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7 plead guilty as 2017 January Criminal Session begins

by: Dominica Vibes News - January 10, 2017
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Seven men pleaded guilty to separate charges before the high court on Tuesday 10 January when the 2017 January Criminal Assizes commenced.

McDonald Lafond, who is accused of causing grievous bodily harm to Brian Ryan of Massacre on April 5th 2011, pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on Friday, January 13th 2017.

Eddison Pemberton also pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to Bianca Blanchard of Roseau, on November 23rd 2015 and will be sentenced on February 10th 2017.

Migel Samuel pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, after injuring Bithan Valmond of Sineku on November 9th 2013, and will be sentenced on January 13th 2017.

Christopher Jervier pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful wounding and causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He is set to return before the court for trial during January but a date was not fixed.

Anthony Mingo, was is charged with setting fire to the dwelling house of Tony Mingo in Concord, pleaded guilty to the charge, and will appear before the court on February 3rd 2016.

However, Mingo pleaded not guilty to setting fire to the dwelling house of Allison James of Concord. Mingo will undergo a psychiatric evaluation and a social inquiry report is to be conducted before his sentencing.

Antonio Charlie Matthew, Lindon St. Louis, Leroy Williams and Bryan Dorival, all pleaded not guilty to separate chares of causing death by reckless driving.

Dorival’s trial will begin on January 30th 2017; however a trial date was not fixed for the others.

Three men pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful sexual intercourse, and indecent assault and are to appear before the court at a later date while another pleaded not guilty to one count of rape and one count of indecent assault.

One man, who was charged with two counts of bestiality, pleaded not guilty to both counts. The names of these individuals cannot be disclosed unless they are found guilty in keeping with the sexual offences act.

Yulong Xie, Jianhui Wen, and Yong Zhong all pleaded guilty to charges of theft, after being accused of stealing one hundred and four thousand, seven hundred and five EC dollars from the National Bank of Dominica. They will be sentenced at a later date in the trial.

Denison Langlais, who was accused of stealing a nine-millimeter gun, worth two thousand, seven hundred dollars, from Letis Peter of Massacre, pleaded not guilty and will appear before the high court on January 27th 2017 for case management.