Magistrate with close ties refrains from matter

A man held on attempted murder and shooting charges will remain behind bars as Magistrate Candia George refrains from sitting on the matter due to her close ties with the defendant’s family.

Armstrong Drigo appeared before Magistrate George at the Roseau Magistrate Court Thursday morning where a bail application on his behalf made by lawyer Zena Dyer was not considered.

The defendant who is associated with an alleged shooting in June in Portsmouth has been remanded at the Stock Farm Prison since then.

“His brother and I are very close, whatever decision I take; it could be seen as unfair,” Magistrate George told to a persistent Zena Dyer who attempted to make the bail application.

“It is not fair to keep a man in custody for six weeks, even if a person sues the police after, the person would have already suffered so much that money would not be able to compensate for their sufferings.’ Dyer pointed out to the court.

However, other factors are impeding the bail of Drigo. Dyer indicated that she has been attempting to make the bail application in the Portsmouth district but due to the tight schedule of the Magistrate in that district the matter has not been able to be heard there.

When Dyer requested disclosure of the evidence of the matter from the Roseau police, the prosecution objected. “The matter is before the Portsmouth court. It is unfair to come to the Roseau Court and ask for a disclosure,” police prosecution said.

Armstrong is known by the police.  Similar firearm related charges were brought against the defendant in the past.

The trial in this matter is carded for October 4.

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39 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    November 17, 2011

    alu think armstrong easy, juss know whenever he in jail he like a boss, even dem officers workin for him so think dat nigga easy still

  2. forreal
    July 20, 2011

    The magistrate did the honorable thing by stepping down which of course does not mean that she cannot still influence the outcome of this case. The argument would come in about the rights of individuals, six weeks without proper legal protocol which gives his lawyer a voice, We are talking a bout an individual who has had charges of firearm in the past. A great lawyer can bring this up an have the judge deny him bail on those grounds. The law always put criminal back on the streets to create more crime and havoc. With his past and what has happened now has he redeemed himself in any way for the betterment?? At the end of the day he is somebody son, brother relative etc, but out innocent children & family members are the ones who suffer at the hands of those characters.

  3. Jenny from da Block
    July 20, 2011

    @ possie pam pam….what patat innocent…wicked u f****ng wicked?? what d ass armstrong innocent of??? D damass just going around shooting everybody, he and d other damass dat just come out jailand following him like a lost, hungry puppy….f****ng fool!! Armstrong is as guilty as my a** is black! they do right keep his worthless self behind bars!

  4. Bull Crap
    July 18, 2011

    see their is the problem “Portsmouth I from” you talk about professionalism but what u fail to understand that when it come to the court of law anything can be used by lawyers. what if she had stayed and had acted in a professional manner, which by the way nothing say professional more than she removing her self. what u think his lawyer and maybe u your self would say. that she had conflict of interest. We in this country need to stop this nonsense and call right fr right and give people their praise when they do right. it seem the only thing we can do is bring people down. So much crap going on in this country its just be happy that some one is actually putting the law of the land first and not their own personal interest. After all i thought we wanted a judge that was fear to all no and not one that looking out for their friends.

  5. ARK-ARK
    July 15, 2011

    WAT IS DNO trying on me nor?

  6. ARK-ARK
    July 15, 2011

    BUT ANON, wat is your problem? You getting over heated with everybody comment. To me your attitude sounds familiar. I KNOW YOUR KIND. He pay you man? A..A….

  7. Anonymous
    July 15, 2011

    ANON, what is your problem? He paying you man. To me you sound familiar. I know your kind. You get overheated to every comment. A..A..

  8. am stronger
    July 15, 2011

    GREAT JOB MAGISTRATE CANDIA! The man brother is very close to you and your family. to grant or not grant bail is a problem. Armstrong should change his life or lose it.

  9. River Street
    July 15, 2011

    Well done your honour. There is too much conflict of interest in DA. There is such lack of integrity. People do not have the balls to stand for truth. As for ma Dyer she needs to go try that nonesense defense in Barbados.

  10. Portsmouth I from
    July 14, 2011

    I expect u to be more professional than that Magistrate Candia. You should be able to sit on any case and not let your personal opinion hinder your judgement. How many cases are u going to abstain from sitting on sighting personal reasons.

    • July 15, 2011

      There is something known as conflict of interest; if the Magistrate had granted him bail and presided over his arraignment, you and all of Dominica including me, would be signing a different tune!

      In this case she ( the magistrate) has done what is legally, professionally, and ethically correct!

      There should be no argument, nor criticism in this respect.

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • possie pam pam
        July 15, 2011

        ofcouse you would want him behind bars foolish boy! he was in yur way,doh worry yur day soon come, he innocent and the person who put him dere knows dat……….

    • Jayson
      July 15, 2011

      You clearly have absolutely no idea what professionalism is all about.

    • ANON
      July 15, 2011

      stop shame ur community

  11. Anonymous
    July 14, 2011

    interesting eh and the same magistrate who apparently is well acquainted with the girl involved in the forged birth certificates heard the case and granted bail on very generous conditions.. shame on her!!!!!!!!!

  12. ANON
    July 14, 2011

    my boy u study law??? even dog have rights my boy……read a book learn about ethics and codes of conduct. everywhere have rules my boy

    jah boy, my people eh

    so if the man sue the state my boy, even ur two dollars will have to pay him back for the violation of his rights my boy

    • sot
      July 15, 2011

      Keep suporting Amstrong the murdera untill it happen to your family you would not know how it feel

  13. ANON
    July 14, 2011

    I ADMIRE THIS MAGISTRATES ETHICAL CONDUCT AND CLEAR FEAR OF GOD, THIS IS THE KIND OF ETHICS AND INTEGRITY THAT WE NEED FROM ALL OF OUR LEADERS AND THOSE WHO SORELY NEED TO REFORM THEIR ATTITUDES AS PERTAINS TO THEIR RESPECTIVE AUTHORITY.

  14. Sparrow
    July 14, 2011

    to all those idiots who talking about DA justice system here is what it should be (innocent until proven guilty). but in DA it is (Guilty until you can prove your self innocent). the man should be free…

    • /
      July 15, 2011

      what you waiting for; go and set him free nuh

  15. MEEEEEEE
    July 14, 2011

    LOCK UP HIS RASS AND FEED FISHES WITH HIS KEY

    • miami
      July 14, 2011

      possie people to low minded,the man in jail and they still blaming the man for other shooting incident,wake up and smell the coffe,da to slow .

      • sot
        July 15, 2011

        Miami coparwayzor go set him free you in Miami tha have so much crime shut your but up ar Miami dominche famie wache

    • possie pam pam
      July 15, 2011

      he refused you man? stupid girl

  16. vip
    July 14, 2011

    THATS THe problem i have with justice in this country.it seems everybody knows everybody and no one is willing to stand up for truth and justice.honest and sincere people always stand up for what is right.magistrate candida is now a suspect in her judgement.shame on you

    • The truth
      July 14, 2011

      Are you stupid? You moron. It’s a conflict of interest fool. She had no choice but to refuse dealings with the case. Whether or not she refused bail Could have been seem as biased. Very well done to the magistrate. I guess you was never educated on conflict of interest.

      • Relative truth
        July 14, 2011

        Maybe you should voice your opinion on the many other conflict of interests more so those to do with our P.M certain lawyers etc. the we can see your truth,The Truth.

    • ANON
      July 14, 2011

      RUBBISH, i reiterate are you a moron????

  17. Anonymous
    July 14, 2011

    QUESTION.WHY DO CRIMINALS HAVE SO MUCH RIGHTS IN THIS COUNTRY NOW? TO ME BEFORE I NEVER KNEW THOSE THINGS TO BE HAPPENING.

    • ANON
      July 14, 2011

      EDUCATE YOURSELF AND U WILL UNDERSTAND THE GROUNDS ON WHICH THE MAGISTRATE REMOVED HER INFLUENCE FROM THIS CASE, I APPLAUD HER FOR HER CLEAR DISPLAY OF INTEGRITY IN THIS INSTANCE.

  18. Jenny from da Block
    July 14, 2011

    D deserves more than jailtime!! And to d person that say “if d man had pay up he woud not get shot”, allu find armstrong right to just go around shooting pple? I suspect u are one of his trigger happy followers but doh worry, soon he will turn around and shoot all of allu. He is a menace to society and he is long overdue behind bars, ROTTING! they need to lock him up and throw away d dam key!

  19. Papa met
    July 14, 2011

    Good decision Candy. Nurse thought you well. Note I did not say Dad because Dad is allergic to the integ gree Tea- causes heart burn.

  20. brownsugar
    July 14, 2011

    if d man had pay up he woud not get shot

  21. July 14, 2011

    He need to stop those nonsense he is doing, and grow up.Stop putting shame in your family eyes. But wat happen to the restaurant in Glanvillia nor, it close down man, money finish? court taking all?

    • ANON
      July 14, 2011

      U NEXT HE SHOULD SHOOT. that is a poisonous attitude my friend, i agree he should pay for his actions but you taunting and almost rejoicing about DE BAR CLOSE DOWN, maybe if the bar was doing well he wouldnt have time to go do that rubbish with himself, TYPICAL LANG SAL DOMINICAN, like to see their own people down. u not at all genuine when u talk about the shame in his family eyes.

  22. July 14, 2011

    Nice try,Ma Dyer, his backside will stay in prison. I hope portsmouth never get no magistrate for the next two years. Let him stay there.That boy think he is Clint Eastwood or John Wayne. GO AHEAD MAKE MY DAY…Give your life to jESUS.BOY.

  23. ?
    July 14, 2011

    “It is not fair to keep a man in custody for six weeks, even if a person sues the police after, the person would have already suffered so much that money would not be able to compensate for their sufferings.’ Dyer pointed out to the court.
    IS THAT WOMAN CRAZY? ARMSTRONG SHOULD BE IN PRISON LONG TIME AGO.

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