Seven murder cases heard during May Criminal Assizes

The May Criminal Assizes heard seven murders cases, the most in one seating according to Justice Birnie Stephenson Brooke.

The assizes, which began on May 8, came to an end on Friday and was described by Justice Brookes as “unusual” but a “fairly successful one.”

According to her, seven murder cases were heard during the assizes and this was the first time this has happened in one seating.

Of the seven murder cases heard, four were completed and three were traversed to the September assizes.

Justice Brookes described the case of Sherman Webb and David St. Jean as unique since one explored the death of a foreigner through a satanic ritual while the other dealt with the trial of a homophobic.

She explained that the illness of attorney Zena Dyer, who is considered as the “queen of the criminal bar,” caused several matters to be traversed to the September assizes. She added that adjournments were granted despite the court’s attempt to control it.

She thanked the jurors for their patience and participation in the assizes and reminded them of the funny, sad, and scary moments during the proceedings.

Justice Brookes commended the court staff, media and police officers for their participation in the assizes.

In total eight matters were traversed to the September 2012 Criminal Assizes and four were discontinued.

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  1. Inspectin d ole Mill
    July 30, 2012

    Is poor malaway criminals alone all you can talk about: Why dont you all compare those crimes against the crimes of scare it. We all should respect the constitution.

  2. Busy
    July 29, 2012

    there should also be seven hangings :twisted:

  3. Justice and Truth
    July 28, 2012

    My view is that there were too many murders in Dominica. One is too much. There should be none.
    It is shocking and saddens me that some people have resorted to murder and deprived others of their right-to-life. There is no reason and excuse for killing another.
    Life is precious and should be preserved at all costs from conception to natural death.
    I visualize how difficult it is for the judge, magistrates, those who testify and of course, most of all the victims’ family to have to listen to the gruesome proceedings as they continue to mourn the loss of their loved ones.
    The family of those who committed murders also suffer for their loved ones will be imprisoned for some years. Some, for the duration of their life. Is it really worth it murdering or even injuring others? By no means for as Our Almighty has commanded, “Thou shalt not (injure) kill” and “You shall love God and love one another with all your heart and soul.”
    Those who kill will also meet God for their eternal judgment. Consider what may be their punishment forever.
    I pray that there will be no more murders in DA and ask God to put a hand. We do pray, if it is His Will. In this case, it is His Most Holy Will that no one murders a brother or a sister in Jesus Christ.
    God bless Dominica and its nationals. May He convert all perpetrators. God’s Love and Peace.

  4. LOLZ
    July 28, 2012

    May assizes comes to an end just in time to prep for Sept assizes. SMH. As a people we should be doing better than that. Why do we have so much crime and hatred for one another?

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