Teenagers jailed for 7 murders in Dominican Republic, used drain cleaner in attack
Five teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17 have been jailed for 3-5 years for a string of taxi driver robberies in April.

 

 

They shot and killed 2 of the drivers and killed 5 others by forcing them to drink drain cleaner. They also poured drain cleaner on the bodies in an attempt to keep them from being identified.

The sentence went against what the murder victims' families were hoping for. They'd wanted the teens tried as adults so they would receive the maximum penalty for murder, which is 30 years in the Dominican Republic.

Apparently drain cleaner has been used in more and more attacks and certain drain cleaners have been banned in the Dominican Republic. Most recently, in August a woman and her 8-month-old baby died after her partner threw drain cleaner on them. Read more about that Dominican Republic bans sale of dangerous drain-cleaners increasingly used in acid attacks

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Written by: gmiller261, 25 Sep 2010 9:43 AM
From: United States

Draconian. 3-5 years.

Now should you Dominicans be embarrassed by this? Yes you should.
 
Written by: zooma, 25 Sep 2010 9:50 AM
From: United States

This is nothing more than a slap on their wrists. This mild response by the judicial to a horrendous act by the youths sends a bad message to the community. The decision does not serve as a deterrent, only invites more crime.
 
Written by: AnthonyT, 25 Sep 2010 9:58 AM
From: United States, Lawrence, mass
Yes very ashamed. I would advise everyone to stop going to dr and the foreigners that live there to move out. I myself don't plan on going there anytime soon. Things are just getting worse by the day. the government has no will to fight drugs and crime.

Hopefully the families of the slain taxi drivers take justice into their own hands and hunt this criminals down and shoot them one by one. If the goverment cannot protect its citizens than they should take matters into their own hands.
 
Written by: dreadlocks, 25 Sep 2010 10:06 AM
From: United States
AnthonyT, the cultural dynamics of the DR will eventually come into play, and the families of these taxi drivers will exact revenge. time is a river. these families will not forget. they will wait until these rodents serve their time, and wipe them out, one by one. you can take that to the bank. they are dead scum walking.
 
Written by: Grosero, 25 Sep 2010 10:15 AM
From: United States
what the .........................................uck is wrong with the DR

3 years????
 
Written by: skysail, 25 Sep 2010 10:20 AM
From: Yemen
This reflects the Dominican view of Justice , all the way !!
 
Written by: devin11, 25 Sep 2010 10:25 AM
From: United States, The Greatest City
I really can't believe this, it sounds completely implausible. Three to five years for the commission of these murderous and torture laden acts is reprehensible to the worth of human life. I make no criticism as to the heinous criminal nature and participants of these acts within Dominican society at large, these barbarous acts can happen anywhere. My criticism and embarrassment lie in a judiciary and the existing legal apparatus that permits such a disaffected sentencing result. Human life is precious even if the Dominican Government doesn't place this value upon it's very own people.
 
Written by: JimHarrington, 25 Sep 2010 10:33 AM
From: United States
What do you expect from a country where a President hands out pardons for campagin contributions and a useless judicial system.

Someone should look into if any of these convicted murderers has a relative in the PLD or senate.
 
Written by: WalterPolo, 25 Sep 2010 10:34 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
Families of the thugs must be very nervous cuz they
know what's in store for them.
 
Written by: Juango, 25 Sep 2010 10:36 AM
From: United States, far S. Florida (formerly Santo Domingo)
Dominican justice is a mirror image of Dominican society. Look at yourself Dominican Republic, you are a FAILED STATE. There are many examples of such outlandish cases in thhe past 10 years. Why would anyone want to visit, live or invest in such a place. Bring back the Iron Fist of El Jefe (ie: a Sadam Hussain/Trujillo) and restore honor to a dying country. The only thing Dominicans respect is fear and intimidation, so bring it on ! There is no longer respect for one's freedom at present.
 
Written by: skysail, 25 Sep 2010 10:40 AM
From: Yemen
Written by: Juango, 25 Sep 2010 10:36 AM
From: United States, far S. Florida (formerly Santo Domingo)
Dominican justice is a mirror image of Dominican society. Look at yourself Dominican Republic, you are a FAILED STATE. There are many examples of such outlandish cases in thhe past 10 years. Why would anyone want to visit, live or invest in such a place. Bring back the Iron Fist of El Jefe (ie: a Sadam Hussain/Trujillo) and restore honor to a dying country. The only thing Dominicans respect is fear and intimidation, so bring it on ! There is no longer respect for one's freedom at present.

You are right on !!!!! The Dommis need a Trujillo !!!
 
Written by: walnut, 25 Sep 2010 11:12 AM
From: United States, cayuga lake
Is there something missing to this story?
Grotesque and sadistic murders of multiple victims and these pieces of garbage teenagers get
3-5 years?
As an American friend, investor, businessman and part-time resident of the DR for over 25 years, I am horrified at what is happening to this once beautiful land.
The utter lack of morality at all levels, the absence of any honor or justice and the total meltdown and corruption of proper values will be fatal to this country.
Must I have an armed guard with me just to go to Jumbo? To travel to the capital, should I drive my bullet proof Humvee.
And if I do experience any trouble, who do I call that I could trust.

All that will be left in this once glorious land with be vermin feeding on each other.....the innocents will either flee or perish in the crossfire.

Adios, mi tierra.

 

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