Dominica national charged with tourist’s murder in Antigua

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – A 24 year-old Dominican man has been arrested for the January 19 murder of an American tourist.

Police said Tishara Daniel, a resident of Swetes Village, was detained on Friday and has since been charged for the murder of 29-year-old Nina Elizabeth Nilssen.

Daniel is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

Nilssen’s body was discovered at the popular Pigeon Point Beach area in the south of the island with a puncture wound to her neck. She had come ashore along with other passengers on the Royal Clipper cruise ship but strayed from the main group.

Police have not disclosed a motive for the killing, which has led to Star Clippers – the cruise operator – dropping Antigua from its itinerary.

The ship will instead call at neighbouring Nevis.

“Star Clippers has called at Antigua for many years without incident, and with its long sailing and yacht history, the island has always been a popular destination with our guests,” Star Clippers chief executive officer Mikael Krafft said in a statement on Friday.

“We are taking this decision after much deliberation, and we will continue to monitor the security situation in Antigua and evaluate our options for next winter season regarding returning to the island,” he added.

This is the second time a cruise operator has dropped Antigua from its schedule in recent months, following a similar decision by Carnival Cruise Lines taken late last year.

Antigua and Barbuda’s image as a tourist destination has taken a beating over the past two years with three other visitors being murdered during that time.

In 2008, Benjamin and Catherine Mullany, a British couple honeymooning in Antigua, died after being attacked in their hotel room, while last year an Australian sailor was fatally shot in the English Harbour area while walking with his girlfriend and their daughter.

There have also been a number of other attacks on tourists, including the highly publicised scuffle between a group of American cruise ship visitors and local law enforcement authorities that stemmed from a dispute over the cost of a taxi ride.

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37 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    July 12, 2014

    All the people that living Dominica and going to Antigua I think they have no ambition, they need to use the wisdom knowlage an ambition god give them and ues it to develop their beautiful country call .

  2. Emily
    December 4, 2012

    I LOVE Dominica. I am from the U.S. and have visited twice. The shame for Dominica is in trying to turn it into a typical Caribbean destination. It isn’t. Dominica, please hold to your traditional values, and agriculture. You are truly a self sustaining nation. Learn to market yourself for what you are. So many people are looking for a slice of the real nature that you currently provide. Once you turn into a typical tourist destination… I and many like me will cease to come. The shame for young Dominicans is in the envy you have for the rest of the world. Take note of what is unique and special in what you already HAVE. That envy is the root of most crime. To Antiguans, don’t discriminate – it’s ugly and unwarranted. Most Dominicans are wonderful. There are a few (just like any place on Earth) who would ruin a beautiful thing. Don’t “cast the first stone.”

  3. westindian chocolate
    February 3, 2010

    it is sad that the lady died and also the previous murders. but why on earth she thought she should walk around a place she does not know …??? people should learn when you come in a group stay with the group…
    with all the crime so call Dominicans doing in other countries they starting to make me shame..i am very proud of my country but these people bringing it down bad …

    by the way i don’t think they hang people any more its the “chair” that has made a come back…a life for a life …still wondering why he did it…

  4. HOLLOW .676 CAL
    February 2, 2010

    SEND THE GUILTY ONES TO FACE HOLLOW .676 Cal and see if they dont learn

  5. HOLLOW .676 CAL
    February 2, 2010

    SORRY I DONT HAVE THE FEELING OF SYMPATHY FOR SUCH. people must stop entertaining crap

  6. hhmm
    February 2, 2010

    @Child: you said the punishment in the two countries are not the same. Which one is harsher?

  7. child
    February 1, 2010

    well the punishment for crime is antigua is not the same as in dominica

  8. de caribbean change
    February 1, 2010

    What ever happened to the gallows? Does anybody know?

  9. spirit
    February 1, 2010

    Well they will have to look at his past record and if he have a criminal rocord well? I guess they would have known that before they arrest him. If after all the evidence he is guilty God help us.

  10. Impacttheworld
    February 1, 2010

    If this man committed the crime, the book of justice should be thrown at him with great force.

    One thing we can all agree on is that crime on islands that were not considered crime infested islands( like Jamaica, Trinidad, and Haiti) have been on a steady rise. This statement is supported by regional police records, the World Bank, and the United Nation Office of Drug and Crime. What this should tell us is that if the leaders and citizens of the caribbean do not take serious steps to curtail crime, the comfort that we enjoy in Dominica will be compromised, and citizens will live in fear and apprehension. Once the cancer of crime spreads, it will be be very difficult to control it (ask the Jamaican, Trinidadian, and Haition officials).

    Dominica has seen an unprecedented number of murders in the past two years. There were 8 murders in 2008, and I believe twelve or thirteen in 2009 (my numbers may be a bit off). Once upon a time, not too long ago, if we had four murders in a span of two years, there would be cause for alarm. These days, we tend to look at murders as everyday occurences.

    The young generation in Dominica has become much more aggressive in how they resolve problems; and they are easily influenced by the negative portrayal of life in music and movies. They are the generation of “get it fast no matter what it takes…no matter who gets hurt” The biggest problem I had growing up in Dominica was trying to determine which mango tree I should climb. The young of today a bewildered with so many problems, that when things do not go their way, they lash out aggressively against each and innocent people. We need to definitely get a hold of that generation in order to secure the future.

    Let us keep in mind that Dominica, like most islands, is very fragile; and as it shifts from an agricultural based economy to a service and industrial based economy, we must do our best to prevent or alleviate crime so that we can attract foreign investors and tourists. All crime does is undermine growth, threaten human welfare, and impede social development.

    Until we can put things in place, we should continue to throw the book at criminals who threaten our wonderful island and our way of life.

  11. tomahawk
    February 1, 2010

    Ire and jal and all the rest who talk crap dont make any sense,the FACT is HE IS A DOMINICAN.ONE OF THOSE WHO THINKS THAT HE CAN DO AS HE FEELS.
    Its just a damn shame that you leave your country to make your life better and you kill for what?and some of you talk as though you are in support of this S…T.

  12. February 1, 2010

    I knw this lil boy very well and also his perants I do hope it’s false…

  13. CHAMER
    February 1, 2010

    if this guy commited the crime he should pay simple. lets be real,every where u go theres crime of all sorts and 1 or 2 dominicans who commites crimes home or abroad should not speak for the rest of us. 95 or mabe even 98 percent of us dominicans are hard working law abiding citezens and should not pay for the acts of 2% of these fools.its hard for a country to loose its business because of the actions of individuals but it could have been a national of any other country; again i repeat that unles these countrys being to hang and put those who commit such crimes to death with immediat effect we will only see an increase in crime. but its a sad situation that a person loosese therze life over what most times is just foolishnes.we can blame the youths and those that become criminals at times but we need to blame the justice system that have given criminals more rights than the victims. again we fellow those that say that u are to defend the right of criminals but i ask what about the right of the victims and there familys? dont they also deserve justice. puting these people to death wont bring back the loved ones we lost but i am sure that it will put many of these criminals tothink a 100 times before committing crimes.heres what i reccomend. for robbery with aggravation 20 to 40yrs hard labour. robbery 15years hard labour. muder instant death. if its muder in a case of self defence u go free. attempted muder life behind bars hard labour. if u are facing yrs for muder and u escape u should be shot on site and tahta wll surely cause some thinking. bodily harm 10yrs hard labour .at no time should a criminal be allowed to eat hard working tax payers money for free. lets begin to push our governments to put these thing in place

  14. spirit
    February 1, 2010

    Any one who commits a crime against a torist who comes to spend their money in your country commits a crime against the state and this should be looked at as trism. This gyu if found guilty and if in fact guilty should be hanged. the ship pulled out of antigua all because of one man. If this man is ever sent back to D/A after his jail term he should spend time in jail here for bringing D/A good name to the gutter.

  15. CB CUZ
    February 1, 2010

    Well guess what? Now all dominicans in antigua without papers might as well jump on liat now because antigua is aboout to make a raid on illegals and in my opinion it was time. Some dominicans tired of making the rest of us SHAME. SOME dominicans just need to stay in their own country cause you cannot let them out…GO HOME DOMINICANS GO HOME all you toooooo bad

  16. Irie
    February 1, 2010

    Dominican man? I not claiming him with all you nah….all of a sudden he is a dominican….we need to find out how long he over there, if he is a just come, yeah they can say he dominican, but if he living there since he small they cannot call him dominican…..their system done infiltrate and it could all be over there he learn all his criminal ways, before we start to feel honte let us find out how long mister there…them antiguans looking to pass blame…

    and another thing, them americans and developed countries like to do like is in caribbean alone that have crime, when their crime rate a hundred times greater than caribbean islands….all you never hear about them serial killers and those in the states that does torture people? Everybody know each and every soceity has its criminal elements, and not because you are a tourist you must play ‘inyowan’ never see come see and stray from your group…..whilst I sorry de lady lost her life, I feel whether you are a resident or a visitor your must still exercise caution wherever you go.

  17. Dismayed
    February 1, 2010

    Oh Boy.

  18. SET
    February 1, 2010

    This young man was well brought up in Dominica. He left Dominica at a very early age. So he did not leave Dominica as a character.$
    Not sure what happen to these young men when they are over there, but I don’t understand why they believe they have to criminals.

  19. d/can in j/a
    February 1, 2010

    Alas my heart dropped momentarily when I read the headline. Shame, shame, shame!!! Look how a Dominican bringing shame to the country. I can’t blame an Antiguan now if they have anti-Dominican sentiments I mean look at the consequences, the company dropped Antigua from their itinerary because of A DOMINICAN. Jeez man.

  20. Come On!
    February 1, 2010

    DOMINICANS WHAT A SHAME. THEY STEAL IN ANTIGUA, THEY MURDER IN ANTIGUA, THEY LOITER THE STREETS. GO BACK HOME AND DEVELOP ALLU COUNTRY. I SEEING TOO MUCH PEOPLE LEAVING THEIR COUNTRY TO GO DEVELOP OTHER COUNTRIES. THATS WHAT MAKES PEOPLE LOAF OUT DERE AND DO ALL TYPES OF B.S. GO DEVELOP YOUR COUNTRY. DOMINICA NEED A WELL BUILT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. DOMINICA NEEDS A GOOD SHOPPING MALL IN THE TOWN. STOP WASTING TIME!! IF A COUNTRY SAYS ITS INDEPENDENT IT SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO THINGS ON ITS OWN WITH THE HELP OF THE PEOPLE IT CAN. ITS TIME TO WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE.

  21. KKK fan
    January 31, 2010

    Please keep him in Antigua because if he comes DOMINICA WE will kill him.

  22. Jal
    January 31, 2010

    We can’t just jump to conclusions so fast. Remember every procecutor wants to win case. There is a LONG STANDING RIFF BETWEEN antigua and Dominican nationals living there. There has also been cases of petty theft and drugs won and lost by Antiguan authorities. ..
    I am in no way saying that there aren’t Dominicans who misbehave in Antigua. That’s very unfortunate and stupid of them but, because of the rift between Antigua, presumably the authorities, and Dominican nationals it’s easy to see how a Dominican could be made the scape goat in such a high profile incident that involves the tourist industry, of all things lately. This is a very immotional issue for Antigua.

    We have to be carefull here because they ‘may’ be trying to put a Dominican in the middle of it. That would make it easy for a local jury to give the case to the procecutor, all because of ill feelings towards Dominicans. Also, whether the D/a person wins this case, damage will have already been done; this can be enough for Antiguans to want to take to the streets and put ‘those Dominicans’ who imigrate there to earn a living out of their island. Trust me, dese authorities can’t wait to divide Antiguans and Dominicans who have loved and trusted each other for years. So, we have to be very careful not to jump to conclusions on this.

    The lesson to be learned here by Dominica is to POLICE all areas and routs frequented by tourist vigilantly AND PROPERLY! there’s no alternative! We just lately trained and deployed 50 or 75 new officers, some of whom could be further deployed to tourism protection assignments. We have to protect the people, their lives, our livelyhood.

    REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED TO ST.CROIX. …up to this day St.Croix has not recovered as a result of violent incidents against tourists….Who would have thought Dominica could today be receiving more tourist ships than St.Croix. Here is our example. We have to do the right thing.

  23. destiny
    January 31, 2010

    Who are we to judge a man before he is found guilty, he may well be innocent. We are all west indians and its about time we stop talking about “foreigners” and start talking like intelligent human beings. I am embarassed by some of the comment made!!! Ignorance obviously still exsists in our so called intelligent society!

  24. New Yorker
    January 31, 2010

    This is a disgrace, we are known all over the world as peaceful people, but with these few idiots, our good name will soon change, Antigua if they can’t behave send them home, you dont have papers to stay in antigua send them home, why should Antigua lose money because of these fools, deport all of them, then they will start acting like people should.

  25. en ba la
    January 31, 2010

    oops!! Mwen honte.. I heard this on a radio station – Dominica – what an image some ridiculous individual creates for an entire country/a people.

  26. January 31, 2010

    THIS IS WHY WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH SOME SITUATION IN OUR COUNTRY DIFFERENT.SEE WHAT OUR PEOPLE DOING OUT THERE………WE PRESSING PEOPLE FOR OVERSTAYING A FEW WEEKS IN OUR COUNTRY.THIS IS NOT A GOOD LOOK.

  27. Realist
    January 31, 2010

    Once incident happen and you want to indite all Dominicans leaving abroad. It takes more than one case of murder to bring shame on a country. Whether we cry or not, these things will always happen. Be realistic

  28. WOW
    January 31, 2010

    Papa met!! I did not want to hear that news today. Dominicans have to get bad name all over and is Peter that paying for Paul. They don’t like us in Guadeloupe or Martinique. We are not all the same, there are some hard working, educated, genuine and law abiding Dominicans. I don’t like to judge but the young generation of today have some serious issues. We are really in the end of times. Let us continue praying for our nation.

  29. STRONG LABOURITE
    January 31, 2010

    Dominicans cannot BEHAVE THEIR ******* SELVES SHAIT MAN

  30. $uper$aver
    January 31, 2010

    Antigua need to deport all those dominicans in antigua(except the murderer). all you cannot tell me that dominica is a much better place than antigua yet all dominicans a flucking to antigua like its paradise.DOMINICANS GO HOME GO DEVELOP ALLYOU OWN COUNTRY. People there a people from my own village that have been in antigua for over twenty years and has yet t set foot just there in dominica. LIAT HAVE FIVE DAILY FLIGHTS..GO HOME GO HOME GO HOME

  31. precious stones
    January 31, 2010

    Why are these animals leaving Dominica and giving us a bad name aboard. they should give him the maximum, just last month if am not mistaken there was a Dominican in Antigua new today another one. For those of you who are home and planing to go aboard if thats your motive am begging you please stay where you are. We Dominicans aboard are facing enough already, we are TIRED of walking with our heads bowing down to the ground for the foolishness these IDIOTS are doing. Mr. IMMIGRATION OFFICER please screen those guys before giving them a PASSPORT CAUSE ALL THEY DOING IS BRINGING SHAME TO OUR NAME…

  32. shay
    January 31, 2010

    i want to know why dominicans in antigua just cant behave them selves. I hearing dominicans in antigua doing too mucht hings. ya’ll need to stop that nonesence.

  33. January 31, 2010

    last time i said”’educate each other from the bottom up’! now i will add…’tighten the rules/order where toruist frequent’. OECS UNITY….SINGLE MARKET, CARICOM carry go…etc! many questions on the direction we are planing to take1 imagine 3 heads at a Caricom youth summit….alas!!! alas…!!!

    papers universal for all regional travel….block the bad ones! tighten up dominica..tighten up!

  34. January 31, 2010

    Yes dominica ur name jus had to call!Wey wey wey dominicans please stay out of trouble,all you jus have to bring all you bad ways all over the place.All you know dat we are wavette duva pool.s*** man!

  35. unknown
    January 31, 2010

    unless we come to our senses and realised (policy makers) that it`s time to take these perpetrators off the streets and communities there will be lots of problems. It`s time to send a strong message to these guys you kill the state should take your life in return. Please bring back capital punishment to reduce crime. Crime is increasing so it indicates that our laws are not working.

    • LET GOD JUDGE
      March 20, 2010

      its sad even to think wat the family is going through. Will keep u in my prayers. I really hate went u silly ppl talk abt GO HOME. That’s the first thing u narcissistic stupid ppl talk abt when a foreigner is accused of committing a crime. U ppl act like u don’t travel and we all know nobody like america like u antiguan. Stop this b.s and stop telling ppl to go home bcuz if u take a close look at ur country u will c majority of the crime committed is by same antiguans.antigua is a nice place but its the stupid ppl that live there that’s really the criminals. Try to uplift ur island instead of insisting the downfall bcuz if foreigners don’t come there u guys wud be eating salt. How wud u feel to no u went to a country to start a knew life and then all of a sudden they rounding up foreigner to send back home? I no u wud not want to go so stop using that slang go back way u come frm or go home its loosing its taste and it proves how silly one is.get beta government, beta police and get persons who are will to make a difference instead of looking at nationality. If this guy really did commit this horrific crime God have mercy on his soul but u ppl off antigua start accepting ppl for who there are……..regardless of nationality.

      • Anonymous
        July 5, 2011

        It is a shame for us to go to other countries and commit crime.However the heart of man is desperately wicked, had it not been for God in our lives we would act the same way. Let us pray for our people and our country. Only God can change the hearts and lives of man. parents please train your children well from the craddle so that when they grow up they will know right from wrong.We are departing from Gods principles taht why these things happen. Let us turn back to God. Pray for our people Thats the only thing that will help.Remember both the victor and the victim.Let us be sympathetic towards others.May God speak to his heart while he is incarcerated.

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