Long court battles for Salisbury residents

courtIt appears it will be a long battle before the courts as the issue surrounding the arrest of a number of residents of Salisbury, in relation to protests in the community recently, continues.

A few were summoned to court a month ago and on Thursday three more appeared before the Magistrate’s Court in St. Joseph.

They are facing charges of riotously and tumultuously assembling to the disturbance of the public, which is contrary to the Riot Act.

They are Leroy Williams, Lenary John and Jeffrey Peltier.

More residents are expected to appear before the court in the coming weeks.

After a long legal wrangling on Thursday, prosecutors told the court that they were “not yet ready to proceed with the matter” and ask for an adjournment.

It was hoped that the matter would be ready for October 27, 2015 for trial but the prosecution told the court that date was not possible.

Given that situation, the matter was adjourned to December 8, 2015.

Meanwhile MP for Salisbury was served summons outside the court in St. Joseph but when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Candia Carrette-George she said he was not properly served and he was asked to leave.

On May 11 and June 11, Salisbury was engulfed in disturbances as the police and residents faced off. The first action was in protest of poor farm road conditions in the area. It was eventually broken up by the police.

The second protest took place after the police swooped into the community and arrested six residents on allegations that they were part of the first protest.

Both actions have been described as “riotous” by the police.

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10 Comments

  1. REASONING
    August 15, 2015

    :?: This matter is making worse for Skerrit and easier for we the people,great reason among the many more to rise against this illegal government and throw them out!The next time Salisbury rise,Skerrit is surrounded by Roseau North,Roseau Central and Roseau South,we are gonna join with Salisbury right in Roseau,cause there’s not enough of police to be deployed,Marigot and Wesley,get ready for the airport is in your home! :?:

  2. Caretaker
    August 15, 2015

    Fire does burn and seriously as well, so, before you decide to set fire on think of the consequencies.Tax money! to every time you appear in court, you lose a day’s work.

  3. Concerned Dominican
    August 15, 2015

    We should bring to court the highest authority in Dominica! The PM! God is higher than you and he is your judge and will persecute u as he sees fit!

  4. John Paul
    August 15, 2015

    Mr. Skeritt we are watching to see You have Your day in Court!

  5. Ambra Battilana
    August 14, 2015

    Skerro legacy, crooks in high places (Dominica’s Ambassador, Zampolli is before the US courts), and trample on honest working people (Salisburysix) Keep it up skerro

  6. Cruz
    August 14, 2015

    What is really going on in my sweet country? How much more of tax payers money will this corrupt Government waste? When will the masses open their eyes and realize that they are on a joy ride that will end soon? Dominicans wake up and take back your country. My ppl of Salisbury I stand in solidarity with you. I only wish I was there in person but I am there in spirit and in prayer. Stand firm my ppl

  7. legion
    August 14, 2015

    They wasting tax payers money while the raising taxes. Smh.

  8. Peter Potter
    August 14, 2015

    That’s what Skerrit wastes our taxes on.

    • Kid On The Block
      August 14, 2015

      I wonder if you have ever paid a dime to the TAX-MAN?! You talking about “wastes our taxes on.” How much have you contributed to the system?

    • Donald
      August 15, 2015

      Peter Potter

      Skeritt is not wasting taxes. He is advocating a master and serf demeanour.

      In other words, if you are not a labourite, you will pay the piper King Skerritt of Dominica.

      So people compare and contrast the treatment of the lady from Mahaut with the people of Salisburu; Ophelia with Mr Henderson. Do I need to say anymore?

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