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With a ‘Not Guilty‘ verdict handed down by a Jury in last weeks murder case were 21 year old Issa Alleyne, son of prominent Attorney-at-Law Peter Alleyne was acquitted on murder charges with respect to the death of Wayne Dalrymple. The incident occurred on Carnival Tuesday 2006 when a man was reportedly seen stabling the deceased.

According to one Reporter for the Chronicle Newspaper, Mr. Carlisle Jno Baptiste who after following the Wayne Dalrymple murder case proceeding for the last four days found that the prosecution case was weak, and they were unable to show substantial evidence to prove that it was Mr.Alleyne who committed the crime. He went to say, that if there is any doubt in the minds of the member jury – the end result would be to rule in favor of the accused. And therefore he sees the verdict handed down to be just.

The courts decision to set Mr. Alleyne free was not taken easily by many Dominicans, including the mother of the deceased, Norma Dalrymple. She expressed great disappointment in the police and justice systems here in Dominica, and I can honestly say that anyone understand why she feels that way. Also one can argue that the decision to acquit Alleyne of all charges rested on the position that his father holds.
It really saddens me that with two eye witnesses and camera view the prosecutors couldn’t get a guilty verdict in this murder case. I would really like someone to explain this to me, until then it is my belief that the Justice System has failed the people yet again. Which mother is next to see another murderer go free?

My question to the Police Public Relations Officer Mr. Claude Weeks – What happens now, do we file this case like all the other unsolved murder cases? My God people… someone lost their life.

This is so disturbing because there is a tendency to believe that persons can commit murder and get away with it. This murder case has made a mockery of the Justice systems here in Dominica. What next should persons do? I’m afraid if the murders continue and the police are unable to apprehend the criminals, people will be forced to take matters into their own hands. Given all the number of illegal guns circulating around, it is not far-fetched to think that people will their justice themselves. Something’s gotta give.

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