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UPDATE: Local journalist further remanded behind bars

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A local journalist has been formally charged with rape, reliable sources have confirmed. The journalist reportedly appeared in the First District Court in Castries today for a bail hearing. However, the magistrate ordered him remanded. However, St. Lucia News Online (SNO) understands that the journalist’s lawyer has filed or will file a bail application which may be givena hearing later ...

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Remorseful-looking girlfriend killer appears in court

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Peter Donovan, the man accused of killing his girlfriend on her birthday, appeared in the Gros Islet court today (Friday, March 10) for the first time. Donovan, who was handcuffed and appeared close to tears, was not required to plead to the indictable charge of non-capital murder, and was remanded in prison until his next court date on May 5, ...

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“This is what you get when you try to help?” – Sahab’s sister

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The family of Canadian Sahab Jamshidi believes the recently-concluded criminal case may have ruined his medical career, according to a report in HamiltonNews.com. Sahab, 34, was on Thursday, Feb. 23 ordered by the High Court to pay a fine of $75,000 for the February 2015 drowning death of four-year-old of Terrell Joshau Elibox, also known as TJ. The money was reportedly ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Sahab Jamshidi ordered to pay up or jail

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Sahab Jamshidi is a free man. The Canadian national, who was charged in connection with the drowning death of four-year-old Terrel ‘TJ Elibox in early 2015, was today, as part of his sentencing in the High Court, was ordered to pay $75,000 in compensation to the estate of the deceased or serve three years in jail till paid. Jamshidi has reportedly ...

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St. Lucian, Venezuelans caught with over US$500,000 cash appear in court

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Three men, including a St. Lucian, who have been charged with money laundering in connection with the possession of over US$500,000 in cash in two separate incidents, appeared in court today. St. Lucian Anthony Jaye was granted $18,000 bail or suitable surety and ordered to report to the Rodney Bay Police Station three times weekly. He was also ordered to surrender ...

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Man charged for killing father in Pavee

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A 26-year-old man charged with killing his father, appeared in the Gros Islet Magistrate’s Court today. Ezra Smith is accused of stabbing his father, 51-year-old Charles Augustin, at their Pavee, Castries residence on Friday, Feb. 3. A post mortem revealed that Augustin died as a result of hemorrhagic shock secondary to stab wound to the left chest, according to a police ...

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Bail for students charged with assaulting Babonneau cop

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Three male students who were arrested for assaulting a police officer in front the Babonneau Police Station on Monday (Jan. 30), were granted bail when they appeared in court today. Rashard Remy, 16, of Morne Du Don and Gurshan James, 16, of La Croix, Babonneau, were charged for the offences of disorder or causing obstruction, resisting lawful arrest and assault. ...

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Lambirds Academy saga settled; CEO still faces charges

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Over two years of countless court hearings and equal delays, students of Lambirds Academy, have finally received a fair deal. This is according to the island’s Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Daasrean Greene, who said the matter was settled through mediation between the owners of Lambirds Academy and the affected students. The attorney representing Chief Executive Officer Dr. Iftekhar Shams, said that ...

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St. Lucian living illegally in Canada sentenced for fatally stabbing “peacemaker”

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SASKATOON STARPHOENIX — He was a “peacemaker” who died trying to protect others. On Thursday, a packed Saskatoon courtroom heard raw, emotional statements from family and friends of Dustin Boulet, who was fatally stabbed while celebrating his 29th birthday at Bridges Ale House on March 1, 2014. “Dustin was a great human being who loved his community and it’s not justified ...

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Vanessa Gibson-Marks disbarred from England and Wales

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Former St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) High Court Registrar, Vanessa Tamara Gibson-Marks, has been disbarred from the Bar of England and Wales by an independent disciplinary tribunal hearing on January 16, 2017, according to the Bar Standards Board (BSB). The order follows charges brought by the BSB. The standards of professional conduct for barristers called to the Bar of England and ...

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St. Lucian charged with murder tells court who stabbed British teen

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A St. Lucian standing trial for murder in the United Kingdom told the court yesterday that it was his former friend and co-defendant who stabbed the victim, according to the Newham Recorder. The 21-year-old, who last summer became the first person to be extradited from St. Lucia to the UK, said from the witness box in the Old Bailey, that the ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Canadian pleads guilty to causing ‘TJ’ Elibox’s death

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The Canadian man held responsible for the drowning death of four-year-old Terrel Joshua Elibox aka TJ, almost two years ago off the Bois Shadon Beach in Vieux Fort, has changed his plea to guilty, reliable souces have told St. Lucia News Online (SNO). Sahab Jamshidi,  who is from Hamilton, Canada, pleaded guilty to causing death by recklessness or gross negligence when he ...

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UPDATED: Ninja Dan talks about priorities after freedom

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Soca artiste Jonathan ‘Ninja Dan’ St. Rose has told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an exclusive interview shortly after his victory at the Court of Appeal that his priority now is “damage control”. St. Rose and his co-accused Lynden Blasse and Marvin Terry Nelson walked out of court free men today, Jan. 18, 2017 after they successfully won their ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Ninja Dan, co-accused are free!

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Soca artiste Jonathan ‘Ninja Dan’ St. Rose and his co-accused Lynden Blasse and Marvin Terry Nelson are free men. Shawn Innocent told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that his clients won their application for a reduced sentence with the Court of Appeal when the matter was heard this morning. Explaining the Court of Appeal’s basis for granting the appeal, Innocent said: “The ...

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UPDATED: Student appears in court for blackmailing senator

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An 18-year-old college student charged for blackmailing Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, Minister in the Ministry of Finance, appeared at the First District Court in Castries Friday afternoon. The student, identified as Curshaby Alexander of Beausejour, Gros Islet, was represented by Attorney Shawn Innocent. She was charged under section 223, subsection 1 of the criminal code. Bail was granted in the sum ...

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St. Lucian jailed in London for raping girls repeatedly for years

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A St. Lucian man living in southeast London, England was on Friday, Jan. 6 sentenced to 13 years in prison for sexual offences against two ‘very young’ girls. The Metropolitan Police in Greater London reported in a news release that Paul Francis, a part-time builder and DJ of Lewisham, London, pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court on December 2, 2016 to ...

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St. Lucian man remanded for attacking his brother in Barbados

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BARBADOS TODAY – A 52-year-old St Lucian man who admitted to unlawfully and maliciously wounding his brother on Christmas Day has been remanded to prison until next year. Terrance Demar of Odessa McClean Drive, The Belle, St Michael pleaded guilty to the offence against Junior Demar. According to prosecutor Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim, the brothers lived in close proximity to each ...

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St. Lucian man pleads guilty to drug trafficking; sentenced to 2 years in prison

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NATION NEWS – St. Lucian Alfred Wayne Simeon will be spending two years in Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds after he was unable to play $15 000 in fines for cocaine-related offences. The 40-year old pleaded guilty to four charges when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch in the District “C” Magistrates’ Court today. Simeon was arrested last Tuesday after he ...

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Driver who struck and killed medical student to be sentenced Monday

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The sentencing of Caleb Antoine of Cedar Heights, Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia, which was initially scheduled for December 7, 2016, for causing the death of Omotayo Morrison through dangerous driving, was adjourned by the presiding judge, Justice Georgis Taylor-Alexander, to December 19, 2016 at 9:00 am at Saint Lucia’s Criminal Court, located on John Compton Highway, Castries. Morrison (fondly called ...

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NOTICE: DPP Chambers

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PRESS RELEASE – The Office of the Director of Public is seeking urgent assistance in locating the following witnesses who are needed urgently for matters before the High Court: * Melvin St.Rose- formally of ciceron. He is asked to get in touch with the Office of the D.P.P. located upstairs the RBTT bank on Micoud Street telephone number 4523636. He ...

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NOTICE: DPP Chambers

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PRESS RELEASE – The Office of the Director of Public is seeking urgent assistance in locating the following witnesses who are needed urgently for matters before the High Court: * Micheal Florent – originally from Barnard Hill. He is asked to get in touch with the Office of the D.P.P. located upstairs the RBTT bank on Micoud Street telphone number ...

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Man remanded in custody after stabbing death in Babonneau

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Murder accused, Kurtly Cadette, 34, today (Monday) made an appearance at the First District court where he was remanded in custody for the death of Talvern, Babonneau resident Elie Mathurin. On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 about 3:40 a.m. Mathurin succumbed to injuries sustained during an altercation with Cadette on Saturday, November 26, 2016 about 2:00 a.m. at Fond Assau, Babonneau. ...

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Bail granted to suspect in 2011 murder of former St. Lucia Carnival Queen contestant

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The man accused of murdering Alisha Hunte, a former St. Lucia Carnival Queen contestant, was granted bail in the sum of $100,000, when he made an appearance at the Criminal Court on Friday. Tristan Francis, the boyfriend of the deceased, who was represented by Attorney-at-Law Leslie Mondesir was charged with the capital offense. He appeared before Justice Francis Cumberbatch. Francis is expected to ...

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New AG commits to improving productivity and creating synergy

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PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia has a new Attorney General and he is ready to get to work on improving the productivity of the various departments which fall under his purview, as well as creating better synergy with other Government departments and organizations. Mr. Stephen Julien, a former Magistrate, was officially presented to the Nation by Governor General Dame Calliopa ...

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Saint Lucia ranked 36 out of 113 countries on rule of law

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PRESS RELEASE – The World Justice Project (WJP) today released the WJP Rule of Law Index® 2016, the annual report measuring how the rule of law is experienced by the general public worldwide. According to the Index, St. Lucia’s overall rule of law performance places it at 8 out of 30 countries in the Latin America & Caribbean region*, 5 ...

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New AG appointed

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has announced the appointment of a new Attorney General (AG) in the person of former Saint Lucia Consul General to Canada and former magistrate Stephen Julien. The prime minister made this disclosure on Wednesday evening during a live television interview. Chastanet said he has tremendous respect for Julien, describing him as a man of energy, vision ...

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DPP to give priority to IMPACS matter, backlog cases

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Newly-appointed Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Daasrean Greene said his top priority is to ensure that the matter involving the alleged extra-judicial killings, and the backlog of court cases are addressed soon. “Also, as we know, there is public concern about what we call the extrajudicial killings. I aim from today to conduct full investigations into these matters in trying to ...

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Daasrean Greene officially sworn in as new DPP

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Attorney-at-Law Daasrean Greene was officially sworn in as the country’s new Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), this morning at Government House. Greene, whose contract will last for one year, took the oath of office before Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy. He will have the task of deciding on whether to appoint a special prosecutor to deal with both the IMPACS Lambirds cases. ...

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Speak Out St. Lucia calls for enforcement of laws against witness tampering

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PRESS RELEASE — Speak Out St. Lucia (S.O.S.) calls on law enforcement authorities to enforce the laws relating to witness tampering in Saint Lucia. It has been brought to the attention of Speak Out St. Lucia that many victims and witnesses in sexual and physical abuse cases have been approached by individuals intending for them to withdraw or not proceed further with cases ...

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Several witnesses due to testify in Lambirds ‘human trafficking’ trial

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The largest human trafficking trial in Saint Lucia, linked to Lambirds Academy scandal, has officially commenced. The matter started on October 4, with one witness giving evidence and being cross-examined the next day. It will continue on Wednesday, October 12, when several other witnesses are due to testify. The trial is before Senior Magistrate Kristine Fulcher. The defunct institution’s Chief ...

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Government pledges to support Office of the DPP

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PRESS RELEASE – A call has been made for the populace to rally behind the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the new Acting Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mr. Daarsrean C.G. Greene who will officially assume his post on October 17, 2016. Minister for Home Affairs and National Security Hon. Minister Senator Hermangild Francis said on Wednesday, October 5, that despite ...

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Mary Francis pleased with choice for DPP

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Human rights activist Mary Francis has welcomed the appointment of Daasrean Greene as the new Director of Public Prosecution (DPP). Greene will officially begin working on October 17, 2016. The coordinator of the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights said Greene is ‘competent,’ given his years of experience as a defense lawyer in the Criminal Court. “I think he ...

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PM says he may ask for special prosecutor in Lambrids case

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CMC – Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, says he will ask newly appointed Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Daasrean Greene to explore the possibility of getting a special prosecutor to deal with the so-called Lambrids case. “We have to try to make sure that there is a fair trial because there were a lot of allegations made that the former government ...

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DPP to be appointed soon

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A popular criminal lawyer will be appointed the new Director of Public of Prosecutions (DPP). Daasrean Greene will be officially appointed to the post of DPP on October 17, 2016. His contract will last for one year. Greene confirmed his appointed with the media on Tuesday and promised to make a formal statement when he is officially sworn in. Greene has been ...

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Chief Justice of ECSC says court interference on the rise

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A statement by Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) regarding growing interference in the justice system, is being used to bolster the case of residents who think it is “not yet” time to adopt the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the final appellate court. Yesterday, Dame Janice Pereria said in a widely broadcast address to mark ...

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Margaret Pratt fears murder case against husband’s suspected killers could fall apart

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Sixty-two-year-old Margaret Pratt, whose husband was murdered here in 2014 while trying to protect her from attackers, is fearful that the case against the alleged killers may fall apart. Pratt told the Telegraph (UK) on Saturday that nearly three years after the murder, she was informed that DNA evidence against the alleged killers had been contaminated and was no longer admissible in court. ...

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Mom still wants to marry St Lucian man who molested her daughter

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A Canadian woman who had expressed a desire to marry her St Lucian boyfriend currently behind bars for sexually abusing her young daughter, remains firm on her decision. The woman whose name cannot be disclosed, was recently slapped with a three-year prison sentence. The Toronto Sun Newspaper said in a recent report that the woman was convicted of criminal negligence ...

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PM makes commitment to address concerns of judiciary

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PRESS RELEASE – Speaking at the Opening of OECS Bar Association’s 13th Regional Law Conference Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet said that the Government recognized the importance of investing in the Judiciary and gave a commitment that the justice system was high on the priority list for Government. The Conference, which is being held from 16th September to 18th September 2016 ...

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Do whatever it takes to get a DPP, Mary Francis tells gov’t

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Saint Lucia has been without a Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for several months now and there is no clear indication as to how soon someone could be appointed to that post. Outspoken attorney and human rights activist Mary Francis is therefore calling on government to do whatever it takes to get that position filled in the next several days, if ...

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Arrest for non-payment of child support explained

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Central Police Station Inspector Gibson Chitolie has described the increase in non-payment of child support as a ‘sad story’, explaining that there are many fathers who are dragged to the court daily. Chitolie who made an appearance on Police Insight on MBC Television on Monday evening said that mothers have every right to take their child’s father to court because they need ...

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Salary scale for DPP could be further upgraded

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Cabinet is now considering to increase the salary scale for Saint Lucia’s Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) from Grade 20 to Grade 21. Consideration is being given to this matter, since the country has not managed to secure the appointment of a a DPP by the Legal and Judicial Service Commission. Home Affairs Minister Hermangild Francis has said that is ...

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Charles-Clarke to serve as resident High Court judge in Dominica

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Former Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Victoria Charles-Clarke will be assigned to the Commonwealth of Dominica as a new judge for the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. An official from the Legal and Judicial Service Commission in Saint Lucia told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Wednesday that Charles-Clarke’s appointment commences on September 20, 2016. In a previous report, SNO stated that Charles-Clarke will ...

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Former DPP appointed judge

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Victoria Charles-Clarke, Saint Lucia’s former Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has been appointed a High Court judge, sources confirmed with St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Monday. Charles-Clarke who started retirement in March 2016, severed as DPP for over 12 years. She had hopes of becoming a judge with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). The former DPP had said ...

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Man who had sex with minor to be charged on Thursday

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A man accused of having sex with a 10-year-old girl will be slapped with two charges on Thursday, Police Press Relations, Assistant Superintendent, Gregory Alexander told St. Lucia News Online (SNO). Alexander said that the man, whose name cannot be disclosed for legal reasons, will face charges for: unlawful sexual connection and for having sexual intercourse with someone under the age of ...

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Lambirds Academy court cases adjourned again

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The court has again adjourned two matters involving the owners and staff of Lambirds Academy who allegedly scammed dozens of foreign nationals. One of the remaining students told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that when a group of students turned up for the court hearing in Castries on Tuesday, they were told that the cases were adjourned. The male student ...

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Woman who knocked down St. Lucian scouts in Guyana jailed

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The woman responsible for the accident that involved three St. Lucian scouts who were in Guyana for a Caribbean Cuboree, was Thursday fined and jailed for 10 months. Demerara Waves News Online reported that Tracy Fordyce, of Cowan Street, Kingston, Georgetown pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and breach of a one-way. The woman was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for ...

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Mary Francis pleads with gov’t to establish compensation tribunal

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Coordinator of the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights, Mary Francis is calling on the new government to establish a compensation tribunal to assist victims who were injured at the hands of police to get compensation. Francis, a human rights activist, said there are a quite a few cases where the evidence revealed that young men suffered injuries ...

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PM seeking legal advice on misfeasance case

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said that he is seeking advice from his lawyers to review his options in terms of proceeding with the misfeasance case that has been reinstated against him. Chastanet told the media on Tuesday that not only are the charges very questionable, but he believes that the matter has put him in a very awkward position, ...

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Bail set at $10,000 for police officer charged with rape

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A police officer accused of raping a woman has been released on bail. The senior police officer was charged with rape and attempting to pervert the course of justice. He allegedly raped a woman in the south of the island on June 7, 2016. A senior police prosecutor told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that bail was set at $10,000. ...

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Mary Francis urges new gov’t to re-open old court house

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Six months have passed since the old court building located on Peynier Street, Castries was due to re-open. Human Rights Activist Mary Francis is therefore appealing to the new administration to move quickly to have the building re-opened, to bring ease to the congestion being experienced in the court system. Francis said it is unacceptable to have legal professionals working ...

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Allow case to proceed unhindered – SLP

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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party welcomes the significant and important decision of the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal to reinstate the charges of Misfeasance in Public Office against Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and former Soufriere Town Clerk, Kenneth Cazaubon and to reverse the High Court ruling on the ownership of the monies used by Mr. Chastanet as ...

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Canadian man’s trial postponed again

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The trial date for the Canadian man who has been charged with causing the drowning death of a four-year-old boy has changed for a second time. Sahab Jamshidi made a court appearance on Monday, where a new trial date was set for January 27, 2017. The trial was originally set for May 3, 2016. Jamshidi’s attorney, Alberton Richelieu, said the trial is being delayed as ...

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Gov’t looking at temporary home for justice system

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The new administration is already making plans to get a temporary home for the entire justice system and will also be looking into building a Hall of Justice in the future. Justice Minister, Hermangild Francis, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in a recent interview that this will help to alleviate some of the issues the court is currently faced ...

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New Deputy DPP working to clear court backlog

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The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has plans to review criminal cases from defense attorneys and police investigations aimed at reducing the heavy case backlog in the court system. Deputy DPP, Stephen Brette, revealed that there are some 1,600 backlog cases which his office hopes to start looking at immediately. However, the newly appointed deputy DPP said ...

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Trio sentenced to 12 years for 2009 Maynard Hill murder

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Three men were sentenced by the High Court for the February 14, 2009 murder of Dwayne ‘Chubby’ James at Maynard Hill, Castries. Jonathan ‘Ninja Dan’ St Rose and co-defendants, Mervyn Nelson and Lynden Blasse, all pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. The judge sentenced the trio to 12 years each, and said the time will be taken into account when the term ...

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Acting DPP appointed

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Less than two weeks after being sworn in, the new government has moved to recommend the appointment of an acting Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) in the person of Sixtus Stephen Brette. This was confirmed with Minister for Home Affairs, Justice and National Security, Hermangild Francis on Wednesday during an exclusive interview with St. Lucia News Online (SNO). The minister said Brette ...

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St Lucian flight attendant free after paying drug fines

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Saint Lucian flight attendant, Deann Pat Portia Plummer, walked free after paying a fine totaling $52,000 and pleading guilty to drugs charges in Barbados. Plummer, 33, was fined $25 000 each for possession and importation of cocaine. She was convicted, remanded and discharged on the former charge and reprimanded and discharged for trafficking. Plummer was fined a further $2,000 for possession of ...

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Case against exotic club owner, staff dropped

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Twelve exotic club employees are free to continue working, after the court dropped all 30 charges filled against them, during a case management hearing on Monday, June 13. The reported owner of the night club, Alexander Jules, said he is happy with the outcome, since he feels that he was personally targeted by a senior member of the Royal Saint ...

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Trial date changed for Canadian man accused in death of 4-y-o boy

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The trial date for a Canadian man who has been charged with the drowning death of a four-year-old boy has moved from May 3rd, 2016 to July 5, 2016. The man’s attorney, Alberton Richelieu, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Friday that the date was changed by the court to allow enough preparation before the trial begins. Richelieu had said he would do ...

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