Incitement case against Athie Martin thrown out

Martin speaks to reporters outside the courthouse

The case against well-known conservationist and political activist, Artherton “Athie” Martin, for incitement, has been thrown out by a Roseau magistrate for lack of submission of evidence by the prosecution.

Martin, who is also a talk show host, was charged on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018, with incitement to block a public road in Roseau.

According to the charge sheet, he made the statements at an “unlawful”  protest in Roseau in which he asked members of the public to block the road.

The event in question was a demonstration organized by the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) in Roseau on Saturday, December the 15th, as part of the group’s campaign for free and fair elections in Dominica.

Some protesters insist that Martin’s call for a roadblock followed previous requests which they had made to the police to divert traffic from the area in which they were located and which was posing a threat to their safety.

Cara Shillingford served as lead counsel along with Julian Prevost, Gildon Richards, Joshua Francis, David Bruney and Ronald Charles on Martin’s defense team.

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36 Comments

  1. Lin clown
    November 13, 2019

    These,LYING UWP LUNATICS say nothing has happened in Dominica in 20 years MARIA ,DESTROYED Dominica in 2017.Today Dominica is better than it was before Maria.UWP hope to win election by LYING.That will NEVER WORK.The majority of Dominicans are not BLIND

  2. Lorraine GAYEWSKI
    November 13, 2019

    Lin Clown, you have lots to say but under disguise. Show your red corrupt self by your real name so your family, friends and coworkers can see the weak person hiding. Your hate has been noted.

  3. Lin clown
    November 12, 2019

    ATHIE.
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    • Real Dominican
      November 13, 2019

      All these and Dominica still look like an abandon mechanic shop.

  4. Bwa-Banday
    November 12, 2019

    Cara girl your daddy taught you well how to be a fearless, no face fighter. You go girl teach the Senior Clown and his red robots how idiotic they are. Stay focused

  5. Garvey
    November 12, 2019

    Truth be told we have a whole lot of idiots in Dominica if may say, and a lot of jack….. like Petter St Jean called Skerrit.That is why Dominica is in the state that it is today with all these clowns who cannot read and comprehend that is why Skerrit is in power. sh.. for brains and easyly bought.

  6. TJ
    November 12, 2019

    Ms Shillingford you and your fellow baristas earn your pay, dignity, pride.

    Congratulations!

    This Labor government got a. A plus for stupidity.

  7. Lin clown
    November 12, 2019

    IBO one of the biggest idiots in the CARIBBEAN is your LEADER.3961 by 50,000 is 1.2 billion who can beat that LEVEL of stupidity?

  8. dissident
    November 12, 2019

    Justice ✊
    Cara Shillingford.. you make me smile!
    You are brilliant!
    Many thanks to the rest of the defense team!!!!
    Honors!

    • Mexican
      November 12, 2019

      This Cara Shillingford young lady is truly brilliant and courageous. She has real leadership potential. Most of the other young lawyers are lazy followers, who are contented to go along with the status quo, even if it leading to hell.

  9. Eagle-Eyed
    November 12, 2019

    So if the protest was unlawful and Athie as a participant of this unlawful protest encouraging others to unlawfully block traffic, whereby, law-abiding citizens were unable to go about their normal business unhindered, and the case still being thrown out because the prosecution failed to submit evidence? I can tell you if Athie was a ‘malayway’ he would be thrown in jail. Could you imagine Athie doing that in either the USA or UK and getting off scot-free?

  10. Eggleston born and bread
    November 12, 2019

    The trouble makers from the workers party are rejoicing
    If he was found guilty it be another story
    It would be PM and the courts is ruled by the government .
    Hypocrites
    They are just cry cry babies

    • Pipo
      November 12, 2019

      And you are a sore and unfair loser. Obviously the charge had no chance of standing in court.

    • %
      November 12, 2019

      Found guilty for what?
      What did he do?
      I was present, you were not, so stop puffing out hot air.The police should be the ones in front of the court, not patriot Martin!!
      Skerrit
      Whey is di money?
      Whey is di money?
      Whey is di money?

    • Eagle-Eyed
      November 13, 2019

      Well every cloud have a silver lining. This court decision has debunked the opposition accusation of the PM being a dictator, else he would have instructed the court to throw Athie in jail for breaking the law. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  11. jamie
    November 12, 2019

    Skerrit wasting the states money,Campaign Slogan should be.LOCK HIM UP FOR THE 1.2 BILLION.

  12. RandyX
    November 12, 2019

    The cost of this court case should not be charged to the treasury but rather to Skerrit. After all I was him that ordered he police to charge the defendant with nonsense that could not stand in any court of the Western Hemisphere.

  13. Lin clown
    November 12, 2019

    That is it.The Prosecution is GOVERNMENT.The defence is Athie Martin.The Government did not produce enough evidence.So the Magistrate let Athie go.

  14. Hear my cry Lord
    November 12, 2019

    My God if you spit in Dominica today and the spit not Red, Skerrit charging us for incitement. If we pee and the color of the pee is not Red, Skerrit and Carbon arresting us for incitement. But if you Red you can say infront of Carbon you going to do away with Linton or members and supporters of the UWP, expect Carbon and his police to either pretend they did not hear or clear the way for you to act God see where we are and please Lord deliver your people in anyway you see fit!

  15. Ras B
    November 12, 2019

    Why are we so wasteful of the countries resources with these petty, simplistic charges?

  16. The Truth Be Told
    November 12, 2019

    The case against well-known conservationist and political activist, Artherton “Athie” Martin, for incitement, has been thrown out by a Roseau magistrate for lack of submission of evidence by the prosecution. Cara Shillingford served as lead counsel along with Julian Prevost, Gildon Richards,. No wonder because the lead counsel and team are well known persons who do not support the Government. So they fail the state by not submitting the evidence.

    Open your eyes people. Why lead counsel and the others you did not submit the evidence? I need the truth.

    • Jo
      November 12, 2019

      Ummm…I’m not sure under which rock you live but clearly you don’t understand what’s going on or what you read here. Like the article stated, it is the “PROSECUTION ” who failed to submit evidence, hence the case was thrown out. The lead council and her team aren’t the prosecution. The prosecution is basically the side presenting the case against Mr Martin.

      Is that enough truth for you?

      • Cockball
        November 12, 2019

        Jo you are embarrassing yourself. Please read carefully before posting comments here

        • Cockball
          November 12, 2019

          Apologies Jo. That was meant for Truth be Told

        • Jo
          November 13, 2019

          :lol: :lol: :lol: naaman. You special for real. Anyhow c’est la vie.

    • Anon
      November 12, 2019

      The prosecution did not submit the evidence. As in the attorneys representing the state…. The lead counsel you refer to are Mr. Martin’s lawyers… You don’t understand English huh?

    • DOMINICAN
      November 12, 2019

      Next time make sure you understand before you post. Don’t make a fool of yourself. It said the prosecution, meaning the lawyers working for the state (those for the government). Is they who did not present the evidence and not the defence lawyers like Cara Shillingford and the others. That is the truth, this is what it said.. SMH

    • My2Pence
      November 12, 2019

      Please read the exert again. Cara was lead counsel for the defense not the prosecution. The prosecution therefore did not present enough evidence to support its case (government’s side) that is why it had to be thrown out.

    • Mark
      November 12, 2019

      @The Truth Be Told ; Are you a lawyer? If not shut your mouth because you don’t know what you are talking about–

    • Ibo France
      November 12, 2019

      Let’s be brutally honest here. Truth Be Told has no inkling as to the meaning of Lead Counsel. This what happens when you try to defend the indefensible. Now Truth Be Told has raw egg all over his face. I also find that a disproportionate number of DLP’s supporters shares the same IQ as Truth Be Told. They think that man can land on the sun at night. They ask where to put the stamp on an e-mail and how many football teams are in the Final Four. They wonder they are so gullible and easily misled.

      • Jo
        November 13, 2019

        :lol: :lol: I just fainted at the “where to put the stamp on an email” line. I’m taking this line ( thank you). That’s so true of some Dominicans these days. It’s sad

    • dee
      November 12, 2019

      Truth never told
      the Defence council will not be required to defend a matter, if
      the prosecution did not submit evidence in their case , understand it man, I made it so simple for you too .

    • Bwa-Banday
      November 12, 2019

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: @TTBT I laugh so much I vomit weee! You don’t have a clue. Trying to sound educated on the issues is wayyyyyy beyond you so chill :mrgreen: :mrgreen: . I am sure even the magistrate is having a serious laugh at your idiotic comment. If this is an example of what core laborites are then nou-fe-nee-bat! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: . Stop listening to Kairi and got to Q95 for some advise from His Lordship Matt Peltier; ” Better to keep your darn stinking mouth shut that open it and remove all doubt!”

    • DAstrong
      November 13, 2019

      @Truth be told. Read and comprehend before your stupid comment. The lawyers you mentioned were representing the defendant not the state.

  17. %
    November 12, 2019

    Those police officers are not just stupid, but they are political idiots too!!
    Henry needs to take the one of yesterday to court!!
    Skerrit
    Whey is di money?
    Whey is di money?
    Whey is di money?

    • Ibo France
      November 13, 2019

      %, are you surprised? This is the gospel truth. Every public organization and institution in Dominica has been corrupted by the Master of Corruption, Skerrit. These are just a few conspicuous examples: Parliament, Electoral Commission, Police Force, Office of the Attorney General. Even the Justice System has not been allowed to escape the corrupting tentacles of the most corrupt governmental Administration in the history of the Eastern Caribbean.

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