Martinus Francois upset over Sommer case

Martinus Francois upset over Sommer case

Constitutional lawyer, Martinus Francois, has said that the decision of the court to sentence Frenchman, Eric Sommer, who was charged with murder, to time served, is outrageous.

Sommer, who was charged with causing the death of a local, was sentenced after pleading guilty to manslaughter and thereafter walked away a free man with a manslaughter conviction.

He had spent four years in jail.

Martinus Francois told the Times the development reflects the double standards in the legal system here and the government.

He asserted that the French government, the United States and the European Union have been putting pressure on the administration here to “go gently” with their nationals.

“Our own people have been languishing on remand for umpteen years without any mercy, without any caring on the part of the authorities,” Francois declared, adding that the situation was disgraceful.

Eric Sommer was charged with murder in the May 12, 2012 death of Lucas Francois at Pigeon Island.

It is alleged that the Frenchman pushed Francois off a boat and refused to assist him when he asked for help.

The deceased, Martinus Francois told the Times, is his cousin.

He told the Times that the justice system here will lose all credibility in the eyes of the people.

The French Embassy, which had summoned a news conference this morning apparently to address the Sommer issue, abruptly announced that it had been called off and that the media would be informed of a subsequent time.

 

 

 

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8 Comments

  1. cocoflow
    March 17, 2016 at 10:13 pm Reply

    It was ok 4 the french to come to SLU an pick up Cherabin on a murder charge an take him back to their country for his punishment but can’t let their own be in SLU jail to serve his punishment time for his crime of murder wooow the big fish are making SLU courts system see they don’t respect lucians laws or our lives coz this is a slap on the risk for coursing a lucian to loose his life an this is total disrespect to all lucians in jail 4d same crime in SLU an around the world

    1. David
      March 18, 2016 at 4:12 am Reply

      We are the ones who allowed it in HAPPEN.
      We have weak leadership, and it resonates in all areas even in the arms of Government.

      We have to take back our country!

      I has a GREAT DISLIKE for the french!

  2. David
    March 18, 2016 at 4:13 am Reply

    Have.

  3. David
    March 18, 2016 at 4:14 am Reply

    Excuse my obvious Grammatical Errors.

  4. Anonymous
    March 18, 2016 at 5:53 pm Reply

    All of a sudden Martinus is NOT for the criminal? Isn’t that double standard also.. Because the deceased was your cousin eh..

  5. Anonymous
    March 19, 2016 at 7:16 am Reply

    I agree with Martinus, the sentence the Frenchman received is not commensurate with the crime he committed. We have quickly made this case about the length of time on trial and not substantially a murder trial.

    We have nationals in prisons serving stiff jail time for lesser infractions. A man would go to prison for a year plus for stealing coconuts, yet a foreign national gets under 4 year after killing another human being, This is appalling.

    That arm of government called the judiciary in slu is pathetic. These so called “learned” people are making a mockery of justice and we seem to lay blame solely at another arm of government, the executive. The executive has its role to play, but the real problem is with the judiciary. The inordinate delays for court hearing/trials are the reponsiblities of the courts. The no show of lawyers, the unpreparedness for trial in which lawyers ask for more time, and the list can go on and on. All of this lies on the shoulders of the Judiciary. Our anthem says “justice, truth and charity our ideals forever be”. What a oxymoron!

  6. Oxo
    March 19, 2016 at 7:17 am Reply

    I agree with Martinus, the sentence the Frenchman received is not commensurate with the crime he committed. We have quickly made this case about the length of time on trial and not substantially a murder trial.

    We have nationals in prisons serving stiff jail time for lesser infractions. A man would go to prison for a year plus for stealing coconuts, yet a foreign national gets under 4 year after killing another human being, This is appalling.

    That arm of government called the judiciary in slu is pathetic. These so called “learned” people are making a mockery of justice and we seem to lay blame solely at another arm of government, the executive. The executive has its role to play, but the real problem is with the judiciary. The inordinate delays for court hearing/trials are the reponsiblities of the courts. The no show of lawyers, the unpreparedness for trial in which lawyers ask for more time, and the list can go on and on. All of this lies on the shoulders of the Judiciary. Our anthem says “justice, truth and charity our ideals forever be”. What a oxymoron!

  7. Public servant
    March 19, 2016 at 9:08 pm Reply

    The whole thing is a big joke. Did the executive instruct the judiciary what to do to save their skins from French Sanctions? There is only one solution. Vote them out.

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