Salisbury man charged with attempted murder denied bail; attorney begs for consistency in the court

A 34-year-old bus driver from the community of Salisbury is now an inmate at the Dominica State Prison.

Jefferson Casimir, a 34-year-old bus driver from the community of Salisbury is now an inmate at the Dominica State Prison following a charge of attempted murder preferred against him by the police.

It is alleged that on September 17, 2022, at Salisbury, Casimir attempted to kill 45-year-old Sampson Langlais with a firearm. When Casimir appeared before Chief Magistrate Candia Carrette-George, the charge was read to him but he was not required to enter a plea since the matter is an indictable offense and is expected to be heard before a judge and jury.

At the hearing, police prosecutor, Inspector Davidson Cadette objected to bail due to the severity of the offense. He stated the alleged crime was committed with the use of a firearm and the said weapon has not yet been recovered by the police. Inspector Cadette added, should the accused be granted bail, the police fears that Casimir may depose the firearm thereby perverting the course of justice.

Another ground for the prosecution’s objection to bail is that the victim in the matter is “terrified and fearful for his life.” However, in response to the prosecution’s objection, defense attorney, Wayne Marsh, insisted that there was no evidence to support the above claims. He told the court, “this is a situation where someone has made a mere allegation against my client. No one was injured and the accused’s home was searched for three days by the police and no firearm was found.”

According to the attorney, Casimir who is the brother of the Parliamentary Representative for the Salisbury constituency, Hector John, is an asset to his community hence it will not be in the public’s interest to deny him bail. “He owns two buses and the people of Salisbury rely on him on [a] daily bases for transportation.” Marsh posited that the primary principle of bail is to secure the defendant’s attendance at court and should not be used as a means of punishment.

“Recently a police officer was granted bail for attempted murder and someone was severely injured. In this situation, not even a fly was hurt and the liberty of this man who has never been convicted of any crime…is being asked to be taken away from him” he averred. “Justice must flow from a stream that is even,” the attorney declared. “If this prosecution can have no objection to bail in a situation where a person was shot multiple times, then the same can be done for someone who stands charged on a mere allegation.”

In response to the defense attorney application, Inspector Cadette said the court deals with each case on its own merit and contended that the prosecution’s objection was laid out without fear, malice, or ill will but simply pursuant to section 7:1 (a) of the bail act. “There was an attempt to commit murder,” he stressed. “The firearm in question is critical to the police investigation as we want to rid the streets of illegal weapons. We cannot treat matters of firearms with callous disregard.”

In advancing his objection, Inspector Cadette added, “the public has an interest in what goes in the court and looks to us for protection. The defendant has a right and so does the public and we must protect their right to a safe society.” In handing down her decision, the Chief Magistrate said she must take the law and the public’s interest into consideration in her ruling.

“A serious offense was allegedly committed and I would like to give the police some time to complete their investigation. Bail is not denied indefinitely but let the dust settle.” She granted the prosecution’s request of one week to allow the police to complete their investigations before bail is reconsidered.

The matter was adjourned to December 16, 2022, at the St. Joseph Magistrate court for Preliminary Inquiry (PI).

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15 Comments

  1. The Darkness
    September 26, 2022

    Seriously… Everyone should have a gun and life insurance. Then there would be less crime and more justice.

    Criminals would think twice if they were to attempt their nonsense.

    Downside being people these days have little to no self-control.

  2. Run DMC
    September 26, 2022

    Mr is menace he like to look people trouble, I saw him harassing and provoking people on different occasions.

  3. Justice / Injustice
    September 26, 2022

    What was the charge conferred on the son of former inspector Lestrade who shot someone in the head in the presence of numerous witnesses? Asking for my neighbor.

  4. Man bite dogs
    September 25, 2022

    IF for example it had been a labour supporter that was charged with attempted murder, every little blue monkeys including ugly Lenny, would be swinging from brunches to brunches singing that labour supporter must be jailed no question asked bloody hypocrites.

  5. Man bite dogs
    September 25, 2022

    This guy was charged with attempted murder therefore must pay for his stupid act , no if no but a minimum of 10 years jail in my opinion.

  6. Kevin
    September 24, 2022

    I am trying to understand this. What evidence was produced that led to the person’s arrest? An eye witness? Were there gun shots fired or bullet recovered? Cause if it’s just an allegation, anyone can say “Mr tried to kill me with a gun” and then get someone thrown in prison without bail for attempted murder of all things. Please make it make sense.

  7. Marcus
    September 23, 2022

    If this had be a DLP member he wouldn’t have been charged. Dominicas judicial system is riddled with corruption.

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  8. Frank N Stein
    September 23, 2022

    Somebody help me here. Was the victim injured with a firearm? Maybe its me but as if this reads like a threat and not actual injury?

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  9. Bwa-Banday
    September 22, 2022

    So wait a minute here! A man is charged with attempted murder, taken to court and not a single weapon has been found? Granted, he could use his body parts to kill but mention was made of a gun which means that this charge is centered around a gun. Not saying another charge could not be laid.. battery? assault? threats? Charge and detain on those if they played a part but not attempted murder with a firearm and even remanding the man on that charge yet they have not found the said firearm. That Chief Magistrate needs to wake up.

    Talk about upside down investigation…..that CDPF under this BS leadership will never learn. Or just maybe they wanted this guy so bad any charge will do just to teach him a lesson but that is not justice. In the meantime its alleged the Roseau Snipers owned by Molly the Dumb BOOWICK are walking around daily very well armed and dangerous like they run things…..smmfh

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  10. John Doe
    September 22, 2022

    No firearm, Nobody hurt and no bail ??? Court system is a complete joke and needs to get it together, this makes no sense..

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  11. The Unjust Judge
    September 22, 2022

    Two reasons why he was denied bail:
    1. He is from Salisbury
    2. He is the brother of the opposition parliamentary Hector John

    Forget everything the hypocrite Chief Magistrate and others said because they are all working for Satan.

    When Roosevelt Skerrit was accused of possessing a French passport which disqualified him to be a minister of government the police refused to investigate the matter and instead asked the opposition to bring proof, although they all knew he had that passport. Today a man is accused of threatening a person with a gun not only is he arrested and jailed but police and the hypocrite magistrate are saying they need time to investigate and find the gun.
    Chief magist George, do you remember the case of Bobbles who pointed an unlicensed gun on a female reporter? Was he arrested or jailed? Today is he not a lay minister of your church pastored by you husband? You see how evil you all are? When God visits I hope people don’t say is Obia

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  12. Jonathan Y St Jean
    September 22, 2022

    Dominca has a mongoose police force and a mongoose court system. The defendant’s lawyer is right that justice must flow from a stream that is even. It also might be that politics is coming in to further tarnish the judiciary. We’re living in a period where some in authority have lost their sense of shame and believe that might is right so they can do as they damn well please and get away with it.

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  13. Ibo France
    September 22, 2022

    It’s my conviction that if you attempt to take another’s life you should bear the severe st consequences.

    Having said that, the officer who shot an unarmed civilian multiple times should never have received bail. The local justice system seems to favour the well connected.

    The last institution that gets corrupted in a country is the justice system. When this becomes corrupted, the whole of society disintegrates. Dominica is a pariah among her English speaking contemporaries.

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  14. Workers of Iniquity
    September 22, 2022

    We have a lot of so called Christians in Dominica today that have become workers of iniquity and the magistrate in question is one. This one is a pastor’s wife and daughter of a former police commissioner who failed to arrest the person who bombed the house of GON Emmanuel on the Christmas morning of 2009. Then we are also dealing with a very corrupt police department, court and judiciary that are all workers of iniquity.
    So you mean to tell me that police have not investigated a matter and yet, based on an allegation of attempted murderer they could arrest and jail a person?
    Everything is upside down in Dominica. “Inspector Cadette said the court deals with each case on its own merit” but he failed to add based on who is involved. In this case it is the brother of the parliamentary representative , who is a member of the minority, so expect all the workers of iniquity to go all out

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