St. Romain tastes partial freedom after almost 10 years on remand

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St. Romain tastes partial freedom after almost 10 years on remand
St. Romain was on remand for almost 10 years.
St. Romain was on remand for almost 10 years.

After spending almost 10 years on remand, Eugene St Romain, who is charged for the rape and murder of 13-year-old Verlinda Joseph, was finally able to make bail today, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.

St. Romain was brought down from the Bordelais Correctional Facility today to sign his bond and leave the custody of the State until his next trial date.

He spent his first moments of freedom speaking to the media and hanging with friends.

The defendant was granted $60,000 bail over a year ago but had been unable to come up with the money.

His attorney Martinus Francois has fought many battles against the State over his client’s constitutional rights. One of those battles was won several years ago with the High Court granting bail.

Though St. Romain has successfully made bail, thanks to a charity effort, he now faces the trial of the rape and murder of the teenager whose body was found in a banana field in December 2002.

St. Romain, the victim’s stepfather, was arrested and charged for the death in 2004. Since then he has been on remand until he was able to make bail today.

St. Romain is among several St. Lucians who are languishing in the local prison on remand for more than five years – a trend which has attracted the concern of the United States in several human rights reports.

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  1. justice system stinks in Saint Lucia they trying to play international and they eh ready yet,if it was their child they would have given him a harder sentence,if it was my child he would be a dead man

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  2. It's very confusing, I read the entire story from day one. Im not a judge, but I believe he has some answers to the story. I think he knows wht happen to this girl.

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  3. The difficulty with this story is the man has sat for 10 years in a prison cell without a trial. And the country is none the wiser of the facts in the case since the state has yet to present its case. That is not justice! 10 years I mean come on. This is why criminals laugh at our system and other counties frown upon it. No one should be confined to a prison cell for 10 years, in essence serving a prison sentence when they have not been given a trial! Outrageous! Shame shame on us! If the man had been tried and been found guilty heck I would be saying let him rot there. This is a failed justice sytem.

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    • Couldn't agree with you more. It's nice to see an intelligent voice....a voice of reason and sanity,thanks again.

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  4. What a joke the justice system is. How can you leave someone ten years without trial!! All you saying what about the girl, what about if he is innocent and you've caged him up for a decade! How would you feel if that was you? Wouldn't you want people supporting you?

    The authorities should have put their case together quickly and tried the man in court. Lucians - you should be ashamed of yourselves.

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  5. That is pure bull,hence the reason y crime will never stop.they do the crime and don't serve the time.Poor child may her soul rest in peace.

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  6. innoent till proven guilty, if they could have proven him guilty he wouldnt have granted bail, supposing his innocent after the 10 yr he spend on remand

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  7. Apparently dead people tell no tales, and she died so she was at fault. How come only criminals have human rights, what about the victims, I am not saying that he did the crime but where is the justice.

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  8. YOU DONT GET SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE.WHY WAS HE ARRESTED? DID THEY HAVE ANY REASON TO ARREST HIM? IF SO, WHY IS HE OUT ON BAIL?

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  9. "Innocent until proven guilty" or is it "Guilty until proven innocent" don't matter how we put it 5-10 years and still no trial is some bullshit.

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  10. so much for justice in dis damn country, but don't worry he gonna do sum again to go bk deh for life, bastard

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  11. TALKING ABOUT JUSTICE. WHERE IS THE DAMN JUSTICE FOR HIS DAUGHTER VERLINDA JOSEPH. THE INVESTIGATOR OR THAT CASE NEEDS TO BE FIRED.

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  12. Ten years on remand he has already serve his time why try him again? The justice system in St.Lucia needs a purdge the worst in the Caribbean.

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  13. This whole "remand" thing, does not make sense. I don't quite understand why someone has to serve ten years in prison, then they are able to post bail after the ten years ??? What is wrong with the legal system. i thought charities only give money to noble causes, such as dental care, health care, floods, etc. Not to criminals who have been convicted of rape and murder. This makes no sense. The man has served ten years in jail, its either he gets out and lives a hopefully peaceful life, or its either the court gives him more years in a cell. And they should stop this remand bullshit ! Just say he is in custody until a judge can give him the proper sentencing . The UN or the United states government needs to look into these nefarious cases, cause it seems like the legal system is corrupt ! Or since the country has an undying allegiance with their former colonizers the Brits, they can seek help there. Just saying !

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  14. I am so sick and tired of the court system in st.Lucia. U rape they ask for money, you kill they ask for money. Where is the JUSTICE in this land. And furthermore we have ppl pleading for human rites. What's about the VICTIMS??

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  15. He can enjoy himself now but hope he gets what he deserves at his trial which I am hoping is soon

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