Acting police Chief Lincoln Corbette has brushed aside comments in the public domain that the police are protecting their own in the investigations touching the death of Kerwin “Slobby” Prosper of King Hill.
Prosper, aged 36 years with a long list of criminal convictions was in police custody assisting them with investigations into a number of burglaries. He complained of feeling unwell during the investigations and was taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) where he died on February 15, 2021.
Acting Chief of Police, Lincoln Corbette, revealed that the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force had requested assistance from the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) in their investigation of Prosper’s death.
Three investigators from CARICOM’s Regional Investigative Management System (RIMS) arrived in Dominica and were sworn in as “Special Constables” to begin investigating the death of Kings Hill man.
The island’s top cop says he will have no part to play in the investigations.
“I have made it clear that I will not be saying much on the matter and that’s for obvious reasons because I want to make sure that it is done professionally with little or no interference from and or anyone else,” acting Chief Corbette told the press.
“So I am allowing the officers to do their work peacefully and quietly. Since they landed in Dominica they have been working. They were immediately sworn in and have all the powers and privileges as a police officer. I have met with them but I will not disclose what they are recommending…it’s an ongoing investigation and you can well understand the nature of the investigation is a very serious one. What I can also say, is that so far, I’m very pleased, that no information as it relates to this matter is in the press.”
He called it “strange” saying that in previous matters dealing with the police and civilians, it has been widely discussed in the press. “The matter was called in the press and the officers involved weren’t given a fair chance to be heard, but in that case, not even the name of the officers involved are being mentioned on the radio,” he said.
“I am happy that the press has shown a lot of maturity in that case and has not gone out and lambast officers and spread fake and untruths.”
Responding to questions about justice for the family of the deceased man he said that was not an issue. “Nobody was saying that justice will not be served, what I am saying is that I will not help them to try the case in the media, it does no good to anybody and in fact, it does more damage than good, that is not my style and you will never hear that coming from me,” acting police Chief Corbette stated.
He also stated that they are having “constant dialogue with the family” and will not in any way hinder them from having their meetings and vigils once it is done in conformity with the laws of the country.
“Yes we are very quiet on the matter, for obvious reasons, we don’t try matters, we don’t want it to be said that the chief is trying to kill the matter,” he stated.