Dominica, Caribbean: Three Arrested After Dublinman Is Killed In Hotel Attack: UPDATED

4 Aug

NEWS UPDATE:  (Source: – August 3rd, 2011 | Dominica News Online

Costello was killed during the attack:
Police Commissioner Cyrille Carrette has confirmed that the motive for the Pagua Guest House attack was robbery and also disclosed some previously unreleased facts on the matter.

He was speaking at a press conference this afternoon.

Carrette said, “About 9 p.m, Rick and Alicia Davison returned home. On their approach to the entrance of their dwelling, they were met by three masked men, brandishing a cutlass, a piece of wood and a hatchet. The masked men demanded money from them. Joseph Costello, who was in an adjoining apartment, with his friend Emily Elizee, heard a commotion and left immediately to investigate. As he did so, he was immediately attacked and was struck on the head with a sharp object which caused a severe wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene.”

He continued, “Rick was also struck and sustained injuries to his head and other parts of his body. He was admitted at the Marigot Hospital, where he was treated and transferred to the Princess Margaret Hospital. He was discharged on Wednesday to facilitate him to seek further medical attention overseas. Alicia sustained injuries to her back, right eye, wrist and thumb.”

He stated that the only person who was not hurt in the attack was Elizee however she was robbed of EC$350. He said the victims were all tied by the perpetrators who made good their escape with a laptop belonging to Rick Davison, US$200 and a Blackberry phone. “A search was made in the immediate area and a mask and a glove was found in the vicinity,” he said.

The commissioner made it clear that the case will be handled methodically and carefully by a special team appointed to carry out investigations into the matter.

He had a warning for would-be criminals. “I wish to make it abundantly clear that persons who seek to commit crimes of that nature that such crimes will not be committed with impunity. The police will utilize all available resources to bring the perpetrators to justice,” Carrette stated.

He also made a call to the public for further support in the investigations in the incident, while noting that support had been coming so far.

He urged, “An appeal is being made to any members of the public with any information that can assist with this investigation to call the following numbers: Superintendent Daniel Carbon at 285-7648, Superintendent John David at 245-9551 and Inspector Oliver Frederick at 285-7443.”

Irishman Joe Costello was killed during the attack while Americans Rick and Alicia Davison were injured. The incident occurred on Sunday night.


A 43-year-old Irishman was killed in an attack on the Caribbean island of Dominica on Sunday.

Dept of Foreign Affairs - Confirmed man's death

Dept of Foreign Affairs – Confirmed man’s death

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that the 43-year-old man killed in Dominica in the Caribbean on Sunday was originally from Ireland.

Joe Costello, who was born in Dublin, was struck on the head while coming to the aid of friends who were being attacked at a hotel on the island.

Three people have been arrested in connection with the incident.


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