Giraudel – A village mourns

Robinson celebrating her 70th birthday

A pall of gloom hung over Giraudel on Sunday as residents tried to make sense of the brutal killing of 75-year-old Marvlyn Robinson in the early hours of Saturday morning.

While the rest of Dominica was celebrating the island’s 34th anniversary of Independence, news broke of the unfortunate incident which left the heart of many burdened with sadness.

When Dominica News Online visited the area on Sunday it was apparent that something had gone terribly wrong in the usually quiet community.

Uncertainty was etched in the faces of many residents, probably a sign that they were asking questions to which there were no answers.

The house where Robinson lived and where she met her demise was quiet. It is surrounded by a white and green wall, there is a well laden grapefruit tree in the yard and the flowers and landscaping are immaculate. A vehicle with a flag of Dominica  draped on it was the garage, as if waiting to be driven out.

The house where the incident took place

But a yellow police tape on the gate betrayed the fact that something of unspeakable horror had taken place in the house where the senior citizen lived alone.

According to official police reports, a response was made to the home at 2:30 on Saturday morning. “On arrival at the scene Robinson was found alive after sustaining multiple stab wounds to various parts of her body. She was transported to the Princess Margaret Hospital by the fire and ambulance services and shortly thereafter was pronounced dead,” Inspector Richmond Valentine of the Dominica Police Force said.

Inspector Valentine said one man has been taken into custody and is assisting in the investigation.

Neighbours and residents who rushed to the scene after the alarm was raised said the retired nurse was the one who actually alerted a friend that she was attacked. They said she was begging medics to keep her alive when she was taken in the ambulance.

“It was heartbreaking,” a neighbour who was on the scene told DNO.

Now everyone is asking the same question: why?

“I really don’t know what to say,” one resident told DNO. “It is sad. Very sad. This whole place is just in disbelief.”

“She was a nice lady, a gently person,”  another said while shaking his head. “Whoever did this, God must punish them.”

Robinson was also described as a “good but outspoken” person. “If she had to tell you something, she would tell you. She was very outspoken,” another resident said.

She was said to be very active in the community as a contributing member of the Giraudel Flower Growers Group, a cultural activist, a seamstress and a generous giver. “Nothing was too much for her to give when asked,” residents said.

Robinson was known to leave her vehicle at home and take the bus or go walking as a form of exercise.

“She will be missed, she will be missed,” the neighbour who was on the scene when Robinson was taken away in the ambulance kept repeating.

Judging by the mood encountered in Giraudel on Sunday, it will take a long time before that community comes to grips with this senseless crime.

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  1. valantina robinson
    November 15, 2012

    From Mrs Robinson’s daughter Valantina Robinson he better not be let out of jail cause if i come home and i see him walking around i will stone him to death for what he did my mom.She was a very loving mom and always kind,caring and a very respectful mother and friends to everybody she met.The people she met she changed their lives one way or another. MOM you will always be my role modal for now and forever. I LOVE U MOM R.I.P YOU WILL SURELY BE MISSED BY ALL :( :twisted: :-x

  2. hardstorm
    November 15, 2012

    my boy u mean to tell me u leaving right gutta an go up giraudel to take a life. MY GOD!!!!! if u went to steal just DO THAT!!!!! its so hard to know that innocent people have to go out and labour every day to live a somewhat comfortable life while others just sit around daily smoking weed preaching bad and terrorising those honest citizen. trust me if the death panalty is brought back, these ANIMALS will think twice. because where u see them dere they playing bad but they fraid death.

  3. Justice and Truth
    November 7, 2012

    I prepared this writing also for the people of Giraudel who have been shocked and saddened by this senseless, heinous crime against one, a loving person, Marvlyn Robinson who lived among them. Having known her, I have taken it to heart. Be consoled that God has taken note of what this devilish man did to her. In time, he will be severely punished.

    We cannot fathom with our limited mind how much the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ is offended and hurting when people are murdered and other crimes are committed against them. On the inevitable day, all will be truly revealed to us.
    First of all, my heartfelt sympathy to Marvlyn’s immediate grieving family. My heartfelt sympathy also goes out to the people of Giraudel and all others as her friends, those who had the opportunity of interacting with her and whom she was of help to during her lifetime, specifically in those past years when she resided in Giraudel.
    It has been stated that, when someone dies, the world loses. I attribute this to law-abiding people who were helpful to society, enhanced it including the lives of others and who did their utmost to make it a better, happier, loving and enjoyable place to live. This was obvious in the life of Marvyln Robinson, a friendly person, as those of you who specifically knew her in the past few years could vouch for including her godly virtues of helping others.
    I have deduced that after our beloved ones pass on, while thinking, sorrowfully and praying for them they do give us certain visions of them and their life even though we may not have seen them for sometime. In fact, God allows this.
    A few reasons Marvlyn returned to retire in Dominica are due to the love of her beloved country and love of nationals. Yes! For its peace, tranquility and safety. She chose to reside in Giraudel, no doubt, likewise for these reasons. She experienced this for the past years as she lived happily among you in the comfort of her home and surroundings.
    Fellow Dominicans, especially people of Giraudel who have known Marvlyn Robinson who resided in your village for some years, you know who you have lost, an exemplary national, a good, loving, peaceful, generous, helpful and law-abiding person. It is to be expected that you are shocked and regret the incident which led to her early demise as you mourn her loss.
    As fellow nationals, wherever we reside, the sad news have affected us. Those of us who knew her will say, “Oh no! It could not be Marvlyn. This could not have happened to her and why.” When I personally read the news, I was shocked. The first words which came to my mind were: “O My Lord! O My Lord!”
    We have taken this matter seriously and feel if only we could have prevented what occurred to her and bring her back. Together with her family and all of you, we are mourning her loss, praying for her relatives for godly consolation and strength and for the repose of her soul.
    The murderer has taken a God-given precious life, a lady of good character and exemplary personality. This is difficult to bear whether we knew her for years or whether some did not know her. She was one of us, a child of God and a fellow Dominican.
    We hope and pray that the Dominican Law will deal with the perpetrator according to this crime and that if he is not a Dominicans, he should be promptly deported. He should never be allowed to remain in Dominica to live and walk among you. Otherwise, may it be a lifetime of imprisonment for his atrocious crime.
    Marvlyn, we mourn your loss. You will be missed by all of us who knew you, those who had not seen you for years and those who knew you when you resided in Giraudel and those after you passed on, through the kind words that they say about you. You will never be forgotten.
    A dear Dominican lady, since departed once told me, “The word of the people is the word of God.” Indeed! May your soul rest in God’s glory and peace. Amen! Until we meet, in Heaven, at the feet of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

  4. Anonymous
    November 6, 2012

    who ever did this has double their sins 2 pay.i did not
    know her but she is at peace with her maker.

  5. Unknown
    November 6, 2012

    Why would a 22 year old kill a 75 year old woman? A REAL MYSTERY!

  6. kerlita
    November 6, 2012

    hmmmmm what happening to this country na

  7. Trolol
    November 6, 2012

    Just a side note notice how all the people doing this type of crimes comes from ‘Christian’ backgrounds. Like the lady that kill her to kids, just saying parents… Don’t force your religion on your kids. Just because you’re born in a Christian family doesn’t mean your kids automatically have to follow. Let them decide on their own.

  8. neutral
    November 6, 2012

    I knew that boy. His grandmother raised him very well in Newtown. As a matter of fact he was raised in a Christian home. He was a state college student. The old lady helped him with his collegue fees. What could have gone wrong with this boy? My God the devil is at work. We have to pray and pray really hard for our children. The grandmother is a Christian and I know her. I know how she must be feeling. After all she tried with that boy. This is so sad. I am a mother and a grandmother. Lord have mercy on this land. Mother Mary and all the saints in heaven pray for us. We need help in this country. No matter what is your denomination, DOMINICA is under attack by the devil. Let us pray people. We need prayers.

    • Justice and Truth
      November 7, 2012

      @ neutral

      I am pleased to read your comment:

      The Memorare

      Remember O Most Gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, we fly unto thee, O Virgin of Virgins our Mother. To thee we come, before thee we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate despise not our petition but in thy mercy hear and answer us. Amen!

      There are other prayers to the Mother of God, Our Lady. The Holy Rosary is the primary one. The Incarnation – Joyful Mysteries; His Miracles – Luminous Mysteries; His Passion, Death and Crucifixion – Sorrowful Mysteries; The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ – The Glorious Mysteries.
      Encourage others to pray them. God bless you!

  9. Devoted Dominican
    November 6, 2012


  10. montego bay
    November 6, 2012

    bring him there for us to DEAL with him…he is a new resident of newtown but defintely not from there. While we trying to clean up our community image it have to take some fool to spoil it even further….please police bring him to us please letss solve that problem at no 4king cost to the state send him for us as soon at he is convicted for that brutal murder we have nugg men who will do it for the state as sooon as he is sentenced to death for the killing of marvlyn…..bring him !

  11. linda
    November 6, 2012

    i believe as dominicans we are too silent, we need to take a stand together as dominicans and let those who are responsible for ammending the laws,know that we cannot take it anymore . ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.these are the people who help build our nation, please do not let this man walk out with a slap on the wrist as so many before him

  12. Anonymous
    November 6, 2012

    A number of senior citizens have been attacked, knocked out, punched, beaten over the years – all in their own homes. I am not satisfied with what is being done about it. The cowards come back to steal and attack a second and third time, and still they are on the loose. Why? Something is just not right with the way things are with the police for one and the Courts. One day hopefully we will get out of running Dominica like a country rather than a club. Jokers everywhere. Let’s see what will come about. May her soul rest in peace. I hope the devil can live with himself.

  13. a disturbed man
    November 6, 2012

    gov’t should declare a holiday and burn this criminalto death at bay-front. Too many criminals are walking on the streets of dominica. Look how this animal green (alkapoon) shoot this guy, cut his neck and then he wants bail. these criminal should be burn to death.
    i feel for this lady.she is very nice to every-one at the village. She loves life. God u deal with that criminal. burn him to death!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. I Know better
    November 6, 2012

    R.I.P Dear Ms. Robinson. You will be missed.

  15. Morihei Ueshiba
    November 6, 2012

    Dat Govt must GO!

    • neutral
      November 6, 2012

      what d hell that has to do with the government/ Did the govenment send anyone to kill. Damn fool

  16. concerned
    November 5, 2012

    On reading the story I was brought to tears not solely for the precious life that was viciously taken from her loved ones but for the fact that justice will never be obtained. My heart bleeds for the nation.What a lawless land this country has become because of the failed judicial system. The citizens of the land are weeping and moaning for justice. There are people who desire to return home to reside but wont because of the crime rate.Something hit a nerve real hard when i read that DNO addressed this vicious crime as an incident.This isn’t an incident. Its a vicious and malicious crime committed by a cold blooded heartless person who doesn’t deserve to see the light of day anymore.Too many criminals are getting away with crimes in this small nation. I believe it high time that the Skerrit administration bring back the death penalty. These cold blooded criminals should not be sent to prison and eat the good the land at the expense of tax payers. We need these criminals executed.

  17. anonymous2
    November 5, 2012

    This is one sick, malevolent individual that did this to this benevolent woman.

  18. French
    November 5, 2012

    Something need to be done with these criminals respect has been sweept under the rug what can a 75yr old do to you he or she needs a good beating with the cat-o-nine wicked you wicked feel pain the court better doe put this one on the road again because they taking it for a joke

  19. *
    November 5, 2012

    To all those saying ‘Hang’ Hang’… Dominica is name of the island. Hope you all know what i mean.
    I have heard more than that, and it was all wishful thinking… We are sleeping on us for too long!

  20. oh no
    November 5, 2012

    i understood that this is the 4th time this psycho has broke into her home. she is a senior citizen. so wat i gather from dat is, i will start training to shoot from now so that when i reach the senior citizen bracket it would be second nature to kill before being killed. on another note, make sure u all know who u giving jobs at your home, screen dem, do background checks. dont feel sorry for no one keep them at bay. doh give them breakfast or lunch and still pay them instead they work for u pay dem and make them leave your place immediately.

  21. hmmm
    November 5, 2012

    Try him fast and then HANG him!!!

  22. next step
    November 5, 2012

    that is the next step: after tourists are more and more deterred from coming (by robbers and an insufficient law enforcement), they turn to locals and rob and kill them.

    That is it. Now nobody is safe anymore.

  23. smh
    November 5, 2012

    sometimes these people walk away if they have someone in high authority they plead for them and i believe that is y they let them go. they know people that know people so they get the easy way out. this is so not fair.

    • ras
      November 5, 2012

      our justice system suckssssssssssssssss and is time for ppl like that to pay, an eye for and eye and a tooth for a tooth!!!!

    • Justice and Truth
      November 6, 2012

      This time, I hope not that they will not get away. Dominican nationals must cooperate in this and do their utmost that this disrespectful vieux negre, lowly person is not bailed, do not get away or be acquitted. Prison for life since there is no capital punishment.
      Marvlyn was too good a person for this to happen to. She really did not deserve such a lowly treatment to the point of being treated in such a manner, attacked and murdered.

      • Justice and Truth
        November 6, 2012

        :oops: ignore the second ‘not’. Too negatives make a positive. This does not apply here.

      • colorblind
        November 6, 2012

        There is capital punishment in Dominica. It just has not been used for a long time. We must not be afraid to use it when necessary. For those persons who do not want to use it, please check Genesis 9:6

  24. Very Angry
    November 5, 2012

    What is happening to our seniors on the island must stop, stealing from the lady is not right even so going to the extreme murdering her after recognized you, this my friend is deliberate and premeditated murder

    There are too many elderly residing in their homes alone and depriving them that luxury and freedom after working hard for years, this is criminal

    If i and right I can recall something of that nature took place a few years ago in Pointe Mitchel where an elderly was raped and murdered and the crack head did not get the maximum penalty which is the death penalty, this sucks

    To be honest if any one think that they will go to my parents home, steal from them and then murder them, man i have news for them, where ever I see that person , in court or where ever, man instead of the law dealing with the individual they will be dealing with me, because i will not let them enjoy any freedom, it is wrong to take justice in one hands but in a case where you murder my family i will definitely, do so, because the law in Dominica is protecting the criminals the murderers

    My Heart goes out to the family of Marvlyn Robinson, May her Soul Rest in Peace

  25. Mango-Bab
    November 5, 2012

    And the sad thing is that some attorney will actually make money trying to defend such a scum. They will try all sorts of techniques. See what they tried to do with the soufriere case, where they told the little girl that she was telling a lie!!

    This murderer should rot in jail… and in hell! Stabbing the poor, defenseless senior citizen.

  26. Candominican
    November 5, 2012

    This is a dispeakable act. The country should unite aganist this wicked acts of senselss violence. Someone shouldorganize a match to pressure the government to reform the laws to deal swifty and harshly with these thugs- but again no law and no constitution, no investigation in ot firebombing. We should unite and force this govt to investigate these case.
    SHame on Dominicans

  27. Sad in Seattle
    November 5, 2012

    As my co-worker is one of her sons, I truly have no words to describe what this animal has done. A loving mother, hard-working woman involved in her community, taken away much too soon. May those that were involved get the punishment that they deserve. My heartfelt condolences go out to her sons and grandchild.

  28. November 5, 2012

    I think we should have a law death for those caught in drugs like pilippines

  29. Anonymous
    November 5, 2012

    this is a clear case where we need the death penalty.. thank god it not written off our books.. to hell with the churches and the pastors… sentence him to death!!!!!!

  30. no no no
    November 5, 2012

    Who would do this to a 75 year old lady. I never knew a Dominican person could be so cold blooded and such a monster. How frightened she must have been. How much pain. At this age to die by murder? Is the person who did this right in his head? How can he justify doing this? stone him in public and make sure I am in the front of the queue with the biggest stone. My heart bleeds for this lady. The pain is so great. DNo I think the photo caption should read ‘house where murder took place’..I would hardly call this an incident. Sounds too minor

    • honeybee
      November 5, 2012

      i support the stoning. it is time that we demonstrate our NO TOLERANCE TO CRIME. An example need to be made of these criminals.

  31. Anonymous
    November 5, 2012

    well well i sure hope that the law can be looked into again. killing raping molesting…people getting away so they feel free to do what they feel like. so sad 4 her life 2 end that way. the lady work hard for her money and see what happen. i hope as soon as they find him they publish the bastard..i don’t know why they pamper these people. we must know who these woligans are. stop protecting them and protect the victims. i suspect is when it reaches home they will change the law. if the judge police jurors magistrate etc. if their families r killed then they wil change the law smdh

  32. ______________
    November 5, 2012

    I am laughing at you all. All you are forgetting that this happened in Dominica. Don’t be surprised that this man is outsice walking in short time… That’s what he knows, and that’s why he was so destructive. A lawlwss country.

    • James
      November 5, 2012

      That is the truth, mam know that killing someone in DA is not a serious crime, so until then if the law keep protecting the murderers, them will continue committing murder

      Please do not spear his life, Hand him, hang him this is beyond criminal mind

    • Justice and Truth
      November 6, 2012

      And that’s why he should be incarcerated, never to be let out.

  33. G
    November 5, 2012

    It’s time for Dominica to bring in the electric chair.

    • Bernard
      November 6, 2012

      We as a society need to rally, come together, sign petition forms submit them to the government showing them how serious we are when we say that, Dominica need to reinstall the death penalty, be it hanging, injection, electric chair etc, there are too many criminals, too many murderers walking the streets of DA on bail

      While their victims families are still grieving their lost

      Sending them to jail to fatten is a waste of tax dollars

      Man just thinking of what this woman went through by the hands of this murderer, it bring tears to my eyes, this is sickening

      What a heartless piece of shit, wondering if he was not thinking of his mother, his daughter if he have one, his grand parents and all the women in his family when he was murdering the lady

      This guy is worst than an animal, man you hearing and seeing the lady pleading for her life, and you continuing stabbing her, man no mercy, nor freedom must be given to you, you need to get the death penalty

      To the law people in Dominica, please do not wait when the fan hit the ceiling and it reaches your homes to take the necessary steps, please listen to the cries of the people before people families have to take the law in their hands,this man need to get the death penalty no mercy should be granted to him

      • Justice and Truth
        November 7, 2012

        I wholeheartedly agree with you. It is time for government and DPP, police authorities’ serious action. My heart aches for Marvlyn who was deprived of her precious life and also for her family who are mourning her loss. It is so sad and hard to bear.

  34. A Observer
    November 5, 2012

    Very sad indeed, may her soul rest in peace. condolences to family members and friends

  35. SAD & FED UP
    November 5, 2012

    it is understood dat d perpetrators of the las crime against dis lady were out on bail. for Gods sake police and d justice system take a hard look. 90% of d time this people get bail through certain lawyers who push for it. this was pre-meditated and revenge killing and it should be treated as such. I seek d death penalty for those involved and so should d family. i doh want dem in d jail nor on d streets. Hang dem or lethal injection ASAP.

    • Anonymous
      November 6, 2012

      i agree. As a matter of fact, give him to the public to deal with him. the fact that mister have to go up stocky and be fattened is just pure b…s..t.

  36. Anthony Ismael
    November 5, 2012

    Hang as quickly as possible after his trial and verdict. I don’t care what the Mercy Committee says. Hang him!

    • Justice and Truth
      November 6, 2012

      There is a Mercy Committee in Dominica? They should think of the mercy for the victims, their memory for those who were injured, maimed and murdered and their families. This is what mercy is all about.

  37. unknown
    November 5, 2012

    :-| some people are just wicked and should be punished!

  38. BVI/Dominican
    November 5, 2012

    For years Dominicans have been echoing the voices regarding bringing back he death penalty

    This is serious business, the authorities in Dominica need to bring back hanging, these scumbags killing committing these crimes they are not human, they treat their victims worst than animals therefore they should be treated the same

    To hell with Human Rights, to hell with Amnesty International they never take steps to protect the innocent/victims

    Amnesty International is a left wing that supports murderers

    It is a corrupt organization advocating prisoner rights at the expense of countries to keep the organization safe

    Dominicans should have the right to arm themselves, get a licence gun, I am residing in Canada and I have three license firearms, well stored, this is to protect my family and myself, if this woman had a licence firearm, for sure this scumbag/ waste sperm would be gone

    I can see why so many of the UK, USA, Canadian and others who retired outside of Dominica selling the houses the worked hard to build in Dominica and returning back to the UK, USA, and other countries, due to the fact that they are scared for their lives in DA

    For sure no country is safe, but Dominica is too much a small country with less than one hundred thousand residents for all these , and the worst part is that all the murderers are granted bail

    BRING BACK HANGING, that bastard do not need to be alive,

    • honeybee
      November 5, 2012

      i agree

    • Justice and Truth
      November 6, 2012

      Those types of organizations are godless people. Some of them, if not all of them do not believe in God. They are atheists and agnostics. This is why there is recognition of homosexuals and lesbians and so-called same sex marriage, abortions (killing their future citizens) and euthanasia to mention a few. I could cite other matters.
      I have no confidence in those people. They have made a mess of society, the world in general. Today, they are advising governments of small islands to follow suit in immorality.
      I also say to Hell with them. They are destroying the moral fabric of the world and family life rather than building it up because they lack godly spiritual enlightenment. So much for them. I could tell them to their faces.

  39. Anonymous
    November 5, 2012

    May her soul RIP and her family find peace during this time. My heart goes out to you.

  40. me na
    November 5, 2012

    On thing I have to ask though….Was she rich
    My apologies go out to the family…

    • Justice and Truth
      November 6, 2012

      I am responding to the best of my ability without prying into her affair. I have no wish to do so. This is my instinct.
      She was the only daughter of her parents; the only sister of her male siblings. Her father died when she was young. She loved and cared for her mother. Her brothers loved her too and vice versa. There is no doubt she inherited something from her mother who passed some years ago.
      She worked in the U.S. and obviously saved as much as she could to be able to purchase this property for her retirement.
      Those who work overseas, upon retirement receive a pension from their employers and also from the government.
      She may not have been rich by the standards of the rich but she was well-off also due to having worked hard in the U.S. She has talents as the nursing profession and dress-making, also probably among other talents and could utilize them.
      She retired in Dominica, to live in peace and tranquility and to enjoy a long life. I visualize this is why she chose Giraudel. She could have lived in Roseau in the family house where she was born and lived until she left for the U.S. Country life is more peaceful and healthier. Sadly, someone or some people did not allow her to do so. God of all will deal with such a wicked person or people.

  41. mymy
    November 5, 2012

    heart felt sympathies to the family and friends.this person who did this should not be given any sympathy by the court system.

  42. Piper
    November 5, 2012

    DNO, any word on the progress of the investigation?

  43. M. Xavier, Citronier
    November 5, 2012

    That boy MUST killed in the most inhumane way possible with him being made to suffer as much as possible, and it should be brodcasted live by all media as an example for those wanna be bad boys. It is high time these clowns be made to suffer and pay for their bastard acts!

  44. hmmm
    November 5, 2012

    when that person is CAUGHT the judge needs to sentence that person to be hanged. i hope the justice system will not fail the poor lady. cant believe someone would do such a thing. omg!!

  45. Grandbarian
    November 5, 2012

    Did this happened in Dominica?

  46. Just Saying
    November 5, 2012

    I seriously hope that he is Hung for his crime. This was a premeditated act. He did not want Mrs. Robinson to testify against him in an upcoming trial, so he thought it best to silence her permanently; he is a coward and did not want to face the consequences of his actions. I hope he is flogged, and tortured before he is HUNG. Dominica needs to get tough on crime and stop these hooligans dead in their tracks. I know everyone is presumes innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, but in this case this animal is guilty, and will be proven guilty and must pay for his crime. He must be hung; this will send a message to other likeminded idiots out there. I am certain anyone reading this will say that the bible states that “Thou shall not kill,” however it also says “Spare the rod and spoil the child”. It is apparent that the child was spared the rod and the bible means nothing to him, so treat him like the animal he is and hang him. My heart goes out to his family but the reality is that your child acted like a heartless animal and must be treated as such. I am deeply saddened by this, especially being from Newtown, with roots in Giraudel, and I pray that the Robinson family finds solace in the fact that Mrs. Robinson’s murder will not be in vain and will bring about tougher sanctions on criminals in Dominica. If no one wants to perform the execution I gladly will.

    • B.E.B
      November 5, 2012

      When cases like thes lingers before the courts,sometimes years,people tend to forget the victim’s plights and put all their sympathy towards the crimminal, then demanding human rights for the crimminal, when there was no human right for the victim..
      I’m not too farmiliar with the lady but I feel the pains that the family are going through
      I want to sound a warning note to the would to be defence lawyers. I know that you have a job to be done but I know a lot of you all lawyers have to burn in HEll FIRE.When a crimminal would take a guilty plea, then the lawyer would turn and request an insanity plea, in order wards blaming the victim for her wrongfull death.I want for you all lawyers to take heed and adhead to the warning.

  47. Thia Scrum
    November 5, 2012

    I want to see what the government of Dominica is going to do now. It is about time they step in and make an example of these people. We are trying to promote tourism, but with stuff like that going on who would want to come to Dominica. Dominica has become a lawless country, you kill and you go to jail for couple of years and you are out again to kill. In the days when they hanging people, we hardly had any crime. What is going on this place? Are we going to let them get away this. Skeritt should step in and do something before it is too late. Young people these don’t give a damn.

  48. Suki
    November 5, 2012

    HANG HIM I SAY….DARNIT MAN! i fed up of dem stupid criminals man dat spoiling our skin place… we are a place of peace where 90 yr old can live on there own in peace, without being bothered… I am fed up of these people going to jail for 2 mins and then coming out what nuh? we doe want dem darn it man!

    Spoiling our skin society

  49. Ja Newtown
    November 5, 2012

    I believe that the buck should stop with this animal; He stole form this women and killed in an effort to silence her? What unmitigated gull. I seriously hope that he is HUNG for his crime. That animal there, I know that he is someones child, is a boowooh! He thinks and acts like a pig and a such he should be treated.

  50. November 5, 2012

    as a nation let us all pray that God guide this beautiful island of Dominica from this criminal. What have this woman ever done to deserve this brutal death. let us pray for that person cause God will deal with him in his way and i sure it will be the right way. May her soul rest in peace.

  51. grell
    November 5, 2012

    unless the justice system comes back to what it is they will keep on killing,skerrit has so much blood on his hand,the days are drawing near,you kill you get bail so ridiculous.

  52. african queen
    November 5, 2012

    rest in peace lady so sad tears running down i did not known u but from what am reading u were a very lovely community lady who ever did this will surely answer one day again hold strong family god will take away your pain.

  53. rama
    November 5, 2012

    Knew this outstanding lady since the 50’s when she went to to the convent high school. What a waste!

  54. Not a herd follower
    November 5, 2012

    Will the Court do its duty and sentence the monster(s) to death? Please, Judges, do not be afraid to impose the death sentence. Do it for Marvlny Robinson. She deserves justice.

  55. out of south city
    November 5, 2012

    This is just senseless and cold. What is our island coming to?

  56. Anonymous
    November 5, 2012

    Dominica, I keep saying we need to pressure our leaders to take a more active stance on crime before it’s too late. If you let crime get out of control. The entire island will be sorry. We need more neighborhood watch groups. If it doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t. I am really sorry to hear this news. I did not know this lady but I send my condolences to her family.

  57. Anonymous
    November 5, 2012


  58. dominque
    November 5, 2012

    the thief comes to kill to steal and to destroy

  59. Reflection
    November 5, 2012

    Wow! At 70 she looked vibrant,healthy and happy. She could easily have become a centenarian…we need to protect the elderly and not let a few wayward citizens destroy the peace for the majority of us who work really hard, live responsibly, and contribute to the society in one positive way or another!

    I guess we will soon see the culprit on the news waving to the cameras?

    • Anonymous
      November 5, 2012

      she was 75 years old. the best i ever saw for that age..

  60. me again
    November 5, 2012

    dno should have a poll to find out how many people think this guy should be hanged

  61. blessed
    November 5, 2012


  62. Truth be Told
    November 5, 2012

    The question is where is the Government of Dominica crime reduction strategy? Does anyone know? You have GIS repeating the same nonsense about our development strategy for how long now. What about a government crime prevention strategy to combat the rising rate of criminal behaviour in all areas of our society. From thieves in banks to delinquent police officers, from drug dealers to murderers, from child molesters to sexual harassment of our young girls in the workplace, what is the government strategy to fight all criminal behaviour in Dominica before we lose a society?

  63. Boas
    November 5, 2012

    bring back capital punishment

  64. gun smoke
    November 5, 2012

    These are the things we Dominicans should spend energy on the radio talk shows speaking against and calling for laws to execute the persons who partake in such criminal acts whenever they are caught.Since that brutal senseless killing Dominicans seem very quiet like nothing happened. Hypocrits

    • My 2 cents
      November 5, 2012

      I guess that most folks are still in a state of disbelief and shock, hence the ‘quiet.’
      In a peaceful and tranquil village like Giraudel, it takes a while for such a heinous act to sink in.
      R.I.P Marvlyn, you did not deserve this.

  65. gwanbay
    November 5, 2012

    i just want the police to hold that person or persons. however the hungry lawyer that go and fight for bail they will pay the price. i just don’t is hight time they bring back hanging i will volunteer to perform that operation.may her soul rest in peace and them criminals pay the ultimate price. and these murder trials takes too long too. these are the things we need to protest on the streets about. change the laws

  66. big mike
    November 5, 2012

    trust me i dont know what some man thingking i mean i down for a man making his money hustling doing his thing but hurting innocent people is one thing a GANGSTER suppose to learn is respect the innocent tht is de first rule what a 75 year old lady living in a small village could hav for u niggaz to do her tht come on is niggaz like allu tht give us tht trying to make a living on the streets a bad name so much big drug boss tht in dominca go after them nah killing de damn lady i hav a granny and a mother too and trust me whoever mother or grandmother tht i know how they feeling now

  67. Common sense
    November 5, 2012

    TheCountry is getting hard. I don’t want too imagine wat will take place for the tourist season

  68. justic 1
    November 5, 2012

    These young men or weman who a doing that is heartless . You cant even stay at your home and think that every thing is ok we Dominica should have our dogs in the yard and bad dogs for that mater , and our gun cutlass by our bed . These young people a turning our country into something i dont no . The next thing they are going to send them to the hospital and say they are sick . I am asking the family of this lady dont give up on that do what ever it takes to find who ever did that and let them pay dearly . BRING BACK HANGING. It could be my family i dont care as long as you can go into someone house and do that u can come to mine to . I pary that they find this person . All the good people a living us for no good reason.

  69. thekingofitassi
    November 5, 2012

    Find the bastard coward who did this to a defenceless elder and execute him in public at the National Stadium – select the best marksmen from a brigade of the SSU and execute him bu firing squad so a strong message can sent to the criminals ruining our beautiful land!

  70. C
    November 5, 2012

    :evil: :cry: I fell sorry for her family and friends
    Dominica hav som wicked people a . boy I vex :evil:

  71. Annon
    November 5, 2012

    Sad, very sad indeed!
    Oh, young men ‘THINK TWICE’ In paradise!
    Police please do a thorough clean investigation, don’t attempt to frame-up anyone, but do a job that we all, including any judge, will be justified to punish the murderer(s) so they don’t walk free.

  72. candy
    November 5, 2012

    Law makers please enforce stiffer penalties unless it turns on one of you law makers family, you all will never see it fit. RIP my lady

  73. Homeboy
    November 5, 2012

    In as much as I try to be civil, I cannot come to terms with my spirit and I implore the GOVERNMENT of the Commonwealth of Dominica to REINSTITUTE CAPITAL PUNISHMENT.

    For what gains did the criminals had to (1) rob an elderly citizen and (2) Stab her:

    I will never understand that and the only justice I will accept is when whoever is responsible is 6 feet deep..
    Again my condolences to the family and while every Independence we celebrate this family will be in mourning…

  74. Child of Beauty
    November 5, 2012

    How many more innocent lives must be taken before something can be done? How many more random SENSELESS acts of violence must be committed before the perpetrators of these crimes can be brought to justice?? HOW MANY?????
    My prayers go out to her family and the entire Giraudel community. This is truly frightening.

  75. November 5, 2012

    Justice must be done now, and it will be done, for the sake of people like Mrs. Marvlin Robinson.

    People of Giraudel, my beautiful and peaceful village, remember that our trials and tests demand great perseverance, this attitude is what we need at a time like this; we cannot give up on the work of our God so easily.

    As a God fearing people, though we will suffer from time to time, we will not suffer in vain, because by faith we have the hope of God’s deliverance.

    And hope does not disappoint, for it is a blessing of Love for us, if hope should ever disappoints, then it is God’s failure–but God cannot fail!

    Therefore let us remain steadfast in faith and hope, through this trial and test which we have encountered, believing that we will have victory by our weapon of faith–the kind of faith that is from God because it only works through Love.

  76. Anonymous
    November 5, 2012

    Alas…poor poor woman. Murdered at 75? No way. The photo should be captioned ‘house where murder took place ‘. This is no incident

  77. pascal
    November 5, 2012

    :cry: :cry: :cry:

  78. Aye Dominique
    November 5, 2012

    I have been to this lady’s house. I am lost for words, I’m just so so shocked…….will be back

  79. CB BOSS
    November 5, 2012

    This incident is not very encouraging.

    My condolences goes out to the family and friends.

  80. angry DA/US RESIDENT
    November 4, 2012

    Just put yourself in this Lady’s place, you will know how much she suffered before she died. Why he could not take everything and run? But the coward had to kill her. I’m from Dominica, but I live in the USA. I see what criminals do. They don’t only kill the person, but put all the rest of the persons family under so much stress. That’s not right. I love people, but I don’t have no love in my heart for this senseless killing. Would he like someone to do that to his mother. I hope no Dr. is going to say he is ‘CRAZY’ I work in the Medical Field. I know Crazy people and I know ‘WICKED’ people. Everyone want things quick and don’t want to sacrifice and work hard. I am so angry, it is not even funny. Sympathy to the family and the whole of DOMINICA. Her blood has been flowing in vain. DOMINICA, pay attention to these ‘HOME GROWN CRIMINALS AND TERRORISTS. If we let them go, we don’t know who next they are going to kill so brutally. Lord Have Mercy on this land (DOMINICA).

  81. angry DA/US RESIDENT
    November 4, 2012

    The Bible say to forgive. But this Animal should Suffer before he dies. He had no mercy on the Lady. The Prison Officers, and Police should make him suffer every day. Don’t set him free, he should be stoned to death. This could be my mother, aunt, and moreover she is a Human Being. If the Authorities bail him out, he will kill anyone who is in his way, ’cause he is a home grown terrorist who don’t care about no body and don’t have no feeling for another human being. Why should we pay taxes to feed him. Call the case quick, give him pain everyday. That’s why I believe in “An Eye For An Eye, and A Tooth For A Tooth. Let the ‘BASTARD’ suffer. DOMINICA legal AUTHORITIES, wake up, nip crime in the budd, else it will multiply like a CANCER.

  82. Anonymous
    November 4, 2012

    Sympathies to the family and entire community of Giraudel.. I don’t know her but this indespicable act against such a woman doesn’t deserve to go unnoticed. The individual should pay for doing such brutality to this lady and a lesson must be learnt by all who want to follow the trend, that they would think of the consequences before they act…

  83. Anoushah Alie
    November 4, 2012

    God bless this woman, and her family! Truly, a sad ending, and my hope is that the killer will be brought to justice.

  84. Anonymous
    November 4, 2012

    Just sad and senseless!

  85. brewster
    November 4, 2012

    how can someone ever think of taking the life of such a pleasant senior citizen . ive met her a couple times and she is fun to be around may her soul rest in peace

  86. Allan
    November 4, 2012

    This is really sad!

  87. T mama
    November 4, 2012

    and bring back capital punishment

  88. T mama
    November 4, 2012

    senseless murder……Marvlyn was such a jovial and loving woman…it is soo senseless…

  89. willis dew
    November 4, 2012


    • DESIE
      November 5, 2012

      hanging cannot stop crime nothing but death can stop it.
      Hanging will only make them get smarter so they can avoid it.
      murderers and rapists should only be fed uncooked dasheen and extra sour lime juice(unsweetened) to drink untill there sentence is over. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    • DESIE
      November 5, 2012

      when i say death i mean from jah not us

    • Distured
      November 5, 2012

      Yes and no… Only after “TRUE” investigation, can i agree to this.

      I have no heart for crimes, especially 1 of this nature.

      On the other hand, to stop all crime, u must commit something rather heinous. :evil: :twisted: :idea:

    • Suki
      November 5, 2012

      I believe so too

    • justice
      November 5, 2012

      Dominica need the death penalty back in DA.

    November 4, 2012

    deepest sympathies to all those who are affected ny this senseless and evil act.

    condolences to the baptiste family of newtown and robinson families

  91. a surgeon
    November 4, 2012

    hang him,dats all,dont let him stay long in jail eating tax payers money,call d case this month and finish with him.

    • willis dew
      November 4, 2012


    • tt
      November 4, 2012

      so cause d case is this month is he that do that……….come on…..

    • Distured
      November 5, 2012

      Call the case right now.

      Jury: Hang him

      His attorney: Hang him

      Prosecutor: Hang him

      Me: Burn him alive while he hangs.

      R.I.P my dear lady…

    • Suki
      November 5, 2012

      I agree

    • Anonymous
      November 5, 2012

      i bloody agree…time that the government introduce the death penalty in this country that is why these criminals do what they do cause they know they will get away with it!!!stupes

  92. positivity
    November 4, 2012

    wow! God save our land, JESUS!!!

  93. LOVE
    November 4, 2012


  94. jtr
    November 4, 2012

    there are some wicked people out there

    • Distured
      November 5, 2012

      Every1 is wicked at some point, this person just so happen to have a really bad mind.

      They heisitated as this seemed very planned.

      A wolf can tell another wolf, from a distance. I smell a fox and a dirty rat.

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