Teacher posts over half a million dollars in bail for Grand Bay man

A Grand Bay man, arrested on January 16 for allegedly carrying over 1,000 pounds of cannabis, was granted bail in the sum of $510,000 by Chief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste this morning.

Leon Casimir was charged with possession of cannabis and possession with intent to supply. Evan James, a senior teacher at the Pierre Charles Secondary School, was Casimir’s surety.

Upon granting bail, Magistrate Baptiste asked James whether he still wanted to stand bail for Casimir having understood the significant quantity of cannabis he was allegedly confiscated with; however, James was not deterred.

Casimir’s bail conditions are that he reports to the Grand Bay Police Station every Friday, Sunday and Monday between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and he is required to inform the police of any change of his address. Given the fact that Casimir’s travel passport expired since 1999 and he never applied for a new one, Baptiste also ordered that he surrender his passport if he should be issued a new one during his bail period.

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39 Comments

  1. Family
    May 15, 2018

    He is definitely worth it and if you knew him, you would know why…And if you knew him, you would do the same. This is a man who sacrificed his life to save another. It was a sacrifice, because if he had chosen to make easier/ less than honorable decisions, his life would have been drastically different. So, as a result, from someone who is grateful (and with much love) to the the protector, I see you.

  2. tamealia
    May 2, 2012

    I’m like 2 years late,but all I have to say is stop judging leon. He is a very sweet person.If he had family and true friends to guide him none of this would of been going on so please don’t judge him for. Doing that to survive is not like he killed a person. I know leon for years..

  3. SE WEPOSE KI METE
    January 9, 2012

    LET JAH WEED BURN

  4. Jal
    January 27, 2010

    This is insane…..LEGALIZE MARIJUANA…….The call is out to LEGALIZE MARIJUANA…..Cut the crap now!

    Too much of a charge for weed, THIS THING IS OUT OF CONTROL. and Murderers go free in Dominica?. Cut the crap now!

  5. GODS CHILD
    January 26, 2010

    judgement is for the lord…… anyway no sin is biger than another . there is no law stating that people with government jobs should not stand bail for someone who is arreasted. the first role mordel our children should have is parents. now we all wants our children to be good, but some where down the road in life they fall on the way side. we should not turn our backs on them. this could have been your son, brother, father and every other thing a man can be. what we need to do is pray to God that our own family would stay out of things like that and if it do happen to them some will be there to help you get bail for them… keep this in mind every teacher has hss own prsonnal business. we as parents has our own personal business to, that we might not want our children to know obout. what we need to do is learn from our mistakes and others own aswell in order to fix up our selfs.

  6. Jane
    January 25, 2010

    EVERY ONE IS BITCHING ABOUT WHO POST BAIL AND WHY BUT NO ONE IS EXTENDING A HELPING HAND OR SOME GOOD ADVISE TO THE YOUNG MAN. EVERY ONE NEEDS HELP AT SOME POINT OR ANOTHER SO INSTEAD OF BRINGING DOWN THAT TEACHER FOR BAILING OUT THAT YOUNG MAN WHY DON’T YOU TAKE A HARD LOOK AT YOUR LIFE. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU DID SOMETHING TO HELP SOMEONE OTHER THAN YOURSELF? I DON’T AGREE WITH THE TEACHER BAILING OUT THAT YOUNG MAN BUT IT’S HIS MONEY AND IT’S HIS RIGHT. DO NOT BRING DOWN EACH OTHER PEOPLE! PRAY FOR EACH OTHER AND HELP EACH OTHER. WE ARE ALL WE HAVE SO LET’S START ACTING CIVILIZED AND RESPECT EACH OTHER. IT IS NOT RIGHT WHAT THAT YOUNG MAN DID BUT INSTEAD OF LOCKING THE DOOR AND THROWING AWAY THE KEY LET’S TRY TO HELP THAT YOUNG MAN BECOME A PRODUCTIVE MAN IN OUR SOCIETY. HE’S SOMEONE’S SON, SOMEONE’S BROTHER, SOMEONE’S COUSIN AND …IT HE’S ONE OF GOD’S CREATION JUST LIKE US. NONE OF US IS PERFECT. LET’S REMEMBER THAT THE NEXT TIME WE WANT TO PUT DOWN ANOTHER BROTHER OR SISTER.

  7. en ba la
    January 25, 2010

    @sad ur name says it. The south is the only area where people bail people right? Wait till you are on the other side of the fence you will tell what you see.

  8. Attitude
    January 25, 2010

    Agreeing to stand bail for someone whether they are fingerd in drugs, murder, theft or whatever doesnt mean your inolvement and should not be looked down upon. The teacher is simply doing a civic duty. What bothers me though is the prevelence of all the ills in society, most of which our citizens accept as being normal. This include running of drugs, theft by women and me alike, and many other ills. We need to begin to set standards for our children to follow and only then will we begin to have a model society. The proliferation of drugs in our society and the high incidence of theft amongst our women and men are a great cause for concern. Heaven help us as Dominicans!

  9. Son
    January 24, 2010

    Everybody needs to quit talking on Evans back cuz trust me it takes someone with real heart to do something like that, n it didn’t have to be a drug situation i bet if it was any other thing he would have bailed the person out far less he is a kind person, so i’m more than sure that he would do something of that sought for someone he dont even know…. so get off evans back good job man. i back u 110% on that move hipocrites alone dominicans have quit it and examine your own selves

  10. Busy Woman
    January 24, 2010

    Allu domincans need to start minding what’s in allu own back yard and stop checking ur neighbors own.Cus as a young child growing I learnt u must never throw stones when you’re living in a glass house. Every body needs somebody. I hope when you’ll fall in you’ll own problem u won’t call on any government workers. Mr James had his reason he has children and they might need somebody help in life. The man is a grown man so allu bias Dominicans need to stop minding him.

  11. Mrs. Gravity
    January 23, 2010

    Wht hell role models are you people trying to talk about? You Dominicans are just a bunch of hypocrites. You sit with friends in the midst of your children and talk about teachers’ personal lives and everything that has nothing to do with neither you nor your child. The next day, the children come to class and hit the teachers with your conversation while he or she is teaching. So stop thi role model business. Children come to school with weed in their bags, smoke in the basements and behind the school. Is that taught in the classroom? The children having sex in the school garden and the basement as well..Is that being taught to them in the classroom?
    If you were a minister of government and your son, daughter, close family ended up in some crap like this and you were the only one with assets, wouldnt you post bail? Dominicans stop being hypocrites.

  12. Candid
    January 23, 2010

    Well look how people making noise because the man bail somebody, but what about the murderer the woman drop the charges against??? Good citizenship comes in many forms! All you too bias!!! Is the man business, not all u own!!!

  13. PURGE
    January 22, 2010

    The teaching service needs to be purged urgently ,and the sooner it’s done the better it will be to our kids in particular, who are in search of role models!

  14. sad
    January 22, 2010

    No wonder the south are lacking in the area of role models.SHAME! SHAME! SHAME! But i am not surprised.

  15. January 22, 2010

    be it a teacher police doctor or nurse. we all are human beings. whatever the man did he did it for a reason. who knows. this maybe the person to save his life tomorrow. if it was a member of ur family who needed the bail, would u not help him. shame on we dominicans. we a;ways want to see our pple in the gutter n not on the road with us. while the police penalizing the poor man out there they are the ones who hold most of the drugs to sell.

    but one day the rat will be caught. mark my words.all those cruke policemen in the force. that’s wat we have to look into. i’m not disappointed in the teacher at all because if it was a member of my family i would go to someone with status to help ,me because they are the one with assets. all of those who are condemnin what the teacher did i hope tomorrow u wont run to police nurse or doctor to help. what about them pple who bail the rapist n murderers? isn’t that worse than bailing a man whose tryin to make a dollar to buy a bread to survive. anyways god is in control

  16. just a thought
    January 22, 2010

    half a million in bail hmmmmm isn’t that a down payment of 10% of the actual amount…. $50,000

  17. neto
    January 22, 2010

    These people like to mind people business too much. Being a teacher have nothing to do with how one to spend his money. Some of these parents think they can tell us what they want because we are teachers and come to look at it, they are worse than us. Its our money and how we earn it and spend it have nothing to do with them. some of these people would come to u for more than that if it was their child. We all have to do what we have to do.

  18. January 22, 2010

    I am really dssappointed at this teacher, is that the people who are supposed to be making a difference in the lives of our children. Is a role model for our children? When we entrust our childred to these people are they doing more harm than good? Does he have anyinterest in it? THe society looks up the those so called teachers to lead as examples but they are surely deceiving us. Shame on you teacher think again.

  19. D/A PPL
    January 22, 2010

    so wat allu mean the man cannot bail someone mr james u
    A TEACHER IS HUMAN BEING TO I DONT SEE WIT ALLU PPPL SO THE MAN HAVE LOVE ONES AND FAMILY AND FRIENDS SO HE CAN STAND BAIL HE DONT NEED TO BE INVOLVED IN THE ACT

  20. qstorm78
    January 22, 2010

    1000 LBS?? Damn that’s a lot of weed.. LOL!!!

  21. dorcas minot
    January 22, 2010

    I am so dissappointed in that teacher, is that the type of example he is setting. He is definitely not a role model for the children in his care, what is he teaching. Is he a senior teacher? Does he have any children? How would he feel if someone introduces drugs to his children? Does he have any benefitin it? Is he a church going person? Smell a rat. These are the persons who shud set the example in the society and he stoops so low, shame on you teacher, think again.

  22. Tut-Tut
    January 22, 2010

    Teachers in Dominica don’t make money, the man used assets ie land/house. Ultimately PARENTS are RESPONSIBLE for their children up bringing, since when do Dominican children emulate or respect TEACHERS.

    How all you so sure he has no blood ties or other strong ties to the boy, other than having some FISHY connection to what he did? All he did was stand surety for him.The real drug dealers are in all you government offices and roaming the streets, in our churches, serving on statutory boards, playing bofa etc why not tackle them. It’s not as if we all don’t know who they are, so why can’t the courts and law enforcements bring them to justice, that will be the biggest deterrent to the little man who is trying to come up fast too, because he envies what the drug lords have.

  23. impératrice D
    January 22, 2010

    I just don’t get why is the government worrying about marijuana. Its been around forever and has never been a problem. The police should worry about the Spanish bringing in heavy drugs that are more dangerous.

  24. Not Surprised
    January 22, 2010

    That article makes no sense to me! So what if he is a teacher! Teacher’s don’t have friends or lovers too? Steuppssss. Those stupid comments are annoying me!

  25. ehbeh weh
    January 21, 2010

    Critique, what they need to do is make bail a CASH PAYMENT like they do in the states. You pay your long money in order for the person to go out on bail, not as a surety if the person doesn’t make their court date. …

  26. Anonymous
    January 21, 2010

    we are all related in grand bay so please stay out of our business. teacher or not we are a community and we do help each other no matter what the crime may be especially when one is trying to feed his family without hurting anyone. we will not support no on who rape, kill, neither will we support any robber man but when a man in our community is trying to keep food on his table by selling the holy sacrament we will not turn our back on him when he fall. if you were a teacher and your son or doughter commited a crime, no matter what the crime you would be there to help him out, so thats exactly how we do it in grand bay. please undertstand that we are a family. though we all do not have the same mother and father we are still a family. finally you need to forget the profession of the person who came to bail him out, instead you need to undertstand in grand bay we are all family.

  27. annie
    January 21, 2010

    Excellent example, Mr. James. Maybe you can add “selling cannabis and how to get my teacher to post bail” as one of your classes.

  28. yes i
    January 21, 2010

    I smell a rat. A BIG RAT! TIME WILL PROVE ME WRONG OR RIGHT.!

  29. maestro
    January 21, 2010

    We need to be careful the message we send to our kids. we need to remember that our kids are our future.

    i am diaappointed with this teacher.

    teachers have always been role-models for our kids. our kids want to dress like miss/sir.

    use the same hairstyles etc. Outside of the home, they are usually the first persons children choose to emulate.

    what is the message that this guy is sending our kids. …….

  30. Power to the People
    January 21, 2010

    “Birds of a feather flock together”. I am just sad at what is happening to Dominica youth. Today is Mexico and Columbia. Who’s next? We are too silent about these things until it hits home. Drugs is getting us insane while we keep talking about Bin Bobol. How many calypsonians deal with these serious issues?

  31. $uper$aver
    January 21, 2010

    to MADMAX…….WhAtEvEr!!!!???…

  32. well well well
    January 21, 2010

    i have to say nice or not this is suspicious
    these guys have more in commune order than being from the village
    behind god back

  33. lightbulb
    January 21, 2010

    1/2 Million??? WOW

  34. madmax
    January 21, 2010

    i know that teacher personally and he is a cool dude. he would do that for someone he do not know much less for some one from his village.

  35. $uper$aver
    January 21, 2010

    I wonder wats the relationship .. Dats a lot of money to put up for someone….AND DAY SAY DOMINICA TEACHERS DOSENT MAKE MONEY..WELL I GOING FOR A TEACHER JOB IN DOMINICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Respect
    January 21, 2010

    Wow – Interesting. What type of relationship is there between the teacher and the accused ?- Just asssssking.

  37. Young man in dominica
    January 21, 2010

    To Critique just wait till the tables turn and it hits home, then we will see if u share the same veiws.Times are hard people have to do what they have to do to eat i am not saying it is right but unless other arvenues are in place for the avreage man to eat bread then crime and drug will be on a constant rise

  38. January 21, 2010

    hmmmmm not ur brother nor family member hmmm i have to look in to that

  39. Critique
    January 21, 2010

    Wow! We still have some “warmhearted” ppl i see. He didn’t flinch, huh??! That’s interesting; I’d like to see if he’s caught on another occasion with more weed, what will the he say?? There’s just too many dealers in our society, & those who encourage it are those who stand bail!! I believe they need to increase the bail at times, let’s see what happens.

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