Court in Dominica sentences local man to 4 years in prison for looting after Hurricane Maria
By TDN Wire Staff
November 10, 2017 11:59 A.M
Widespread looting followed Hurricane Maria on September 18.
St Joseph, Dominica (TDN)
- A magistrateís court in St Joseph, Dominica has sentenced a young man to four years in prison for his purported role in the widespread looting that took place following Hurricane Maria.
TDN was unable to verify the manís identity but reports out of Dominica are that he pleaded guilty to the looting of the Fine food warehouse in Jimmit and police reportedly found in his possession a solar panel, batteries and other looted merchandise.
He is the second person to be sentenced in two weeks for a similar offence. Previously a young man of Portsmouth was sentenced to three years of hard labour after Police claim to have found in his possession items that were reportedly looted.
Several persons in Dominica are deploring the speed with which persons found looting have been brought to court, and the severity of the sentences. Some worry that the prosecution may be biased and targeted since several hundredsí participated at will in the widespread looting.
During the course of five days after Maria, Police stood idly by as hundreds of individuals looted a series of local businesses mainly in the capital city of Roseau.
Over the past two weeks several warrants have been issued as Police attempt to arrest those they believe responsible for the looting.