Man charged with murder in Castle Bruce stabbing

Joseph was stabbed on December 1
Joseph was stabbed on December 1

Lester Roberts, 20, of Castle Bruce, has appeared before a Roseau Magistrate on Monday, December 5 and has been charged with murder following a stabbing incident in the community on December 1.

He could not enter a plea since the matter is an indictable one.

He is charged following the stabbing death of Gerard Joseph in the Wind Blow area of Castle Bruce at around 845 pm on December 1.

Joseph’s brother, 24, also received serious injuries during the incident and is now a patient at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

Disclosure in the matter is set for March, 31, 2017 and preliminary inquiry is set for May 3, 2017 at Castle Bruce. 

Roberts was remanded in custody.

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30 Comments

  1. Dominica We Love
    December 7, 2016

    Youth people today as well as old need to learn to control their anger and do not act on their emotions. If someone encounter a problem with another there is a proper way to handle it. The education system tries hard to assist young people especially at the secondary level but some of our youths leave school still bent in their ways. Some of them do not even listen to their parents. This is so sad and this is some of the result of their behavior. Lord help us. My sympathy to all the families affected by this unfortunate situation. Now is not the time to rejoice at any ones mishap. What we need to do is to consider ourselves, our families, our friends and even our neighbours and find ways to encourage them to do right and live a life of love for each other and our fellow men.

  2. mine
    December 6, 2016

    Sad for their families one is other is behind bars. What is wrong with these young guys be a coward and walk away many lives will be saved.

  3. It's MissAlie
    December 6, 2016

    How can we, as adults, teach children how to behave when we are so quick to act on emotions rather than logic? Ever wonder why our youths are so angry and wayward? Because adults are teaching them that problems can be solved with guns, knives, and stones. Some parents even enable their children’s bad behavior by not confronting the behaviors they display. Anyway, this killing is no phenomena; people kill all the time. Perhaps, in the midst of teaching children how to dress for school, prepare for some slavery job; we should remind them that there are 6.8 billion others in the world , and learning to use words instead of harmful objects may stop the killings.

  4. floyd
    December 5, 2016

    rip soldier….gone but not forgotten….

    • indira Ghandi
      December 6, 2016

      Ahh,Gerad,i feel so sorry to look at your picture.

      you look so handsome.you always gave me a lovely smile.
      May you rest in peace.
      Our system,and especially our school system have failed our young men.
      Parents have failed their sons.

  5. analy thomas
    December 5, 2016

    May the Lord Jesus Christ comfort the family of the bereaved, the sick, and also the hurt. Young man, if you are reading, this is not the end! If we had our way you would have been killed already but God operates very differently.
    Though we have lost a life and another is hurt, the hardest thing to do is forgive. Young man, God forgives the vilest offender who truly believes in him. Of course you will pay the consequence if you are guilty; however, this is not the end. If you are guilty give your life to Christ in the prison. Get a bible and read his word! Find peace and forgiveness from your enemy and pray boy! I do not know you but Gd can change everything because he is God! If there is someone who is reading this message who knows this boy please tell him!
    To those who think negatively, please keep your comments and clean your eyes first for your neighbor is first but you may be next.
    Dominica, humble, pray, seek God’s face for healing and it shall be a better place.
    Praise…

  6. December 5, 2016

    @Samantha_Shillingford

  7. December 5, 2016

    Pa gawd :-?

  8. duck1951
    December 5, 2016

    Cheap shots .I understand your frustration when bad thinks happen . Although I am not in agreement with the Government on a lot of things , you cannot always blame the government when people act irrational .This happens all over . Tortola has 25 unsolved murders e.g . So please give me a break .

  9. December 5, 2016

    You all know nothing ok? If the accused did not defend himself he would be the dead one.

  10. December 5, 2016

    DR shillingford , what are you talking about ? seriously? the police has a long way to go here in Dominica , a report ? they cant even write a proper report, sorry to say that, man lets get real here , you will never see a report on the trend of criminal activity here in Dom–inica that will expose them , for derelects of duty , and for sleeping at the wheel if you know what I mean.

  11. December 5, 2016

    RIP young man. What a waste of young life

  12. December 5, 2016

    I hope this is not your first Christmas in jail hope you see many more. The sad thing about it, you’ll be eating from the fatest pig and not bread and water.

    • Da4real
      December 5, 2016

      Amen to that..well said

    • December 5, 2016

      I 100 percent agree with that @Real :!: ………like why…..what joy do they get when taking poor innocent lives. OMG…..what a life! :cry:

    • The S7 - i will blow up in your face
      December 6, 2016

      Regardless of what anyone does i can never revel is someone going to jail. yes crimes must be paid for but jail does in no way help society. i cannot rejoice in this young man wasting his life in jail for a senseless act. Until you yourself goes to jail or one of your loved ones you will know.

      • Real Deal
        December 7, 2016

        Ur comment not complete if u don’t think jail is the place for him then give an alternative. Tell the Dominican public where we should send him.

    • Nikivalmond
      December 6, 2016

      Is dat if was I would say the same towards u

  13. LifeandDeath
    December 5, 2016

    Sorry is indeed a very sorry word..problems come and go but lost lives do not return. our people need guidance both young and Old to settle our problems without violence.
    Lord have mercy on the souls of our nation..give us the power of reasoning and discernment. Strengthen our resolve to be tolerant and understanding of our differences..We as a people should be together, we’re not each other’s enemies..

    Seems like strength continues to be wasted on the young and wisdom wasted on the old..where is this balance of which we seek? Stop and think a little..remember Love is the Key..

  14. Matteo Renzi
    December 5, 2016

    What is the Govt doing? Nothing is woring in DOminica

  15. May
    December 5, 2016

    Ppl doing more than that they doing willful murder and they getting bail can we get bail for this young man . What about self denfence

  16. Zepeng
    December 5, 2016

    That’s so unfortunate for both parties

  17. Samantha_Shillingford
    December 5, 2016

    I cannot take it anymore skerrit need to do something, inspire the young people, get involved, visit the business places, do more show that you care. Act like elections is everyday, u need to be more involved with youths. Skerriitttttttttttttt do something!

    • erggg
      December 5, 2016

      how can you help….what can you do? are you thinking of ways YOU can assist?

    • December 5, 2016

      AMEN SISTER!

    • It's MissAlie
      December 6, 2016

      Their parents should be inspiring them, not the Govt. Besides, these are grown men! Grown men need to be working, and managing their emotions and anger.

  18. no
    December 5, 2016

    next year look for him again he will be a free man… the judge and jury can see you killing and you will still walk away free… sorry to say but thats how it is in paradise here in dominica..

  19. DR Clayton Shillingford
    December 5, 2016

    Are we going to get a report from the Police on these trends of criminal activity??

    • no
      December 5, 2016

      these men we call police cannot even read and write farless to write a report.. you are asking for too much from them… they were only trained to cut down marijauna trees

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