Man set ablaze dies

The man died on Sunday
The man died on Sunday

A man who was set afire in early February has died at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

Sources told DNO that medical staff noticed the man was unresponsive in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Upon investigation it was noticed he was dead.

On February 10 flammable liquid was poured on the man, who was said to be homeless, as he slept on a mattress in a derelict building near the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Pottersville.

It is alleged that the incident involved a $30 drug deal that went sour. It took place in full view of several eyewitnesses.

Since the incident the man has been at the hospital suffering from severe burns.

The scene where the incident reportedly took place
The scene where the incident reportedly took place

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64 Comments

  1. Concern
    March 24, 2015

    Is there any Human right implemented on the island, this gentlemen seems to suffer in vain, while the perpetrators of this crime continues to live their normal life, we need action taken immediately

  2. hisan
    March 23, 2015

    Thanks for the update DNO. To the family accept my sympathy. Is there no longer dignity in death? …..nor ethics? How did you end up with this photo DNO. I refuse to believe it was submitted by a health worker……after all one would like to think that there is still ethics in the health setting and protection of patients privacy…dead or alive. Homeless or not, addict or not.

  3. Looking in
    March 23, 2015

    Others are writing all sorts of crap and you all are posting it. If my statement has a problem, you all have my email address, send and tell me what it is. All I ask is,,,,does “the man” have an identity?

  4. Looking in
    March 23, 2015

    DNO Is there something wrong with my statement? All I ask is,,,,,does “the man” have a name or is he just a statistic? chuuupes. Attempt number three

  5. bigger
    March 23, 2015

    wHO KNOWS COULD BE ANOTHER pARO THAT DID THIS

  6. Dominican
    March 23, 2015

    TO Mr. Grell and all others who speak curses on this country and wish that judgement like greater earthquakes that hit Haiti be upon us, I truly hope that you have no relative in Dominica if it were to come to pass. Life and death is in the power of the town people. You cannot blame a whole country or a government because wicked person did this crime to another human being for just $30.00.
    I ask God to forgive all of you, and I rebuke that statement in Jesus Name and i send it back to the pit of hell from where it came from.
    When you guys do this, can you truly convince me that you love your country so much???????… Im wondering…….Stop blaming the wrong person or persons for the wrong reason…. come on lets be reasonable people. I have children and relatives in this land and i certainly dont want any disaster on this lovely island because some idiots dont know how to conduct themselves.Pray for your people that it prospers people.. stop cursing the land. No wonder these…

  7. Marguerite
    March 23, 2015

    So was an arrest made? May his soul rest in peace.

  8. grell
    March 23, 2015

    Lawless and corrupt state= crime murder and rape,you all have a pm that does not not condem these acts against humanity.Dominica has a price to pay and its coming,this one will be worst than the Haiti earthquake,too much pain and cries.May this man soul rest in peace.

    • JOHNNY
      March 23, 2015

      Now you going to make others think that you are a Grell, with all that crap!

    • show time
      March 23, 2015

      One thing all you have (it) for the P.M every dam time it rain is he dat cause it,all you will run your f****n mouth from january to december for the next five years :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  9. March 23, 2015

    NO respect to the value of a human life …does a man worth a few dollars,,,the person who did it should be severle punished and the witness also should be punish as none of them tried to protect this man ,,,what a gruesome way to die ,,i cannot imagin how this man suffered ,,,but he is delivered now ,remember what shall a man profit to gain the world and loose his soul ,what goes around comes around ,the culprit should be hanged if possible of spend the rest of his life in prison…i am sure he will dream of this man burning in pain ,,,no God has delivered the man ,,now he is in peace with God,,the criminal who did this will answer before the most hign one day….

  10. Dominican
    March 23, 2015

    LISTEN we need to set an example with this case. Im calling on the COP and DPP to investigate and prosecute the perpetrator of this crime. Make a public example. Parros and vagrants are too frequently abused.

  11. Ex Da Law ms
    March 23, 2015

    That’s what happens when you a lawless state.So Sad.Whoever did that, their fate is going to be worse.Have we lost our humanity for the less fortunate in society.If there are eyewitnesses and no one came forward,they are just as guilty as this animal who did it.After all, that’s someone’s family.God loved him.R.I.P. brother.

  12. Dominic
    March 23, 2015

    mr carbon u are d heard of d police foce doh let that one go down the drain please

  13. March 23, 2015

    If the info that it was a $30.00 drug deal, then there should be someone,in custody by now.

  14. Francisco Telemaque
    March 23, 2015

    Whereas he died as a as a result of the crime, it has now become a matter of murder; if the perpetrators of this crime is not yet apprehended, every effort must be made to capture and arrest the perpetrators, and bring them to answer for this heinous heartless crime.

    Our people has become cold-blooded over the years; they are quick to kill; right at this moment in one chapter in a book I am writing about an experience I had in Wesley the last time I visited, only to hear someone I’ve known from the time I was a child swear, “I have a great mind to go home, and “kill she ass,” (her mother that is) if her mother who was then in her 90’s did not stop bothering her!

    I remind Dominicans; while people such as Donald Peters, Skerrit, and the rests of his clones believe that because someone writes a calypso about their corruption that will cause tourist not to visit: that is a picnic to setting a human on fire, I am Dominican born, such evil prevents me from returning.

    • JOHNNY
      March 23, 2015

      But my issue is this: he arrives at the hospital alive and was kept alive for six weeks. The worst should have been over. Was the immediate response great and the after-care not so great? In some hospitals around the world once you arrive alive and survive for a few days you are expected to recover fully. Will PMH ever get there?

      • Francisco Telemaque
        March 25, 2015

        Johnny I will not get involved into it from a medical, and scientific way of treating burn victims: the way the victim is treated is based on how severe the person is burnt; that is why one has to classify the burns as ” first, second or third degree burns.”

        Lots of complications can developed based on the severity of the burns, sometimes burnt tissues must be removed surgically in order to prevent infections. I might have to do more than one submissions in order for this to make sense. Nevertheless, as far as treatment goes: a major burn presents problems of respiratory impairment, disruption of fluid, and electrolyte balance, disturbances of tissue perfusion and homeostasis, and the potential for infection, delayed healing, and unnecessary scaring, any of the mentioned could have cause his death.

        You will understand it a little better in this paragraph: treatment of minor burns of a small first degree burn; the reddened area is immersed in clean cold water or ice cubs are…

      • Francisco Telemaque
        March 25, 2015

        This is the second part of my comments:

        clean cold water or ice cubs are applied. This relieves the pain. Even first degree burns are extremely serious if they involved a large area. The patient should receive prompt medical attention; death may result if a first-degree burn covers as much as two thirds of the body area.

        So, the question now is; what percentage of the man’s body was burnt? Just because he survived for a short, or long period of time in the hospital does not mean he was out of danger. I do not believe our staff and hospitals are properly equip to treat such injuries. Here in Los Angeles, we have burn unites which deals with not burns from fire only, nonetheless, chemicals, and other burns.

        Such patients are supposed to be medically guarded, because they are never out of danger until the healing process appears satisfactory.

  15. Watching
    March 22, 2015

    It is not the first time that an innocent individual has been set on fire and left to burn to death in Dominica.
    Can Dominicans remember the young boy that was set on fire and survived but lost both his legs? Them people
    are wicked and cruel and has no love and respect for one another in DA.

  16. Anthony Ismael
    March 22, 2015

    I want the culprit hanged!!!
    it Is time to set an example!!

  17. roseau
    March 22, 2015

    Well well we are all saying this and that but we all no on one will be arrested no one will face jail time all we do in DA is talk and no actions. What a painfull way to die RIP…. so it is …….

  18. March 22, 2015

    Weh Weh Weh this just shows the kind of society we have evolved into. A crime occurred where there were eyewitnesses and no one has come forward yet. Plp are turning a blind eye to such a vicious crime? I really hope not. Whether the victim was a vagrant, he is a human being. We were a nation where everybody was each other keeper a heartless nation doesn’t correspond well with ‘ nature isle of the Caribbean’

    • Upsetting
      March 23, 2015

      Crime Stopper People say something. Make a statement. Encourage persons publicly to say something regarding this SAD, DESPICABLE act.

  19. out of south city
    March 22, 2015

    It seems like some of us have taken life for granted and treat life as meaningless regardless of one’s background. Whether rich, less fortunate, poor or what have you, all life is important. There are many cruel and heartless people in any society but we must remember that we are brothers and sisters of one race, that is, the African race. If regard each other in that aspect, we will respect, tolerate, comfort, help, encourage and elevate each other. We tend to look down on the homeless but we must remember that they are great-grand fathers, grandfathers, fathers, brothers, sons, nephews, uncles or cousins. They are human beings just like us.
    We need to stop behaving like savages towards each other and learn to love and appreciate each other.
    We tend to treat other races with more respect and dignity than our own kind. That also is another story all together.
    I trust that this savagery will come to a stop and that peace, love and concern for one another will be restored.

    ONE…

    • Me
      March 23, 2015

      There is only one race brother, the HUMAN race, nobody is different. Treat all the same, as HUMANS.

      • out of south city
        March 24, 2015

        How we wished this were so but it is not in real life. Black people are the only ones who think that everyone is human. Go back into history and find out for yourself brother, the atrocities that were waged on the Africans. We are the only ones who want to forget our history. It is very sad that we consider all people to be the same That is not so.

  20. concerned
    March 22, 2015

    Somebody please tell me this is not Mervin. That green house next to the adventist church is his and he still kept on living there after his ordeal, please tell me this is not Mervin from Rough and REady band who fell by the wayside that this was done to. And why hadn’t the police done anything about this. What of the investigation

  21. Blanco
    March 22, 2015

    This story is touching. The blood of this man is on somebody’s hands and that person really need to pay for what was done to the man, paro or not, he is a human being. I hope justice is serve and not deny.
    RIP, my brethren.

  22. Thor
    March 22, 2015

    For you people who are sympathetic to drug dealers and importers, this is a consequence of the drug trade. Now tell me you feel sorry when s drip pusher dies conducting his activity.

    • Ex Da Law ms
      March 23, 2015

      Could not say it better.I hope more die that way so society does not have to deal with these drug dealers/criminals.Thats the reason the police should not let these criminals survive when confronted.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        March 23, 2015

        Stupid sentiments such as yours and the individual above your comments is what I am talking about when I classify our people as cold-blooded. I do not use illegal drugs of any kind; never have; and never will: so I guess I will never know what quantity of drugs be it marijuana, or crack cocaine, LSD Hashish,or any other thirty ($30.00) dollars can buy.

        Nevertheless, if you believe it is worth killing someone by setting them on fire, then you are no less a murderer, as the drug dealers who set that poor soul on fire. The officials who allows the drug dealers to import crack and marijuana into the country are also responsible for the man’s murder.

        There are larger fish in Dominica who should be fried: some might well be involved in law enforcement, turning a blind eye to the importation of illegal drugs into the country, they are the ones the police should isolate, and eliminate; not the man who’s system they poisoned by getting him hooked on drugs!

    • out of south city
      March 23, 2015

      It’s not a matter of being sympathetic to drug dealers. What matters is how this man died. Again he was homeless. There have been people who were once “educated” and became drug dealers right here in Dominica. There are people who are influenced by others and believe that this is a way of making quick money but it is their lives and that of their loved-ones that they put in jeopardy. I remember this brother that Felix Henderson interviewed and he is an educated man with smart children. His wife was also interviewed and she said that she never gave up on him even though people were telling her to leave him. He almost lost his life but she stayed stedfast and today, he’s encouraging others to live a clean life.
      What matters is the human being. It does not matter what home one comes from; we should never give up on people who have made mistakes in life. We all have made mistakes in life. We cannot glory and think that our lives are better than others because we never know what the…

  23. Dominic
    March 22, 2015

    d same drug man put him homeless that drug man that do that he should spend his rest of his life in jail

  24. The Facts
    March 22, 2015

    Sorry to know he passed on. We hear/read the News and then there is a lull, sometimes not an update. I suppose the hospital does not have the type of medical treatment which could have prolonged his life. He survived that long. I am wondering if he could have survived longer had he received the necessary treatment which could have eventually cured him. The poor man. How he suffered.
    PMH medical professionals, this is not a reflection on you. There is no doubt you did your utmost, what was within your means, for him .
    My sympathy goes out to his family. God in his compassion and mercy is comforting you and strengthening you as you mourn his loss. How you, too, mentally suffered along with him as you note what occurred to him and his condition during his hospitalization. There is no doubt in my mind, he is at peace. Take heart. God is Love.
    Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul rest in peace. Amen!

  25. hey hey
    March 22, 2015

    $30 drug deal? seriously? just for a $30? ebeh well things worst off than i previously thought.

  26. The Facts
    March 22, 2015

    Whoever set him ablaze which is an atrocity committed against a fellow-D/can, a brother, has his blood and death on his/their hands. If you do not confess it, do not make penance, sacrifice and restitution with a humble and contrite heart to appease God, I feel sorry for you as you continue to live and when you die.
    People hurt others, be it verbally, casting derogatory and insulting remarks and do not give it a thought that those who spew evil will receive it two-fold.
    Some of us will not think of harming anyone physically or verbally. Sad to state, there are too many who do. They outnumber the good ones.
    God inspires. It is not a boring topic or boring comment. It is the truth. We are obligated to inform people of their frailties and that there is a price to be paid for harming people in whatever manner. The price and penalty will depend on the extent of the harm done. This is left up to God, our just God.

    • The voice of god?
      March 22, 2015

      “Whoever set him ablaze which is an atrocity committed against a fellow-D/can, a brother, has his blood and death on his/their hands.” These are the words of The Fact.

      @ The Facts, I have never supported you before and Never gave you a thumbs up, because to me, you are just to FOOL of it. However, I will support you this time, though I was taught that a half truth is still a wrong. @ The Facts, will you agree that Mr. and Mrs. GON Emmanuel almost had the same exact thing happen to them while they were on their bed on Christmas of 2010? Do you feel the same way about the person, persons or fellow team mates, that committed / supported or encouraged such atrocity against an elderly couple?

      • The Facts
        March 23, 2015

        Let me inform you. If you are smart, you will know that most people’s views will defer. You have your views. I have mine. the problem with some of you, you do not appreciate the comments of those who support another Party. You can speak on behalf of the one whom you support and others who support another one, you call them foolish. Who is really foolish? You of course!
        I am no foolish person. I have more sense than you. When I comment, it is not for you only – to read. I can state that you write a lot of foolishness and also repeat yourself as a broken record. Your comments are not of love but of hatred. You are the foolish one.
        I do not need your compliment. Yours is one I can do without for it is no compliment. You are very good at insulting others. God will take care of you in time.
        You are no voice of God. Keep God out of your insulting words. You are blaspheming him.. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  27. March 22, 2015

    Why are we treating our people that way

  28. anonymous2
    March 22, 2015

    Too many nasty, wicked people in Dominica.

    • The voice of god?
      March 22, 2015

      @ Anonymous2, Some of these same nasty people did the very same thing to Mr and Mrs GON Emmanuel on Christmas of 2010 and up to this day no one has been seriously charged.

    • Tiffany
      March 24, 2015

      I wanted to come and see dominica since my boyfriend from there but I am scared reading this abs other stories about murder

  29. mine
    March 22, 2015

    Whoever is reponsible of this man’s death is a monster, in human, will rot in hell and his blood is all over his hands. Shame ! Shame! shame on you.

    • GO To Hell!!!
      March 22, 2015

      @ Mine I agree with you 100%! I hope the person that committed this atrocious act meets in Hell with those persons that attempted to kill GON Emanuel and his wife on Christmas 2010, and have a fight there.

  30. Fitzgerald Charles
    March 22, 2015

    I hope a thorough investigation will be done and the perpetrators are brought to justice. RIP sir. It’s sad that humans can treat other humans that way.

  31. Dominican
    March 22, 2015

    The responsible party who set the man ablaze needs to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Such crimes need to be handled swiftly in DA in order to send a message that DA is a country of laws and human life is respected.

  32. The Evangelist
    March 22, 2015

    My God! My God! My God! Seems like a poopoo fly has died. What has become of our nation? Where is our government? Where is the church? The young man was set a blaze on his matress for $30.00, on February 10. He was since hospitalized and a month and 2 weeks later, the fly died. Has there been an investigation? Has anyone been arrested or questioned? Was he not a human being that Jesus Christ saw it fit enough to die for him whether he is paro or not? Friends, people were fired for crab back incident and yet, a man was brutally set on fire and died in state hospital a month later, and no one cares? Where is Doinica heading to? I will allow those pastors to answer

    • Cherish
      March 22, 2015

      The pastors do not hold nor have the answers. Pastors alone do not make up The Church. That said, I figure the one responsible for his death will be arrested because the matter will no longer be considered wounding with intent because the victim has died. Now it is probably considered a murder case. I would want to believe that someone was arrested since the story says the crime was committed in full view of others.

  33. oposition
    March 22, 2015

    may his soul rest in peace..he had a trouble life anyway

    • Ex Da Law ms
      March 23, 2015

      And your point?Would you say that,if it was your family?Regardless to how he lived,God still choose to give him life and there was a reason for that.

  34. Thor
    March 22, 2015

    DNO can you tell us if anyone was arrested for that?

    Give us a more complete picture please.

  35. Dominica at large
    March 22, 2015

    This is unacceptable in this time and age,human beings are being treated like animals,it is horrific to do this to an animal far more for a human being, this world is going from here, Prayer olease.

    • Tjebe fort
      March 22, 2015

      No, not animals! You wouldn’t treat an animal that way. This is callous disregard for human life and I’m sure somebody thinks they did us a service by doing that, getting rid of what they consider vermin. he tourism people always boasting that Dominican people are nice and friendly but underneath is a dark streak of viciousness coming straight from satan. So weary of our own people and that is very, very sad.

  36. coyote
    March 22, 2015

    what kind of society have we become.

  37. $'6'6'6
    March 22, 2015

    Can any body tell me why was he set ablaze and what is the law doing for a doty action like this..

  38. Jah Angel
    March 22, 2015

    :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

    ahhh ahh ahhh…..

    Why would someone do this to a homeless/poor? do you not carry a heart ? dont you have a mother or father? weh is the brotherly love? what is dca coming too?

    REST IN PEACE —- GOD is with you…..what ever you did with your life thats on you….however only GOD can judge you….sorry it ended this way….

  39. justice
    March 22, 2015

    I hope the person who did this is arrested and charged for murder. I also hope that hes tied to a tree and set ablaze on the bay front. Rip sir, don’t know you but am mad and sad

    • winston warrington
      March 23, 2015

      Same difference. Your vengeance is just as evil, and you are bold enough to expose it.

  40. joe
    March 22, 2015

    clauds wykes …………..?

  41. cb dominican
    March 22, 2015

    Ok sine then no name and no arrest yet come on thats a human being have some kind of compassion for the man somebody have to pay cause there were witnesses and one must come foward my sympathy to his family rip

    • The Facts
      March 22, 2015

      For $30 the man was set ablaze. What satisfaction did the perpetrator(s) derive by inflicting such pain and suffering on a fellow man? This is the height of heartlessness and wickedness. How many people have assisted others with much more money and would never consider doing something as that.
      Those who witnessed it and merely looked on without immediately telephoning the paramedics and the police are also guilty of what occurred to him and of his death.
      We are each others’ keepers. Someone could easily have alerted them. Rest assured, if they had, the perpetrator(s) would have been caught.
      What happened to him is extremely sad. No good person would wish this on another. Imagine the suffering he endured after he was set ablaze.
      I would think that his family prayed for him, hoping he would get better. It looks as if his heart gave way. Anyway, he is out of this suffering. I think he suffered enough and paid a price for his frailties while at the hospital. R.I.P.

  42. Neutral
    March 22, 2015

    So sorry to hear about this incident. Right now the person who did this should be re- arrested and charge for 1st degree MURDER. So so ashame to believe a human-being would inflict such harm to one.
    RIP

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