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

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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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Festival Dwivés Kick Off today

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by: September 30, 2022

Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) and Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) will kick off the series of Festival Dwivés this Friday, September 30th, as part of the promotion for the 22nd World Creole Music Festival (WCMF). Every Festival Dwivé will provide a thematic feel as each one features a different music genre. This Friday, the Festival Dwivé will have a cadence and compas feel and will feature D Rush, DJ Oozie, DJ Pro, Sankofa and AfriKulture Stilt Walkers. Season ticket specials will be on sale for EC$300.

The Festival Dwivés will be held every Friday leading up to the World Creole Music Festival and will feature a mix of local music and cultural talent. There will also be opportunities to win sponsored prizes and purchase season ticket specials. The Festivals and Events Assistant, Kerwin Jno Baptiste gave more information on the dwives.


Mr. Jno Baptiste then gave details on the entertainment that can be expected at these dwives.

Regarding the DFC’s Hotspots, the Festivals and Events Assistant gave an overview of how these events have been going and also announced the remaining hotspots of the season.

Festivals and Events Assistant, Kerwin Jno Baptiste



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Under 15 boys’ football league set to resume this weekend, after COVID-19 setbacks

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(l-r) DOC president Billy Doctove, DFA PRO Gerald George, DFA Technical Director Jerome Bardouille

Technical Director of the Dominica Football Association, Jerome Bardouille said training Dominica’s young football players is essential for the future development of our national teams.

The Dominica Football Association hosted a press conference on Thursday, September 29, at the football house to launch its sponsors of the Under 15 boys league.

It was announced that the league will begin this weekend to provide the youth the opportunity to play against themselves after the setbacks from COVID-19.

“Training young players [is] essential for the future of our national teams and so association and clubs have a huge responsibility to develop football in the country. I had the opportunity to meet with club representatives to show the state of football in our country and we were able to take a look [at] our present gaps and how they are affecting our outputs,” Bardouille said in his address

He noted there was an overwhelming competition for partnership among the clubs and technical department to address their “shortcomings” and to work together to improve football from the base in order to have good senior players.

“I see the lack of desire, commitment, and willingness to go the extra mile and to put in place the structure required to elevate the level of our game and I will therefore say success will be achieved through hard work.”

He added that it was unfortunate that they were unable to continue the league in 2021 as COVID presented an unfortunate barrier as far as youth development. The technical officer stated that this is the chance clubs have been anticipating.

“The league will commence this weekend that has so much to offer to the young men in our care. Football can be described as the school of life through which valuable skills can be taught such as teamwork, dedication, and perseverance.”

Bardouille said through healthy competition, young people are taught the importance of teamwork and cooperation balanced by good sportsmanship.

“There are no shortcuts to success as players’ minds need to be made up to work hard and I hope that this league will be taken seriously and coaches will put a plan together for development of the game.”





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Dominica Gov’t and DFC launch first-ever “Ti Vilaj Kweyol”

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by: September 30, 2022

The Dominica Government in collaboration with the Dominica Festivals Committee has officially launched “Ti Vilaj Kweyol, Tout Biteh Domnique” that will take the place of the Flow Creole in the Park from October 24-27, 2022.

Ti Vilaj Kweyol is a collaboration of the Government of Dominica and the Ministries of Culture, Trade, Agriculture, and Tourism.

Communications Officer in the Ministry of Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security, Petra Grell-Shillingford gave an overview of what to expect at the daytime event.


Communications Officer in the Ministry of Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security, Petra Grell-Shillingford.

Meantime, Minister for Trade, Hon. Ian Douglas says the event will be of a new upgraded and exciting twist.

Minister for Trade, Hon. Ian Douglas.

Two participants of the Ti Vilaj Kweyol, Glen Cyrille (the Cassava Man) and Pamela Guiste of the Bagatelle Pork Group also gave a sneak sample of what can be expected at the event from their contributions.

Participants of the Ti Vilaj Kweyol, Glen Cyrille (the Cassava Man) and Pamela Guiste of the Bagatelle Pork Group.



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