Only two successful murder trials as criminal assizes wraps up

Only two murder trials were successfully completed during the High Court Criminal Assizes which came to an end on Monday.

Justice Bernie Stevenson-Brookes in making that observation, noted that there were two aborted trials, while a number of other matters were “traversed” to the next Assizes (the May Assizes) “through no fault of the court”.

Murder and other major criminal cases will next be heard from May 8 2012.

During Monday’s wrap up of the January assizes the court was given a report by Acting Superintendent of prison Denis Blanc.

He disclosed that there were currently 258 inmates at the Dominica Stockfarm prison.

Blanc indicated that a total of 12 juveniles were housed in a separate cell at the prison.

The court then made a plea for the establishment of a Juvenile Detention Centre for juveniles who commit offences.

And Director of Public Prosecutions Gene Pestaina advised that the prison should source some farm lands to allow prisoners to be given the opportunity to learn farming, in a bid to facilitate the prison being able to supply itself with agricultural produce.

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5 Comments

  1. hmmm
    April 2, 2012

    If it’s not the court’s fault, whose fault is it?

  2. April 2, 2012

    NOT ONLY AGRICULTURE SHOULD BE DONE BY THE PRISONERS. THE MINORS THAT ARE THERE SHOULD NORMALLY HAVE EXTRA CLASSES OR LESSONS BECAUSE THE MUST BE ABLE TO CONTINUE A NORMAL LIFE AFTER THEIR PRISON SENTENCE ;ADULTS ALSO SHOULD BE ABLE TO LEARN NEW SKILLS .THEY ARE NOT IN PRISON FOR LIFE IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT THEY PREPARE THEMSELVES AFTER THEIR STAY IN THE PRISON; BECAUSE BEING IDLE IS NOT PROFITABLE FOR ANY ONE WHEN THEY WILL BE OUT. THE PRISON SENTENCE MIGHT ONLY AGGRAVATE THEIR THUG ATTITUDE OR WHAT EVER CRIME THE HAVE COMMITTED AND THEY WILL SOON BE BACK IN PRISON.

  3. law
    April 2, 2012

    That’s not good enough for the criminals.I,m ready for my tax dollars to feed criminals .its a good thing.we hve to fine and confined criminals.

  4. law
    April 2, 2012

    Politicians its time to stop the unlawful act in ur justice system.politicians using the court system as a form of revenues, and no justice serve.we need a bigger prison so we can hve every criminal do there full sentence.enough of making money on the poor people,yet still they can,t get justice.7 years imprisonment for murder in Dominica.we really need a bigger prison soon.people don’t get satisfaction for sending someone to prison for 7 years for merder.what for murder.Dominican,s need to look at this government very carefully.they are very corrupt.I vote for them,but they are not doing a good job.I’m not voting for this injustice administration no more.

  5. law
    April 2, 2012

    Biggest

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