Roseau North MP to appear in court on Friday

Lugay is facing a charge of inciting murder
Lugay is facing a charge of inciting murder

Parliamentary representative for the Roseau North Constituency, Daniel “Danny” Lugay, who has been charged with inciting the murder of attorney Alick Lawrence arising from statements he made at a UWP political meeting in Soufriere in 2014, will reappear in court on April 24, 2015.

Lugay is on bail in the sum of EC$8,000.00 with one surety.

There are reports that Director of Public Prosecution, Evelina Baptiste, has indicated that the matter is “devoid of merit” however the State is going to pursuing it by bringing in a prosecutor from outside Dominica.

Lugay was arrested and charged after stating at the meeting on July 3, 2014 that there are some people who “deserve to die” for keeping Dominica back.

The charge reads in part:

“On the 3rd day of July 2014 at Soufriere Danny Lugay did unlawfully incite the murder of Allick Lawrence by uttering to the people, ‘you know not too long ago we met with the Electoral Commission and I am looking Alick Lawrence in the face, right? And he wouldn’t say a word, you know, and these are the guys that are obstructing electoral reform in Dominica, you know. I have said in a public meeting in Fond Cole if I wasn’t a believer, I would take out some people in Dominica you know. My heart is different and that is why I wouldn’t do it, but it have some people that deserve to die in Dominica. Honestly, when you see the sort of things that they do to keep back Dominica.’”

Lawrence is a member of the Electoral Commission.

One week after making the statements, Lugay apologized and asked for forgiveness.

Joshua Francis and David Bruney are representing Lugay in the matter.

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35 Comments

  1. Portsmouth - London Based
    April 27, 2015

    Dear DNO,
    I have just read the above and is horrified and shocked to read that. What has Mr. Alick Lawrence done
    for a comment like that to be made?

    Alick Lawrence and his siblings, we all grew up together at home in Zicack Alick has always been a pleasant and decent young man who has grown up to legally represent the community including myself and my extended family as our solicitor.

    Whenever I am home we seek him out and he is very understanding and gives support where it is needed.

    Therefore, Why Why? These types of statements should not be even thought off no matter how upset one is.

    In life we may not get on or love everyone, but I believe that in any forms of disagreement we should have respect, for example disagree to agree or beg to differ and move forward, not wanting or wishing someone dead.

  2. Business Minded - Put Dominica First
    April 26, 2015

    If the charge is “inciting the murder of attorney Alick Lawrence,” I believe that someone should take a second look at the language of the charge. The charge as stated above suggests that the attorney was already murdered.

    If the charge had been something like: inciting to commit murder of attorney Alick Lawrence, then I believe that could be a different scenario with respect to the charges, because it would suggest that the attorney was not harmed, and a greater latitude would have been presented for interpreting the charges.

    The phrase “Inciting the murder” presented itself to mean that something that actually happened.

  3. UK Dominican
    April 25, 2015

    what is really needed is an OUTSIDE INVESTIGATOR to look into the 2010 Christmas fire of MR and MRS EMANUEL’S home in Goodwill

  4. Anthony P. Ismael
    April 24, 2015

    Is has to be the cheap rum in local rum shops provided by Skerrit and his crew that has taken over the sensibilities of our people.
    Then again, maybe all of this is deliberate in a attempt to silence the masses. “You can fool some people some time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.”

    Danny needs to hold strong. . How much will it cost the tax payers for this outside prosecutor? Why don’t you hire outside prosecutors to prosecute the cold-blooded murders who walk free all the time?

    It’s because you are corrupt. That’s exactly why. A land with anarchy, corruption and injustice shall never prosper.

  5. Olive Branch or mapoo?
    April 24, 2015

    The 2014 election campaign was one of the worse I have witnessed. Both parties got out of control at times and said dumb things that they should not have said. As bad as what Mr. Lugay said was, I, as an independent person, who voted the DP, still believe the worse statement made during the campaign was this:
    “If you choose not to go out and vote then you are indirectly voting for Lennox Linton to become the prime minister of Dominica. I say tonight that the blood of Dominica would be on your hands, all those who triggered the demise of this beautiful country of ours.”

    This to me was inciting murder and blood shed if UWP had won. Thank God DLP won and bloodshed was averted. Was Mr.Skerrit even asked to retrack this statement let alone arrested? If no, then why go after something that is even less destructive. It’s time to heal this country and let us demonstrate to all that we meant olive branch and NOT mapoo branch

    • The Facts
      April 24, 2015

      Re-read what you copied and think twice. Give it a good thought. What you assumed is not what the PM meant.

  6. Olive Branch or mapoo?
    April 24, 2015

    I thought Skerrit and the DLP really wanted to bring healing to the nation but it seems as if is the opposite. If according to reports “Evelina Baptiste, has indicated that the matter is “devoid of merit” then why not just move on for the good of Dominica? Why spend tax money to bring a prosecutor from outside Dominica? Why try to divide the country? Doesn’t common sense tell us that if they do anything to Mr. Lugay there will be an uproar in the city which was handsomely won by the opposition? Mr. Skerrit whom I voted for, said it was a hard fought election and wrong things were said by both parties. We need to bypass them and move on. While what Mr Lugay said was dead wrong, he apologized and was embarrassed when he was arrested. Both Mr. Skerrit and Austrie also made stupid statement in St. Joseph, to which Skerrit apologized while Austrie refused to. Let’s move on guys and try to build Dominica

    • real possie
      April 24, 2015

      What are you really saying? This has nothing to do with the PM or DLP the man who he said should die is who took him to court, and I see DNO still saying he apologized he only did to his family his party members but not Allick, so when you Mapoo sit there and try to sound balanced you for sure not fooling me.

      • fantastic4
        April 24, 2015

        What are you really saying – eh Real Possie – what are you saying – the state is sending for an outside prosecutor that suggest it is a police/state matter not a civil matter dummy. further more the Chief Magistrate now DPP says she sees no merit however they want to continue which suggest to any dummy that this case has become political. Finally Lugay has always been attending court yet Lawrence who you say is the interested/agrieved party has never appeared to court hearings not even once – what does that tell you dummy? I guess those guys will continue to have dum people like you in their corner – poor you.

      • Olive Branch or mapoo?
        April 26, 2015

        @real possie, this has noting to do with the PM or DLP? You must be joking. How do you separate Alick from the PM and the policies of the DLP? Can you? Really? Alick, the PM and the DLP are one, just as the Trinity is one. I am not trying to fool anyone; I am simply trying to get the country united. FYI I am a laborite who voted the DLP in the last election, though I must confess refused to vote or support any party in 2005 and 2009.

    • April 26, 2015

      I are up in the mountains of Afghanistan, trying to make the world a safer place from all the madness and it hurts that my homeland has so much political stuff going on. If you are a representative of the people then represent them, put your personal feeling aside for the betterment of your country people. Why does politics always have to divide and destroy a nation, look around the world today, do you see all the tumoil and choas that is going on. We have a beautiful Island nation that could be so prosperous, stop destroying our country with your politics, remember it is “A Government for the People, by the People”

  7. Sorrow
    April 24, 2015

    This is why I don’t return to Dominica, though my heart cries out for my homeland. Too much corruption.

  8. just saying G
    April 24, 2015

    petty politics lives on!

  9. DS
    April 24, 2015

    What happened to the Dominican spirit – We need to take to the street and stop the madness thats taking place in Dominica. It is sad and appalling. I am praying for Lugay and all of UWP since Skeritt an his cabal are out to persecute. WE WANT DOMINICA BACK – !!!

  10. hmmm
    April 24, 2015

    So we bringing in an outside prosecutor for that. We have money to waste. Cause I know that prosecutor getting paid for his time. If the local DPP says the case is devoid of merit why are we pursuing this? Politics….

    • son of the soil
      April 24, 2015

      But wait, isn’t the dpp incharge of all case and can pursue or drop any case that they want, then who wants to jump over the dpp head then,, is there 2 dpp’s?.

      • Kid On The Block
        April 24, 2015

        You should also ask the question too…Are there two Governments in Dominica? Why is the UWP want to jump over the Government?

  11. Bull Crap
    April 24, 2015

    “Director of Public Prosecution, Evelina Baptiste, has indicated that the matter is “devoid of merit” however the State is going to pursuing it by bringing in a prosecutor from outside Dominica.”

    And i bet Dominican gonna seat back and let this happen.. this is clearly political and yet another way of trying to steal a seat.. The person that was put in placed to uphold the law don’t see any merit so your gonna go behind her back and undermined the office.. so this is how Dominica come. you cant have your way so u just get someone form other seas to do you dirty work.

  12. Just Me
    April 24, 2015

    You see how they wasting taxpayer’s money. Bringing in a prosecutor from overseas. Weh papa. Lord help us in this Country. This case will go no where in Jesus’ Name.

    Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!!!

  13. maindesk
    April 24, 2015

    For a politician on the election campaign to admit his error and ask for forgiveness for his words spoken in the passion of the political platform should be humiliation and punishment enough but not for these sharks in the Labour Party. They will insist it is a matter for the police, well should not the people insist that the racketeering in the Labour Division should also be a matter for the police? The opposition who should take up causes in the name of the people is too busy making up with the government to help the people therefore it is civil society that must act.

  14. goodie
    April 24, 2015

    That is called ‘ Paying for ones Tongue”.

  15. Cyrique
    April 24, 2015

    See? His mouth got his In trouble. His comment was irresponsible for someone in his position!!!

  16. Francisco Telemaque
    April 24, 2015

    Skerrit, and his cabal are very sick, and power hungry people; what they are doing is nothing more than flexing their political power, they are victimizing Luga.

    Victimize me, for I am repeating it hear lowed and claire as I have done many times in the past in other forums; I reiterate the politicians in the Labor Party will all have to die and be buried; only then Dominica will begging to make progress.

    They all need to die by natural causes, or some catastrophic disease, so that Dominica can be rid of them, and some ambitious people come along and do what it takes to get the country moving. Sue me or send you all hatch man to get me!

    • Kid On The Block
      April 24, 2015

      Your idiot! Go and learn to read, spell and write. Did you mean to say….” loud and clear?”…..No one will waste their precious time and come looking for an idiot.

    • The Facts
      April 24, 2015

      The Lord will get you. An intelligent person who knows that we are not here forever and any minute something could happen would never make such a comment.
      Be careful what you wish for others. You could get a surprise that it will fall right back on you and soon enough.
      You stated you reside in California. The big one – earthquake is predicted. This could happen anytime. Prior to that, other disasters could take place.
      A few years ago, I had a dream of seeing a deep crater and water flowing nearby. In the dream some of us had to pass behind a house to go to work. We could not use the normal route.
      When I awoke I was told that there was an earthquake in California. I reflected on the dream and was surprised to hear of it.
      For an adult, you should always wish others the best; not harm.

  17. too late
    April 23, 2015

    danny dont be afarid boy team dominica is powerful. did u hear lennox linton present aT THE PRIVY. no wonder skeritt them was afraid to debate

  18. The Facts
    April 23, 2015

    I cannot believe that the DPP would say the matter is devoid of merit and prior to the case being heard. It is also shocking. Is she serious? What is in her head? A politician incites hatred and in public and you stated that this case is devoid of merit? Which Party do you support? You represent the people, whether they are politicians or not. You should not be bias nor practice preferential treatment.
    Those who do not possess your credentials and qualifications know better. Dominica has some incompetent officials representing them. It appears that you deserve to be demoted and/or dismissed.

    • fantastic4
      April 24, 2015

      THE FATCS – I need to humble ask ; Is it the first time that a DPP has stated that a state case is without merit? If I remember many a DPP in the pass and in the recent at that stated similarly – a former DPP for example and others did so . were they political? are you then being political because of who is involved? food for thought.

  19. The Facts
    April 23, 2015

    Lugay, those words are lowly and dangerous, implying that you would murder and using the excuse, if you were not a Christian. God took note of your hateful words, imbedded in your mind which came from your heart.
    You looked Alick straight in the face and he said nothing. What was on your mind when you looked him straight in the face? I deduce that it was hatred which is why you made those inappropriate words. A political contender should never have as much as considered making such remarks and in front of supporters. Your words were documented.
    Too late. Sorry does not change a thing. They are merely words. They cannot be retracted for they were the spoken words which come not back.
    I was surprised that you were not asked to vacate from the political arena. Your words convicted and condemned you. What is as bad, D/cans in that riding voted for you. It is unbelievable! You did not deserve to be elected, to represent the people and to sit in Parliament.

  20. Titiwi
    April 23, 2015

    They want a conviction by all means so they can declare the seat vacant and steal it back again for themselves. That is what this is about, trust me.

    • Kid On The Block
      April 24, 2015

      Did you take time to read the article?

  21. Doc. Love
    April 23, 2015

    Inciting murder, when the statement as regards the destruction by drones was made, they must have been talking about animals. They will try to voleur the Goodwill Constituency seat like they did during the last general election, pa la. The business man will stay in retirement, Mr. Lugay aint going no where. :mrgreen:

    • Just Me
      April 24, 2015

      I would shake your big toe!!!!

    • Kid On The Block
      April 24, 2015

      All you so like to go to Court why didn’t YOU ALL take the matter to the court?

  22. Shaka zulu
    April 23, 2015

    Yes lord. The DPP says the case does not have merit, yet the government insist on wasting tax payers money to bring in someone from outside. Skeritt knew who cause damage of equipment in MARIGOT, he knew of racketeering with passport, senior citizen home got burnt yet no investigation. These folks begging for a riot/revolution.

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