

  23. Anonymous
    August 5, 2014

    Post mortem does not lie….

  24. Morihei Ueshiba
    August 5, 2014

    I blame skerrit, instead of speaking of reducing crime in parliament you attacking law biding citizens who want to make the hospital a better place, we not paying your salary to focus on linton anger management, we paying you a salary to make Dominica a better place to live and so far u get a failing grade.

    • Night nurse
      August 5, 2014

      Seriously grow up why does everything have to be about the pm ,,,go educate urself and the matter at hand is the one u should be discussing ,,not about someone else ,,,,,at least u can say condolences to his family ,,,cheese and bread with allu politicians,,,smh,,,,,,RIP,,,Joshua ,,,,,,

    • The Facts
      August 5, 2014

      Morihei, is the PM responsible for those who have ceased recognizing God, worshiping him and praying to him? Is he responsible for those who have swayed from the truth of Our Lord Jesus Christ and those who have fallen away from the blessing and grace of God?
      It is foolhardy to blame the PM for everything. Some of you men and women are always at him. Surely, someone cannot be all that bad and by no means in the eyes of God.
      Morihei, D/ca has a Prime Minister; not a Chief Minister.
      Dominica has a President; not a Governor.
      Dominica is called a “Nation” and Dominicans are called “Nationals.”
      The Parties meet in Parliament; not in the Legislature.
      Roseau is now called a “City”; not a town.
      The Roseau Town Council is called “The City Council.”
      There is a “Primary Convention” prior to choosing a candidate.
      There is talk of “Universal” health care for Dominica.
      I do not hear the word “village”.
      Note that. If D/ca is not a better place today, what is it and what is it called? Are some people blind and deaf?

  25. August 5, 2014

    im sure the man was beaten. I want to hear the rest of the story.

  26. MAMIE
    August 5, 2014

    Was the man allegedly shot while in custody?

  27. fish
    August 5, 2014

    MR. Daniel Carbon; this is the time we Domincans will see who you really are. something like this happening under your watch?? you talk to the tough talk lets see you walk the tough walk. JUSTICE FOR Joshua!!!!!

    • pingo
      August 5, 2014

      So is Mr.Carbon, that kill him then? Please

    • The Facts
      August 5, 2014

      :lol: Some of you waste your time making silly and futile comments when you have no inkling how the man died. You commence the blame game.

  28. Anonymous
    August 5, 2014

    This is sad. Hope truthful information will be forthcoming.

  29. ebeh...
    August 5, 2014

    Hmmmmnnn…. in a few minutes this it gonna turn into a ‘skerrit’s fault’ convo…. wait for it…wait for it…

    • fish
      August 5, 2014

      It isn’t Skerrit fault how ever he is the commander in chief at the time. If it was some great accomplishment Skerrit would have puffed his chest and claim the victory. So…..

      • August 5, 2014

        fish is no wonder you talk so much nonsense fish have no brains.

        what does skerrit have to do with anything when police decide to take the law into there own hands

      • Peace
        August 5, 2014

        All does make me laugh wii!! Commander in chief?! Eh bien … he must be the president of the United States. Lol

    • Mamizoo
      August 5, 2014

      It is asinine to suggest that Skerrit is responsible if you were old enough during the Eugenia Charles administration you would have understood that – ” everything is Skerrit’s fault just like it was during the Eugenia charles administration- everything was Eugenia’s fault too. You know what is ironic here – it was coming from Laborites. Nothing new my friend nothing is new under the sun. live and learn. I am sure that you will do the same thing when your party is not in power.

    • Country Woman
      August 5, 2014

      You all taking it for a jock! It is not how you saying or thinking. Because of the way the PM is conducting his self,” not none of your dam business” every body in Dominica doing the same, even the police, it is because of what people see the leaders doing they feel they can do the same and get away with it. This is what is happening, and can’t you see? they are getting away with it. This is why people blame the PM, it is as a result of what our leaders do and because the people of God has not stood up against it.

      • The Facts
        August 6, 2014

        They are foolish to copycat what others do whether they are in power or not. Do they not know that they are accountable to God? This means to give him an account of all what they have done and failed to do, more so the wicked deeds?
        What do they see occurring that they should follow suite? I do think that people follow their own mind and not necessarily the mind of others which they cannot read.
        As for their actions are they present when others commit irregularities? Much of what they state is hearsay and what they read which they cannot prove since they were not present. This hearsay and what they read will one day put them in trouble.

  30. Anonymous
    August 5, 2014

    OMG!!! This is getting crazy!!

  31. August 5, 2014

    The public needs true information concerning this death,if there is any vice behind this death ,find the culprit ,if it is due to any ill -treament by the police make them pay as any other criminal …if it is ill-health let us know also …we are not in russia where every death where gov’t in suspected remains un-punished,,no matter what he did he was someones son. …nonetheless i am sure he will not offend the law any more,

  32. Shameless
    August 5, 2014

    8-O Ohhhhh boy!

    Assertive, NOT Agressive!

  33. practitioner
    August 5, 2014


  34. Natural Beauty
    August 5, 2014

    hmph! I hope is not in a choke hold they had d man…well whatever the case may be, its someones friend, brother ,father, nephew, grandchild, boyfriend or husband…Rest in Peace..

    • hmm
      August 5, 2014

      you forgot to say someone’s child

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