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Special Prosecution says no reference to 2009 Commission of Inquiry needed

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Providenciales, 19 Jan 2016 – There will be no reference to the 2009 Commission of Inquiry by Andrew Mitchell for the Crown; Mitchell yesterday told the judge the evidence presented then is not relevant to the case the Special Investigation has built against the nine defendants.

The Opening Statement of Andrew Mitchell in the SIPT trial started yesterday and is focused on how nine land deals became suspect because of how the Michael Misick led PNP Administration handled them between 2003 and 2009.

In his opening Monday, it was explained that the Crown is focused on “Bribery and corruption. The case for the Crown is that prospective developers were encouraged to pay monies in order to procure development rights; to protect investments and the government ran itself almost as a protection racket: if you don’t pay, you can’t play.”

Naturally, the defendants are resisting these allegations and will have their chance to state their version of the events.

But for now, Mitchell has the floor and advised the court that it will hear evidence related to: Water Cay, the Seven Stars Complex, North West Point, Beaches Resort, Salt Cay, Juniper Hole, Joe Grants Cay/Dellis Cay, Projects which were being proposed by Richard Padgett (East Caicos and Third Turtle Club), South Caicos and West Caicos.

The QC for the Crown is strong in his presentation and is taking his time explaining to Judge and Jury, Paul Harrison how the alleged crimes happened. Mitchell says, “…bribes were paid to the serving Cabinet Ministers in order that they would act contrary to the ordinary rules of honesty and integrity, in the manner expected of Government Ministers.”

It is a long way to go for this trial, which is not expected to call a first witness until Easter.

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Firearm and Drug Charges

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July 15th, 2024.

 

SHAIWANZO MISSICK of South Back Salina, Grand Turk, has been charged with six counts of firearm-related offences.

Missick, 30, was charged on July 13 after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The offences against Missick are:

  • One Count – Discharging Firearm
  • One Count- Discharging Ammunition
  • One Count-Possession of Firearm with intent to commit a serious offence
  • Two Counts-Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count –Possession of Firearm
  • One Count-Possession of Controlled Drugs
  • One Count- Possession of Controlled Drugs with intent to supply.

The charges against Missick came following a report made on Saturday, 29 June 2024,  following a shooting incident in Breezy Brae.

Officers obtained a warrant and searched the accused’s residence based on the information received.

The RT&CIPF is asking the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Five Cays Shooting Update

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Shortly after noon on July 12th, the Control Room of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force received reports of a shooting in Five Cays, Providenciales. A team of offices was dispatched to Granny Hill.

Upon arrival, several interviews were conducted, and evidential items were retrieved.  Thankfully, no one was injured.

Given the investigation’s sensitivity and lines of inquiry, the RT&CIPF cannot comment further.

We are aware of audio videos and photographs purporting to be the location of where the incident allegedly occurred and ask that persons circulating such be mindful of exposing victims.

The RT&CIPF is again reaching out to the public, emphasising their crucial role in this investigation.

We urge you to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231- 1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously provide any information on this shooting or any illegal activity.

Your cooperation is vital in ensuring justice is served. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Discharge of Firearm

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Turks and Caicos – Shortly after 10:00 p.m. on Friday 05th July 2024, the Police Control Room received a report of gunshots being heard at the TCI Disposal and Solid Waste, located along Millennium Highway, Blue Hills.

Officers and medical personnel responded, and based on preliminary investigations, a truck transporting a male occupant entered the dump and started offloading items.

An employee at the dump site confronted the occupant. However, he was shot at.

The employee managed to escape. Thankfully, he was not injured. This remains an active investigation.

The RTCIPF asks the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app and share information anonymously.

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