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Published: Friday | December 20, 2013 Comments 0

Gov't calls for prison probe


The Interdenominational Committee on Crime and Violence (IDCCV) wants a general review of the state prisons as well as the Education Act as a means of combating crime and violence in Dominica. IDCCV chairman, Roman Catholic Bishop Gabriel Malzaire, said that the committee met with stakeholders in October to discuss strategies to effectively address the issues following a series of consultations.

Former BBC broadcaster's murderer sentenced


A convicted killer who had earlier threatened to have Chief Justice Ivor Archie impeached for taking too long to deliver a judgement in his case, has been sentenced to serve at least 40 years in jail for murdering three people, including a former British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) television broadcaster, in 2001. The Court of Appeal said there had been no "expression of remorse" as it handed the sentence on Lester Pitman. The court found that Pitman, 33, who had been convicted in 2004 along with Daniel Agard, 29, for the murders of British national John Cropper, 59; his mother-in-law Maggie Lee, 83; and sister-in-law Lynette Lithgow-Pearson, 51, the former BBC television broadcaster who was on vacation in Trinidad at the time, was of sound mind when he committed the crime.

Teens killed in car chase


Mexican authorities say five teenage students were killed when they were run over by armed men trying to escape from soldiers in a northern border city. Tamaulipas state prosecutors say the students were waiting for a bus to take them home after class on Wednesday in Reynosa, a city across from McAllen, Texas. Their ages ranged between 13 and 15. Two armed men were being chased by soldiers when they lost control of their pickup truck, skidding and striking the students on the side of the road. They also hit two cars parked outside the school, injuring a woman and her five-year-old daughter. The men fled.

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