UPDATE: Morne Prosper man charged with murder; remanded in custody

police lineThe police have charged 53-year-old Vivian Charles of Morne Prosper, residing in Laudat, with murder following the discovery of the body of Richard Roy Lazarus in Providence.

Lazarus, a resident of Trafalgar, was found dead about 30 feet in bushes from the main road on February 13, 2013.

There were multiple injuries on the body when it was found.

Charles was remanded in custody when he appeared in court on Monday.
According to court reports, Charles allegedly murdered Lazarus between February 8-13.

He is represented by Wayne Norde.

Preliminary inquiry into the matter is set for July 29, 2013.


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  1. DreamCatcher
    February 19, 2013

    No matter what the crime the fact of the matter is that criminals and more so common citizens are getting more and more aware of our weak laws and judicial system. A man will jump the lowest fence knowing that it will be easy jumping back over. We need to reform our “laws of the land” and send a message to criminals and would be ones that the punishment will greatly out balance the crime

  2. blessed
    February 19, 2013

    just now he is out on bail. no big surprise. the judicial system sucks!

  3. poonks
    February 19, 2013

    is right* sorry

  4. poonks
    February 19, 2013

    we dominicans to quick to judge cuz we hv to idea wat took place or wat is the reason the man did wat he did..neither of us was there so lets wait to hear the two sides of the stry..am nt saying that wat he did is wrong bt still we too quick to judge wen we knw nothing..let he without sin cast the first stone

  5. Justice and Truth
    February 19, 2013

    People must have a wicked, hard heart to harm others, use a weapon to harm them and murder them. Such people do not have a conscience and no love for others.
    He should also be charged for committing an indignity to the body. He must have thrown the body in the grass so that the remains will not be detected.

  6. sad
    February 18, 2013

    Law-less-ness, mad-ness in Dominica. Bring back the death penalty. These people have no respect for human rights. Some lawyer will say, human rights.
    Where is the right of the dead person who was murdered.

    My point is, you did not give life, who give you the right to take it. I believe in forgiveness, but when you have a calculated murder, I believe in an eye for an eye, an a tooth for a tooth.
    Lord, protect the innocent in our midst. You Lord will have the final punishment.

  7. Cza
    February 18, 2013


  8. yellow
    February 18, 2013

    ppl we did not give life, why take it?????????? let us stop all dat murder in de place. hmmmmmmmmmmmm, ppl who murder will surely suffer before they die.

  9. DA/NY
    February 18, 2013

    Teach him a lesson life in prison without parole.

  10. Realistic opinion
    February 18, 2013

    The judical system needs to excecute capital punishment.Without any doubt we have seen an excalation of murders and criminal activities since we have swept the death penalty underneath the carpet. Why don`t we hang a few murders and see whats happens to the criminal activities on Island. These criminals don`t want to die.

  11. jason
    February 18, 2013

    St vincent is brining back hanging think we need to the same in Dominica

    • 2Cute
      February 19, 2013

      I hear allu wii,find somebody rapping your child and play saint.Jail is for everybody.I dont support what he did but that life time thing…am sure if i support that…#amjustsaying.

  12. Anonymous
    February 18, 2013

    Hope the punishment is severe enough for the crime committed. MADNESSS!!!

    Time to Bring back capital punishment!

    February 18, 2013


    These last few years the murder rate has been jumping!! We seem to be turning more & more to DEADLY solutions than to reasoning among ourselves!!

    As for the hanging, though it can be considered a deadly solution, it is also a legal one. One that can very well discourage potential murderers!!



    • Justice and Truth
      February 19, 2013

      Capital punishment should be a deterrent. They should also not be granted bail. The punishment should fit the crime. Know that some bleeding hearts will be against it. I would also approve of execution by lethal injection.

  14. Anonymous
    February 18, 2013

    Spa that you do boy

  15. "O" STRESS"
    February 18, 2013

    Great Job, Now do the due deligence to have the investigation leave no doubt that we have the right guy.

  16. DD
    February 18, 2013

    Borjai a set of evil ppl in di damn place!!!!!!!

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