Man set ablaze, hospitalized

The scene where the incident reportedly took place
The scene where the incident reportedly took place

One man is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Princess Magaret Hospital (PMH) nursing serious burns after he was set ablaze in what is said to be a drug deal gone sour.

It is reported that flammable liquid was poured on the man, who is said to be homeless, and he was set afire last Saturday as he slept on a mattress in a derelict building near the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Pottersville.

The building is also used by other homeless people, DNO understands.

The incident reportedly took place in full view of several eyewitnesses who called the Fire and Ambulance Service.

The Fire and Ambulance Service confirmed to Dominica News Online that it responded to a call at Pottersville on Saturday regarding an unidentified male suffering from burn injuries.

DNO understands that the incident took place because of $30 allegedly owed by the man for a drug transaction.

The victim’s brother told DNO that when he was alerted of the incident by a friend, he rushed to the scene with a bucket of water.

Upon arrival he recalls hearing his brother calling his name and saying that he was dying.

“I dash the water but my brother say doh dash more, I cook already,” the distraught man, who does not want to be identified, stated.

The man did not want to go into detail about his brother’s injury.

“I doh want to talk about it, all the man skin fall …” he stated.

DNO is following this story and will provide further information as it becomes available.

The building where the incident tool place
The building where the incident took place

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  1. February 12, 2015

    Enough is enough

  2. Rosque Marlin
    February 11, 2015

    Lets be real. When you help the police and they arrest these criminals, its just a waste of time and state money not mentioning the effort. Two weeks after you see them back on the street free because our judicial system a failure.

  3. hmmmm
    February 11, 2015

    so somebody call the brother.the brother come with a bucket of water and dash his brother.are we saying that all that time the guy was burning there and no body helping, how long did it take for the brother to get there.heartless

  4. Malpardee
    February 11, 2015

    Only in domnica… Eyewitnesses…they stood there minding business as usual instead of trying to stop the man or even offering him the money to save d man life. I hope when he gets caught they burn him too. That is how they need to deal with criminals. Torture them the same wAy then they will know what god they serve. I pray that this man recovers. Alas…

  5. February 11, 2015

    I heard is where Mervin living the incident happen. I hope is not him. He was in Bonti Liverpool rehab and he was all right. If is not he best he go back there. Bonti alone that can handle these addict young men.

  6. out of south city
    February 10, 2015

    Some people just do not have a heart or a conscience. This kind of behaviour is just against nature. I guess that this man had to be out of his senses to act in such an evil and barbaric way towards a HOMELESS brother. Only those of evil intent behave that way. This behaviour should be condemned by law. I hope that he will be dealt with accordingly. On the other hand, the court system here is a joke because criminals get away with their crimes and repeat offenses over and over again.
    Our once peaceful Dominica has turned to a lawless society as a result of the judges’ decisions towards crime and violence. How can justice be served when the judges allow criminals to go free, roaming the streets just looking for another occasion to commit a crime?
    The lawyers and judges are mostly concerned about their pockets and not representing the poor and needy. It is a shame that such behaviour is demonstrated by those who have declared to practice law.
    Where there is no justice there is no…

    • February 11, 2015

      out of south city February 10, 2015 “Some people just do not have a heart or a conscience”

      My friend you have said it right! Man believes that because he walk and talk, he can see what is around him and others can see him, therefore he is alive–but that is not so at all.

      As human beings we exist in this world, we are here to receive Life, which is Love, and Love is the Primary nature of God, our Supreme being and Creator.

      Without God, conscience is dead, the mind is carnal; and to exist with those two conditions means that the person has no Love in him or her hence that person has no Life and absolutely no comprehension of this Life–those people are simply the “natural man” existing through sole control of the human senses.

      That is the reason so many people have no respect for their fellowman right down to that person’s Life–even our dogs and cats can be more compassionate than those people–this is deplorable!

      • Francisco Telemaque
        February 12, 2015

        Check your E-mail; what I told you today in my mail may have taken you back into the twilight zone, you know which one I supposed, back in the summer time. That is why you pretend to be in an ignoring mood. Remember the calypso you like so much: Remember Sparrow’s ” Tell your sister to come down quick?” And how she must remember oui! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

        Have a nice day Liz, I am not going to you a rough time anymore, cause I (doh) want you to cry, you are a kid, you are like that same cat you said is compassionate, that is why you start trouble then you cry like a cat!

  7. The Facts
    February 10, 2015

    This is sad and shocking that a poor man would be set ablaze for $30.00. Whoever did it has no heart and no conscience to do this to him. He or they know nothing about what is contained in Holy Scripture.
    Our Lord spoke of, “The man whom the master forgave and that one who did not forgive those who owed him.” It is occurring in the world; no exception in Dominica.
    So others are shocked and calling the perpetrator(s) names and even calling down the wrath of God on him/them. Be reminded of your criticisms, calling others derogatory names, tarnishing their names and some, their good names especially on this Website; not projecting love and respect for them even though you do not know them.
    If we are to project sadness and sorrow for what happened to this man and rightfully so, then we must do likewise, at all times to others, your fellow D/cans, wherever in the world they reside. God takes note of all we say and do and no one will escape His fair judgment and recompense.

  8. anonymous2
    February 10, 2015

    These people are just plain wicked.

  9. Underground king
    February 10, 2015

    You hypocrites pretending to be Christians the book says in Isaiah that malicious young men will rule over those in authority, so it is what it is n you all can’t change it. Plus revalation chapter 14 says that only 144000 will enter the kingdom. So what will be must be. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    • February 12, 2015

      @Underground king February 10, 2015

      Your names suits you understanding; there is no Light in the underground–it is well known to be the pit of darkness–that is what you are speaking here.

  10. Inspector Da$h
    February 10, 2015

    Oh boy!!!! Here we go again. You mess with the bull you should expect the horn. Mess with the boss finance that’s the end result my brother. Case close

  11. Jesus we need we,
    February 10, 2015

    Young man I pray that God the father will give you a second chance at life.
    Why is it that when crimes are committed we are prone to think that the crimes committed are as a result of the behaviors of some politicians, the church, parents, friends ect. Not many folks tend to look at the individuals themselves. If we believe that they can emulate the bad in people we should also believe that they can emulate the good in them. However we must not forget that the word of God speaks expressly that in the latter days wickedness will increase. Friends whether you believe in the Bible or not that does not take it away. The signs of the times are everywhere. The only remedy for this sin sick world is the return of the Savior. No caliber of politician or otherwise can remedy this or any other nation. Only the blood of JESUS. Lord help us ALL

  12. mine
    February 10, 2015

    I feel for this guy only a monster will do such act. Lord we need you in DA. I hope that when he is caught he don’t see the light of day again.

    • $'6'6'6
      February 11, 2015

      They came from Grand Bay and Mahaut, and allegedly entered the home of Leroy Samuel in Woodfordhill, knowing that Woodfordhill is very far from Grand Bay and Mahaut, so my question is, what does Leroy Samuel do for a living and how can they went straight to his house and also knowing of the things that could be taken away from him, is Leroy Samuel products life destroying, if yes free dem man and let them go all around Dominica.

  13. February 10, 2015

    We have become a heartless ,uncaring & insensitive society.

    • anonymous2
      February 11, 2015

      That is for sure. As well as one that will not attract good people and any good people that are there that can leave, will leave.

  14. February 10, 2015

    Is this country rapidly transforming from what is on our national anthem ” full of godly reverend fear ” to a godless , lawless , immoral and fierce state ? With the growing drug trade are we going to see more of these brutality ? God help us .

  15. February 10, 2015

    Weh Weh Weh idle hands and idle minds.

  16. February 10, 2015

    Alas Bon Dieu may God forgive you for doing what hou did to that poor man .I only hope that when your time come your suffering will be bearable. You are a sick human being. I hope the law hunt him down the son ……….

  17. FORKIT
    February 10, 2015

    that is what they wanted to do GON Emmanuel but the lord protected him from those people who tried to kill him and his wife, and the evil ones will be set free from those man made courts and they will beat their chest in glory, but vengeance is mine sayeth the lord. he will strike them with sickness and confusion and their wicked ways will be exposed.


    • Giving
      February 10, 2015

      what is wrong with u people that is nothing to do with GON Emmanuel MOVE ON

      • Dee
        February 10, 2015

        What do you mean move on? You imbecile! I agree this has nothing to do with the other, but you cannot expect ppl to move on when no justice has been served.

      • February 10, 2015

        Wait until it hit “home ” when some body try to burn you or your love ones, I hope you will move on
        without justice.
        Good luck!

    • Lin chang wu
      February 11, 2015

      whose business is that?

  18. chacha
    February 10, 2015

    Hmmm……” De country nice boy”

  19. FORKIT
    February 10, 2015

    if a man can do his black brother that for 30 dollars imagine what he will do you for 50 dollars

    February 10, 2015

    That’s what have been preached all along…..

  21. spider
    February 10, 2015

    drugs = $30 – $30 = death by burning…..

  22. shocked
    February 10, 2015

    OMG that’s where Mervin lives I hope it wasn’t him. That is so damn wicked man.

    • order
      February 11, 2015

      I too hope is not Mervin. That young man has too much talent to go that way. He was in Bonti Liverpool rehab in High Street and he was all right. I don’t know how he does do it but is Bonti alone that know how to manage those addicts.

  23. Babsal
    February 10, 2015

    I mean to “ask” not asked. Sorry for the typing error.

  24. Babsal
    February 10, 2015

    After having read this heartbreaking story, it has compelled me to asked this question, “Are some Dominicans are as heartless as the members of the ISIS group?”

  25. Ba Yo Bwa
    February 10, 2015

    Ghastly! Grotesque! Parents, raise your children. Teach them the principals of: love thy neighbor as thyself; do unto others as you’d have them do to you; what goes around comes around; what you sow is that you will reap; every day you carry the bucket to the well, one day the bottom must drop out. Could use a bunch of maxims, tried and true.

    Bottom line, lets reclaim the good old values of yesterday. Raise our children, instead of spoiling them.

    • anonymous2
      February 10, 2015

      I can only wish and hope of that. It certainly isn’t manifesting these days.

  26. Righteous
    February 10, 2015

    My biggest concern here is that “The incident reportedly took place in full view of several eyewitnesses who called the Fire and Ambulance Service.” I hope that these witnesses come forward to assist the Police in the investigation. If they are afraid of the punk drug dealer who poured gasoline on this poor man, they can call Crime Stoppers Dominica, It is Anonymous, It is Free. 1 800-TIPS (8477).

    I am really sick of these little punks causing problems in the country and even sicker of the silent bystanders who do nothing. In this high tech age, they video everything except when these crimes are being committed. As I have said before, good policing is not only for the lawmen, we the public can assist as well. If you See Something, Say Something.

    One Love Dominicans and may God continue to Bless this ya Commonwealth of Dominica!!!

  27. qstorm78
    February 10, 2015

    And everybody stood there and did nothing? What a damn disgrace..

    • As if....
      February 10, 2015

      That is what i don’t understand. He didn’t have a cutlass flinging around. Just drop kick him. If he see more than one person rushing on him he would react differently.

    • SYM
      February 11, 2015

      OH YEAH WHEN DRUG MAN DRE U THINK IS SO ?? Peter paying for paul so go head interfere…my prayers for u jah bless… We need a fight against crack y’all fighting the marijuana … Cocaine n crack u gotta kill … Guidance my brother again in the ICU sad ting dat

      • As if....
        February 12, 2015

        If it were “your people” you would want someone to interfere. It’s better if you had said nothing at all.

  28. ArAb
    February 10, 2015

    If you can burn a man alive far worst will be waiting for you in the depths of HELL.

  29. OneDestiny
    February 10, 2015

    Oh my, this is sad! A homeless person?? GOD help us!

  30. vanessa
    February 10, 2015

    Fire bun all the witnesses who stood by and let the culprits burn the man. May your skins burn you always.

  31. Lang Mama
    February 10, 2015

    Lang Mama like his well done. Anybody potato salad!!!. Lang Mama just says what others are afraid to say.
    Anyway I hope this drug dealer never see the light of day again

  32. Peter Potter
    February 10, 2015

    It is just about time that the police do something about these thugs otherwise DA will go down a very slippery slope. Having said that the court system needs to follow up with severe punishment. Do not just lock them up in Stockfarm, make them do hard labour during their time. You will see very soon that others think twice if they are tempted to take the ‘easy’ drug route instead of working to make a decent living. But…monkey see, monkey do – our government just sets bad examples for these people to follow. If a government is corrupt it will sooner rather than later corrupt it’s citizens.

  33. megso
    February 10, 2015

    What is missing in the story is if the Police are investigating?
    Did the ‘several witnesses’ call Police & give a description of the assailant?

  34. Francisco Telemaque
    February 10, 2015

    “The incident reportedly took place in full view of several eyewitnesses who called the Fire and Ambulance Service.”

    To those people who are of the opinion that a calypso will scare the tourist away: not such horrendous, and evil crime is all it takes to keep foreigner from visiting the country. Before it is all over the culprits in this crime will walk free because the judiciary will declare “insufficient evidence to prosecute.”

  35. grell
    February 10, 2015

    Dominica is being run by a criminal enterprise so why be surprised,Sorry what happen to you brother but no justice wants the court gets their money ,every citizen need to start protecting themselves.LAWLESS COUNTRY.

  36. unbeleiveable
    February 10, 2015

    Wow, i read this and tears came to my eye. this is happening in Dominica. What is my lovely country Dominica is becoming…


    • anonymous2
      February 10, 2015

      This is no longer a lovely country. That was 30 years ago. A new generation has taken over devoid of basic morals and values.

  37. February 10, 2015

    Is this becoming a trend now????

  38. zadam&gomorah
    February 10, 2015

    ”Doe dash more, I cook already”

  39. wth
    February 10, 2015

    Over $30.00??!! WTH?! what is our country coming to?? The person who did this needs to be hog tied and roasted slowly…murderous animal..

    February 10, 2015


    • happy
      February 10, 2015

      Lord send help? Help have always been there, but people dont want the help that is being offered. People needs the lord. When we we start to think that GOD is the only one that can bring the rest from sin then and only then we will start seeing change..

      • anonymous2
        February 10, 2015

        When people start doing something rather than being bystanders, then something will change. You are a representative of God. Start acting like one.

  41. Bomboclat
    February 10, 2015

    For 30 dollars? Awa wii

  42. Marilyn
    February 10, 2015

    What have become of my country. Lord we need you.

  43. i must speak
    February 10, 2015

    oh father have mercy :(

  44. Aie Dominique
    February 10, 2015

    I don’t know how people want to call it but I will call it just as I see it. Things are getting worse in Dominica and the nature of crime seems to be getting worse. It was just last week IsIs set a man ablaze in the middle east but I truly did not think it would happen in Dominica, within the city, in full view of eye witnesses, right next to a Church, and I guess some daylight too. Folks this tells me that Dominicans no longer have respect for the law, law officers, judiciary, the church or their fellowmen. Does it get any worse than this? I guess they heard when politicians indicated that law and constitution was useless; they saw how the house of GON Emmanuel was set on fire on Christmas of 2010, with both he and his wife inside, and to date, their greatest hindrance to justice is from those that supposed to help them. They saw how pastors, priests, bishop and Evangelist behaved during the last election so they don’t even mind committing crime close to church doors. Its bad!

  45. Anthony Ismael
    February 10, 2015

    This is what we have come too.

  46. Lougawoo Mem
    February 10, 2015

    So sad. No different to ISIS in regards to their deeds. Such actions remind us of the wickedness that’s amongst us day in and day out. It’s a burning shame the nature of the crimes we read and hear today on Dominica.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      February 10, 2015

      Have you ever heard the term copy-cat my friend? ISIS just murdered an Jordanian by burning him alive, so some Dominican criminal must patronized such evil act. Such acts however, came about because of Isis totally, be cause long before the name ISIS came along, someone from my village Wesley attempted to commit the same crime.

      The criminal walked from Wesley to Marigot bought a gallon of gasoline, returned to Wesley, and attempted to set someone on fire, for I would imaging for no real reason. The intended victim is a man who was just a sort of carefree person, nevertheless, in all the years I know the man he never hurt a fly, he and my father would argue and call each other names, by the time the dust cleared they return to their drinking, until it was time for another fight: Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah! The man now lives in Canada, the last time I met him, we had a few for ourselves, and one for me dead daddy!

      • Bomboclat
        February 10, 2015

        Man Hush your mouth. Mr. Know it all!!!!

      • mine
        February 10, 2015

        Here you come again with your rubbish.

  47. hmm
    February 10, 2015

    OMG!!! So just like that a man’s life was almost taken for $30.00???? STUPES nah man. The perpetrators need to be burned themselves…wiped clean from society! Drugs and money causes people to do some strange things. Nothing good comes out of drug dealing ppl. Children take heed plz

  48. Yawn
    February 10, 2015

    Jesus Christ. This is unbelievable. That is torture. I don’t even know what to say except I hope he makes it.

    • happy
      February 10, 2015

      Believe it! Cause it’s gonna get worse cause the heart of men are becoming more wicked day by day. The law of GOD has been set aside for fables what do we expect..?? When. Churches will begin to highlight the character of GOD that was handed down to us on tablets of stone then latter written on our hearts..its sad. But JESUS is who we need in this our land. 2 chronicles 7:14 is the answer to our sin problem!!

      • lisad
        February 10, 2015

        I agree with you. Imagine this was done in the presence of eyewitnesses!!. This is not lawlessness my friends. It is lovelessness. The love of many will wax cold. Don’t read only the book of proverbs. Read the whole bible and you will know. It will get worse and contrary to what most of you believe, no politician is going to make it better.

    • FORKIT
      February 10, 2015

      what so unbelievable about it, this is customary in dominica, to attempt to burn people alive

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