Three Plead Not Guilty to Murder Charges in Dominica High Court

Three individuals plead not guilty to murder charges in Dominica, while police seize over 1,500 lbs of cocaine in a major drug bust, highlighting the country's ongoing efforts to combat crime and maintain public safety.

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Three Plead Not Guilty to Murder Charges in Dominica High Court

Three Plead Not Guilty to Murder Charges in Dominica High Court

Three individuals appeared before the Dominica High Court on April 15, 2024, pleading not guilty to separate murder charges. Samron Thomas and Marvin Albert were accused of murdering Damien Ernest on June 27, 2020, while Johnny Vivian Phillip was charged with killing Timothy Avandale Anselm between March 6-9, 2020.

Two other defendants, Francis Joseph and Etinoffe Thomas, also pleaded not guilty to charges of Causing Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) with Intent. The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) sought an adjournment for the indictment reading of a St. Lucian man, Casey Kennedy, who was charged with Causing GBH with Intent as well.

In addition to the murder and GBH cases, a well-known individual pleaded not guilty to a rape charge. The DPP also filed a notice of discontinuance against Claudius Letang, who was previously charged with theft.

The police in Dominica have made significant progress in their fight against illegal drug trafficking. Acting Police Chief Davidson Valerie praised the efforts of the police force after a major drug bust in Cabana Marigot, where they seized 696.82 kilograms (1,533 pounds) of cocaine worth an estimated EC$18,616,870.25. Valerie stated that the seizure signifies the determination, hard work, and commitment of the police to prevent drug traffickers from using Dominica for their illegal trade.

One individual has been arrested in connection with the Castle Bruce drug bust, and the police are continuing their efforts to pursue and bring the traffickers to justice.

Why this matters: The recent developments in the Dominica High Court and the successful drug bust highlight the ongoing efforts of law enforcement to combat crime and maintain public safety in the country. The cases serve as a prompt of the importance of the justice system in holding individuals accountable for their actions and the dedication of the police force in tackling illegal drug trafficking.

Acting Police Chief Davidson Valerie commended the police force for their hard work and commitment in the fight against drug trafficking, stating, "The seizure signifies their determination, hard work, and commitment to preventing drug traffickers from using Dominica for their illegal trade." The police remain focused on pursuing and bringing the perpetrators to justice, with one arrest already made in connection with the Castle Bruce drug bust.

Key Takeaways

  • 3 individuals pleaded not guilty to murder, GBH charges
  • Police seized 696.82 kg of cocaine worth $18.6M in Dominica
  • 1 arrest made in connection with the Castle Bruce drug bust
  • Police praised for efforts to combat drug trafficking in Dominica
  • Rape charge and theft case also heard in Dominica High Court