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Mark Fulford announces candidacy for leadership of TCI Opposition party, PNP

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#TurksandCaicosIslands – March 6, 2020 — FULL STATEMENT: Today I wish to announce my candidacy for Leadership of the PNP. The PNP Constitution mandates that leadership elections are due in March of this year.

Our country is at a crossroad, people are living in fear with crime at an all time high, the illegal immigrants continue to come by the boatloads, people are choosing whether to pay the power bill or buy groceries, – minimum wage does not match cost of living – our people are having to work 2 hours to choose between buying chicken or rice – our healthcare system is in disarray, single mothers cant get their children in Government schools as they are over populated, our people have no access to their own land other than to play the trash bag lottery,  our people have no access to capital or credit to start their business or buy a home, I’m deeply concerned about the future of this country, I hear the cries and feel the pain of  our people! This may be the last election to save our people from complete and total marginalization – that is why I am answering the call of service. 

Having worked at the top of government, as advisor to the first three Premiers;  Having served on national policy committees and led national agencies.  Having built a law firm with lawyers my senior and currently leading a major international charity, I understand our political and constitutional structure, and I believe in getting things done. I have a bold new vision for our country and our people.  Together our dreams can be fulfilled .  I am satisfied that I have the skills, the elders and advisors for guidance and I have a deep love for our country and our people.  Together we can achieve our country’s greatest potential and restore the value of being a Turks and Caicos Islander in the Turks & Caicos!

The problems in our country don’t leave me feeling hopeless, instead my first reaction is to develop solutions.  Our current leaders seem unsure of themselves. When you think of our people and how good decisions cannot just ease but remove the misery of crime and illegal migration or can drive our education system not just to be good, but to the top of the world’s rankings, when you have the nerve to demand of experts to show how TCI’s economy could be three times larger and TI’s could have access to credit…that’s the call of leadership!

As it relates to contesting a seat in the upcoming elections, I would say that I love every inch of our country, but I grew up in the twin islands and so did the current candidate who now lives there and I support him remaining there. National leaders should run at-large, even though its not required constitutionally.  In my vision I see a different Turks and Caicos, one where No person, no family, no community and no island will be left behind. 

Everyone prospers but our people come first; Turks and Caicos moves to the top of the ease of doing business in the global rankings; There will be a zero tolerance approach to crime and illegal migration;  We will be number one in the world in educational achievement; We will create a beautification culture that keeps our country a global example of cleanliness;  Our labour force will not work in luxury and go home to misery – minimum wage will be raised in line with cost of living; we will not pay high taxes yet cannot feel safe in our homes; gone will be the days where hardwork is not rewarded in every industry; gone will be the days where we will not have access to credit & capital. Gone will be the days that we have to play the lotto to obtain our land; Our Healthcare will be administered by the best & most experienced qualified Doctors. What I see for us is together restoring  the value of being a Turks and Caicos Islander in Turks and Caicos and ensuring that there is a fair and equal distribution of wealth in TCI! 
In Closing, let me say something about the current leader of the PNP,  Hon. C W Misick whether he hangs up his hat or not, its not for me to say.

My leadership quest does not have to be against the Hon. Washington C Misick. That man has had quite a career and he made his contribution.

The rules of democracy does not require me to put him down to put my agenda and candidacy forward. Obama was friends with his opponents who did not waiver support for his party. 

Recently After winning super Tuesday, Biden’s opponents have thrown their support behind him – the results of the leadership should not change your support for your party, we move on.  But this is not about Washington or Mark, this is about our people, and the call of leadership and what I see for us is based on what we deserve! I see it for us I want it for us and I am willing to work for it, for us. I am putting myself up to serve every Turks and Caicos Islander, regardless of party affiliation. We need to unite as a people if we want to truly realise our greatest potential. Do not lose hope,  we have always been a resilient people, everyone near and far who loves TCI as much as I do, and who call TCI home, join me in this fight to save our people and to save our country!

May the Good Lord impart his riches blessings on every living one in our beloved homeland Turks and Caicos Islands.  Mark A Fulford

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Grand Turk Residents angry over break-ins and thefts

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Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 

Once again, police are urging vigilance, following another brazen robbery in the Capital but residents are discomforted by this latest incident where it appears robbers are targetting residents and lying in wait for them. 

“That’s his Sunday food sales money they plotted on,” said one resident. It follows the armed robbery of a family of five where thieves barged in with guns.

“Grand Turk residents are real upset about it, this type of thing is giving Grand Turk people unrest,” a source told our team. 

Police describe the incident as ‘undoubtedly distressing for both the victims and the community at large.’ 

The late-night attack came around 11:21 p.m. Sunday, the Police Control Room received a report that four masked men, three of whom were armed had entered a Grand Turk home, and proceeded to rob the occupants. 

The criminals escaped on foot.

Whether the latest robbers were actually lying in wait or just got lucky, there have been several other occurrences this year where unsuspecting residents were preyed upon. 

In one instance on March 15, a couple was robbed by men who were at their house prior to their arrival.  Then on March 22, a man was robbed by culprits who were waiting at his home for him to arrive. 

Before that, on February 23 residents witnessed an ambush caught on CCTV where a group of men drove behind and tried to corner a business owner as a gunman who had been dropped off at the ambush site tried to force him out of his vehicle.

That attack was unsuccessful. 

“Following the report, officers were dispatched to the scene, conducted extensive searches, and interviewed individuals. Based on the information received, we are actively pursuing several leads that will lead to arrests in the shortest possible time,” Police said of the latest robbery. 

Since these unnerving instances, police have confirmed that a report was received around 7:19 pm on Wednesday April 17, officers of the  Grand Turk Police Station responded to a call that someone stole a  white golf cart . 

“Officers made checks within the districts and found the missing Golf Cart parked on the shoulder of the road on South Base Road in the vicinity of Port Authority.”

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One of the Five Royal Jewels Robbers CONVICTED and Awaits Sentencing in Prison

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Wilkie Arthur

Freelance Court Correspondent

He was arrested in November of 2020, remanded to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation until November 2023 (three years later), when he was offered 40,000.00 bail and released. 

On January 22, 2024 his trial for the November 18th 2020 robbery of Royal Jewels on Leeward Highway, Providenciales commenced, coming to an end on April 18, 2024 with verdicts of guilty by a reduced number of jurors. 

After deliberating for some two and half hours, all five members agreed WILLIGENCE NOEL was one of the five men that held up, robbed and put the employees of Royal Jewels in fear with various types of unregistered firearms. 

The prosecution’s case against the defendant was that his DNA blood sample was left in the stolen vehicle used in the commission of the robbery. Although not admitted in evidence in the trial, common sense would dictate that police in a high-speed chase of the white van leaving the robbery scene did open fire at the vehicle carrying the robbers. 

Medical evidence was laid by Mrs Nayasha Hatmin, Senior Public Prosecutor, for the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) against WILLIGENCE NOEL stating that the following day or some 12 hour after the robbery, chase and shooting, Noel attended the hospital with a gunshot injury/injuries for treatment. 

During the investigation after the officers found the stolen vehicle without occupants, shortly after the robbery, they discovered jewelry and spent shells in the van that they testified they lost sight of for some 7 to 10 minutes in an area near Dock Yard. 

Senior defense human rights attorney Ms Sheena Mair challenged the DNA evidence and made several applicational attempts to the learned trial lady Justice Ms Tanya Lobban-Jackson to get the DNA evidence thrown out but each time the application was refused. 

These applications were in the absence of the jury, Ms. Mair contended that her client could not have a fair trial if the DNA evidence was to be allowed. She raised several legal issues with the taking and police procedural process of the lawfulness of the taken and testing of the DNA. 

However, her Ladyship, the Hon. Ms. Tanya Lobban-Jackson kept refusing Ms. Mair’s application on what appeared to be different directions and reasons for her decisions each time. 

At the conclusion of the three-month trial, Magnetic Media in speaking to Human Rights Attorney Mair about the verdict and outcome of the lengthy trial, and she said an appeal will be logged immediately after sentencing next month. 

Her client was convicted of two counts of robbery (one for the jewelry store heist and the other for robbing the occupants of the store), using firearm so as to cause fear and allowing himself to be carried in a stolen vehicle.

NOEL is scheduled to be sentenced on May 9, and was ordered to return to prison on remand pending sentencing. 

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ALLEGED Knife-wielding carjacker gets bail

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Wilkie Arthur

Freelance Court Correspondent 

FRENDY MERONE faced Chief Magistrate Mr.Jolyon Hatmin on robbery and other criminal allegations on Tuesday April 16th, 2024 at the Providenciales, Old Airport Road Court House. 

Frendy Merone was arraigned on a knife robbery, taking a motor vehicle without authority and using an offensive weapon to cause fear. 

It is alleged that acting together with another unknown person he, on Thursday April 4th robbed Wilson Alfred of around $300.00 in cash and a Samsung cellphone. 

This incident occurred in the vicinity of the Clement Howell High School on Tumpa Avenue in Blue Hills, Providenciales.

At the same location and time, they also took his white Toyota motorcar and drove away with it without the owners permission.

The vehicle registration number is 16697. 

While committing these offenses, he allegedly put the virtual complainant in fear by displaying and brandishing a knife. 

During the proceedings, Merone’s lawyer, Mr. Oliver Smith,KC, along with the prosecution and the Chief Magistrate, reached an agreement to send all three charges to the Supreme Court. 

This decision stemmed from the fact that the Magistrate’s court lacks jurisdiction to try robbery cases, necessitating the transfer of all charges.

Merone’s sufficiency hearing is scheduled for June 7th, aligning with the usual practice of holding sufficiency hearings on the first Friday of each month.

Merone was granted bail in the amount of $7,500, a decision not opposed by the Crown. 

The magistrate imposed certain conditions, requiring Merone to report to the police station once a week and prohibiting interference with the virtual complainant.

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