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Murder Accused Victor Creedland Granted 100,000 Bail

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Bail in the sum of one hundred thousand dollars (EC$100,000.00) with two sureties, on the charge of Non-Capital Murder was granted to Victor Creedland, a farmer of Malmount, St. David, on Wednesday by Hight Court Justice Victoria Charles-Clarke.

Creedland was bailed following a short hearing before Justice Clerk where an application was made having regard to all of the surrounding circumstances and the defendant would have spent close to four years on remand awaiting trial.
Creedland was slapped with a charge of a non-capital murder charge in 2019. The charge intentionally caused the death of sixty-two-year-old Shirley Thomas of St. David by unlawful harm. According to the allegation, the decrease was struck in the head sometime between the 11th and 12th September 2019. She later succumbed to her injuries while warded at the General Hospital.

Attorney-at-law, Anslem Clouden, who represented Creedland, in an interview with this paper noted that his client hasn’t been acquitted nor was he convicted but was discharged by the judge because the indictment upon which he was charged was invalid. He was, therefore, re-arrested and further charged and the decision for bail was made having regard to the congestion of the court, the length of the criminal list and the fact that there are no court houses appropriately designed to try such matters in the criminal jurisdiction of the court.

He went on that bail application was made on the basis of well-established, well-settled jurisprudence with respect to delay, the constitutional rights to a fair trial within a reasonable time and the fact that Creedland had been awaiting trial for four years and months and was very likely to spend another four years and months awaiting the other one because of the congestive nature of the court docket and the inability to hold proper courts. He believes that the application was justifiable to grant bail to his client under certain conditions.

According to the attorney, bail conditions include, that he ought not to interfere with any witness for the prosecution, nor can he be seen speaking to any one of them, while on bail he is to live two hundred yards away from his son from, where he resided, must report to the St. David’s Police Station every Monday between the hours of 6am and 6pm, must surrender all travel documents and according to Clouden he can get back to his work.

This, Clouden hinted will save the state the approximately sixty-five dollars per day that is what it takes to maintain a prisoner, adding that certain prisoners ought not to be there awaiting trial depending on the circumstances if the public need not be protected from them. If they don’t pose any threat, then they should be out, being productive citizens.

The attorney further added that the Crown Counsel did not object to the granting of bail because of the worthiness of the application and took into consideration the fact that his client was in jail for four years awaiting trial.



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“Sukie” – A repeated offender

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Controversial Dominica entertainer 36-year old Shane “Sukie Burn Brain” Edwards is once again in trouble with the law but not in his homeland.

Known by others as “Sukie”, the artiste was arrested in Grenada last weekend and charged by police with one count of Indecent Assault.

Several Dominicans are not surprised at the arrest with many describing the entertainer as a time bomb when it comes to running into trouble with the law.

One Dominican told THE NEW TODAY that “Sukie” is considered as a “repeated” offender and is not considered as “a favourite” in the country.

“He is challenged with good discipline and regularly in trouble with the law. Members of the public tried and continue to try to assist him to be a good citizen but he is not showing sign of coming around,” he said.

The Dominican also pointed to allegations surrounding Sukie of sexual misconduct on a visit to neighbouring St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

“There was a report where Sukie went to SVG and did the same thing as in Grenada with a 15 year old but for some strange reason was given a slap on the hand and there was no charge filed,” he remarked.

According to the Dominican resident, many have always been fearful that he will cause embarrassment to the country.

Sukie was also arrested in Dominica and charged with battery on a female and threat and was remanded in custody for the alleged offence.

However, he was given bail after a month in the lock up.

His trial for the offence of threat and battery is scheduled for a hearing in the Roseau Magistrate court on Tuesday.

Since his release in October, the artist has performed at many events around the Caribbean region.

The entertainer travelled to Grenada over the weekend to perform alongside other artistes but was picked up by Police on Friday night following a criminal complaint from a guest who was staying at the same hotel with him.

Sukie was charged on Saturday, was denied bail and could not perform at the show.

He appeared before Chief Magistrate Teddy St Louis on Monday but was again denied bail and sent to the Richmond Hill prison on Remand.

Under Grenada’s Criminal Code, the charge of “indecent assault” is a summary offence that carries a maximum prison sentence of 5 years.



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History & culture of the eastern Caribbean islands

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The Eastern Caribbean is a region that includes a number of small island nations and territories in the Caribbean Sea. These islands have a rich history and culture that have been shaped by a variety of influences, including African, Caribbean, European, and indigenous peoples.

The first inhabitants of the Eastern Caribbean were indigenous peoples who migrated to the region thousands of years ago. These people included the Arawaks, Caribs, and Tainos, who were skilled farmers, fishermen, and craftsmen.

The first European explorers to reach the Eastern Caribbean were the Spanish, who arrived in the region in the late 15th century. The Spanish claimed the islands for their own and began to establish settlements, plantations, and mines. However, they were soon challenged by the English, French, and Dutch, who also wanted to control the region.

The Eastern Caribbean became a battleground for these European powers, who fought over control of the islands for more than two centuries. The islands were eventually divided among the European powers, with the English, French, and Dutch each controlling a number of islands.

During this period, the islands became a melting pot of cultures, with African slaves brought to the region to work on the plantations, and Europeans, Africans, and indigenous peoples mixing and intermingling. This led to the development of a unique culture and identity for the Eastern Caribbean, which is still evident today.

Today, the Eastern Caribbean is a diverse and vibrant region with a rich history and culture. The islands are known for their beautiful beaches, stunning natural scenery, and vibrant music and dance traditions. The region also has a thriving tourism industry, with many visitors coming to the islands to experience the unique culture and beauty of the Eastern Caribbean.

In addition to its rich history and culture, the Eastern Caribbean is also known for its natural beauty. The islands are home to a variety of landscapes, including white sandy beaches, lush rainforests, and mountains. The region is also home to a number of protected areas and national parks, which are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including many species that are found nowhere else in the world.

The Eastern Caribbean is also an important economic region, with many of the islands relying on tourism as a major source of income. The region is also known for its production of spices, particularly nutmeg, which is one of the main exports of the region. In addition, the islands are home to a number of small-scale industries, including fishing, agriculture, and manufacturing.

The Eastern Caribbean is also a popular destination for sailors, with many of the islands offering excellent sailing conditions and a number of marinas and yacht clubs. The region is also home to a number of major sailing events, including the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers and the Caribbean 600 race.

Overall, the Eastern Caribbean is a fascinating and diverse region with a rich history, culture, and natural beauty. The islands offer a wide range of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy, from relaxing on beautiful beaches to exploring the region’s vibrant culture and history.

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Dominican Entertainer Jailed for Six Months

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A Dominican entertainer has been sentenced to six months in prison here, on a conviction of two counts of indecent assault.

Chief Magistrate, Teddy St. Louis sent Shane Edwards, aka, Sunkie to jail today, Friday December 2 after he was arrested on Saturday for inappropriately touching a female.

Edwards, 36, an entertainer from Roseau Dominica was in Grenada to perform at a show last Saturday evening



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