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S. Stephen Brette Karim Nelson

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions in St. Lucia, S. Stephen Brette, left, and Assistant DPP in SVG, Karim Nelson.

St. Lucia’s Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), S. Stephen Brette is the prosecutor in the case in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in which Assistant DPP, Karim Nelson is a defendant.

Nelson is to be tried today, Wednesday, on charges that on April 13, at Diamond, he wounded 60-year-old businessman, Cornelius John. Nelson is also to be tried for unlawful discharge of a firearm at John.

He is to be charged along with government Senator Ashelle Morgan, who is charged with assaulting John.

After that trial is complete, Brette will prosecute John on a charge that he used threatening language at Morgan, also on April 13, at Diamond.

The trials are taking place at the Calliaqua Magistrate’s Court building.

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Brette has been Deputy DPP in St. Lucia since June 2, 2016.

Prior to becoming a Crown Counsel (II) on April 4, 2011, Brette was a police officer in the Royal St. Lucia Police Force — from June 1, 1988.

For most of his career as a police officer Brette was a detective and a police prosecutor in the magistrate’s court. Early on in his career, he did stints as a traffic accident investigator.

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Senator Ashelle Morgan leaves the Serious Offences Court, after her arraignment in June. (iWN photo)

In 2000, he was promoted to the rank of corporal and was transferred from the Criminal Investigations Department to the then Police Prosecution Unit. In 2001, he pursued studies to Holborn College, London, England and attained a Bachelor of Laws Degree LLB (Hons) from the University of Wolverhampton in June 2004.

Brette resumed his duty with the Royal St. Lucia Police Force in July 2004, where he was assigned as the Administrative Officer of the Criminal Investigations Department. In March 2005, he was transferred back to the Police Prosecution Unit and was promoted to the rank of sergeant.

In April of that same year, Brette and some of his colleagues were transferred to the DPP’s Office as police prosecutors under a Cabinet Conclusion, which created the Crown Prosecution Service in October 2004.

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Cornelius John outside the Calliaqua Magistrate’s Court in August. (iWN photo)

From April 2005, Brette worked as a police prosecutor in the “A” Court presided over by the then senior magistrate.

In January 2009 Mr. Brette was promoted to act the rank of acting inspector and head of the police unit at the Crown Prosecution Service.

In September 2009, proceeded on one-year accumulated vacation leave to read for his bar vocational course at the University of Northumbria in New Castle-upon-Tyne.

He was called to the Bar of England and Wales on July 27, 2010, as a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, and Called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court on Sept. 24, 2010.

Brette retired from the Royal St. Lucia Police Force at rank of Sergeant on April 4, 2011, to become a Crown Counsel at the Crown Prosecution Service.

Brette is an avid cricket and football fan and enjoys playing dominoes in his spare time.

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8 replies on “St. Lucia deputy DPP to prosecute Vincy counterpart”

  1. Prosecute C. John for threatening Morgen? It is her word against his, the case has no merits what so ever. These proceedings are clearly bogus. If it were anyone else their asses would be in stern right now. […]

  2. Avatar Of Nathan Jolly GreenNathan Jolly Green says:

    Lets wait and see, time will render us the truth we will I am sure all watch this matter most carefully and we can i am sure rely on Kenton Chance to report the truth to us.

  3. Avatar Of Nathan 'Jolly' GreenNathan 'Jolly' Green says:

    I just hate the smugness of the smile that tells all, the outcome is not a prediction it is a known fact.

  4. We will never know the truth, we just have to live with what we hear from both sides, I suspect that the outcome is not going to be nice,

  5. Malice Aforethought : The truth is that someone UNLAWFULLY discharged a firearm, secondly someone was wounded in the process. It is clear that you intend to make use of the firearm because in the process, you thought against a fist fight, you thought against reporting your complaint to the police But instead, let me prove a point, I bursting a cap. “Don’t mess with me mind set.” Firearms are to be used in Last resort when all other levels of force have failed. It’s becoming a norm, most individuals who carry can’t even defend themselves against a basic attack. Too quick to draw a weapon without JUSTIFICATION. INTENTION is clear Brette you got this bro.

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