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Infamous Murder Trial ends with Murder of Defendant

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By Deandrea Hamilton

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#TurksandCaicos, May 11, 2022 – The ongoing murder retrial of Cortez Simmons before justice Tanya Lobban Jackson was on Monday May 2 aborted and it took place because on Saturday April 30, Simmons was gunned down while at the gym and was pronounced dead on site.

In a bold act, Royal TCI Police informed that two gunman were seen fleeing the scene and 911 got the call at 10:34am that shots had been fired at a location off Leeward Highway; Simmons was said to regularly work out at the gym and the murder accused was out on a half a million dollars bail.

Cortez Simmons was in a judge only retrial for the 2013 murder of Keziah Burke.  Simmons was found guilty in the original case, but appealed and got a retrial.

That retrial was ongoing but was concluded.

Simmons is the sixth homicide for TCI in 2022.

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Actions of Sex predator pastor exposed, sentenced to 40 Years but to only serve 11 for abuse of two girls

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By Deandrea Hamilton

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#TurksandCaicos, May 18, 2022 – What he made little girls to do him sexually, willfully, repeatedly and boldly in the home he shared with his wife and the church where he preached from the Holy Bible is sickening.  One is described as his god-daughter and both are described as best friends.  He has sexual relationships with them alone and together  and the ways he sexually assaulted these children belonging to families who trusted him is just mortifying to learn.  They were only 11 and 14 years old.

Derek Miller has pled guilty to all of it.

It is nothing anyone expects from a Salvation Army captain, nothing anyone expects from the son of an assistant commissioner of police and school principal, but there is was laid bare in the court room and expressed in a revealing news article by the TCI Sun newspaper which detailed the sexual encounters and the slap on the wrist time he will spend in prison.

Judge Tanya Lobban-Jackson gave him nine years on the attempted rape charge for each of the victims.  She also handed down 11 years on the rape charge, per victim which is an overall sentencing of 40 years.

The sentences will not run consecutively, but concurrently and includes the time he has already spent on remand for the crimes.  Derek Miller will not even do a decade for his abuse and violation of the two girls.

The disgraced pastor is 48-years-old, originally from Guyana and pled guilty to the charges brought against him.  Residents were stunned by his arrest about a year ago, May 2021, now are further floored by the details of the acts against the girls.

The matter came to the attention of police when one of the girls’ cell phone was confiscated by her school.  That phone was turned over to her brother, who found the sexual messages between his sister and Miller.  That is when the Safeguarding and Public Protection Unit of the Royal TCI Police took over from there.

In video interviews, the reports were secured from the girls and Miller’s fate was sealed.

Derek Miller was sentenced over video link; he remains in custody at the Department of Corrections or Her Majesty’s Prison in Grand Turk.

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Hate in his heart, soul and mind says Buffalo Police Commissioner as 13 victims in mass shooting are identified

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, May 16, 2022 – Ruth Whitfield, An 86-year-old mother picking up groceries after visiting her husband at a nursing home is one of the victims identified in the Buffalo Supermarket shooting according to media reports.

The other, Aaron Salter was the security guard at the supermarket a former Buffalo Police lieutenant who was ‘well-known and respected around the community’ according to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

Thirteen people, mostly senior citizens were shot and ten killed at the New York based supermarket chain in what is being investigated as an act of “racially motivated violent extremism” because 11 of the people shot were black.

The other shoppers who lost their lives are:  32 year old Roberta A. Drury; 52 year old Margus D. Morrison; 53 year old Andre Mackniel; 62 year old Geraldine Talley;; 65 year old Celestine Chaney, Heyward Patterson of Buffalo, N.Y. – age 67; 72 year old Katherine Massey and 77 year old Pearl Young.

The killer is barely a man.

Police say the 18-year old researched the zip code with the highest concentration on African American people and scoped out the store days before the rampage, which was streamed live on Twitch a video streaming site.

In a shocking and callous move the young man, now charged with murder, heartlessly broadcast the moment he pulled up and then randomly gunned down several people in the parking lot before taking his mania inside the grocery store.

During the livestream, the shooter approaches a Caucasian man lying terrified on the ground then backs away immediately while apologizing.

“The evidence that we have uncovered so far makes no mistake that this is an absolute racist hate crime. It will be prosecuted as a hate crime,” said Joseph Gramaglia  Buffalo Police Commissioner.

“This is someone who has hate in their heart, soul and mind.”

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Warning! Pedophile loose in Provo; Hunt on for child sex stalker

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#TurksandCaicos, May 15, 2022 – A man, posing as a jitney driver, has sexually assaulted a school girl and now warnings are issued and police are on the hunt for the pedophile.

The information from the Royal TCI Police has been a double shocker; firstly because a letter was leaked exposing that officials were aware of the situation but there had not been more urgent notice the public and because the suspect is among us and is still at large.

The leaked communication was dated May 12, 2022.  It came from woman police, Irene Butterfield, Assistant Superintendent of the Royal TCI Police and was issued to Edgar Howell, the Director of Education for the Ministry of Education.

On Friday, that notice was shared with parents in English, Creole and Spanish.  It was leaked the day prior.

From the Police issued WARNING:  “The Safeguarding and Public Protection Unit is actively investigating a report of an unknown male who is operating what appears to be an illegal jitney.  H e picked up a school girl and subjected her to a sexual attack.  The victim is now safe and being cared for.  We are seeking the assistance of families and communities in disseminating this information that is of vital importance to both government and private schools to put measures in place for the safety of children after school.  Parents and guardians are asked to be aware and take precautions and make provisions for their children to be collected safely from schools by someone who is trusted and to desist from allowing their child / children to ride home in illegal jitneys.”

The original letter said the “Safeguarding and Public Protection Unit is actively investigating a report of an unknown male, ‘pedophile’ who is operating what can be an illegal jitney and frequents schools, picking up children and committing sexual acts.”

The Police was asking the Education Department to disseminate the information to all public and private schools so that parents were put on the alert.

While the letter is dated May 12, which was on Thursday, what  the public does not know is how long ago this investigation was opened; how many children would have been sexually assaulted and how intrusive were those attacks.

On Friday, the Royal TCI Police issued a statement and its contents lent more insight, but were extremely disturbing as the public now has official notice that a girl was sexually assaulted and it seems the attack was enormously traumatizing.

The victim is now safe and cared for says the Safeguarding unit and the male is unknown and was operating a jitney when the unsuspecting child climbed into the vehicle for what now can only be called a ride from hell.

“Se les pide a los padres y tutores que sean conscientes y tomen precauciones y hagan provisiones para que sus hijos sean recogidos de manera segura de las escuelas por alguien de confianza y que desistan de permitir que sus hijos viajen a casa en taxi colectivo ilegales. También se les pide a los padres y tutores que escuchen a sus hijos y les enseñen a no guardar secretos inseguros.”

This is the warning in Spanish and it also asks parents to ensure their children are not keeping secrets about what may have happened to them.

Make sure whoever is around your child, says the release, is a trusted person and to desist from allowing your children from riding in illegal jitneys.  You get in the tone of the statement, it is simply not worth the heartache and damage which can be done.  Specially trained officers are on standby to deal with these cases, when they present themselves and this includes confidentiality.

Sadly, in the absence of proper or sufficient legal public transportation, illegal jitneys, which are manned by unregistered and unknown individuals are a customary go to for thousands of residents who need to get around the island.  These jitneys are an illegal mode of public transport, but they operate unencumbered.  Legal community cabs are now in service, but the sector is slow growing, unable to meet the current transportation demands.

“Nou mande paran ak ak moun ki responsab yo tou pou koute pitit ou yo epi anseye yo pou yo pa kenbe sekrè ki pa an sekirite. Pifò abizè kiltive relasyon solid ak timoun yo anvan yo pwogrese pa yon ofans seksyèl. Souvan, yo kòmanse teste limit yon timoun lè yo aji nan yon fason ki pa apwopriye avèk yo tankou achte kado pou yo, ba yo lajan epi fè yo santi yo espesyal. Paran ak moun ki responsab yo ta dwe fè atansyon ak siy sa yo epi avèti lapolis. Inite Sovgad RTCIPF la gen ofisye ki resevwa fòmasyon espesyal ki pral trete nenpòt rapò avèk anpil konfyans. Yo pral koute w epi sipòte moun ki pi vilnerab yo.”

The largest portion of the expatriate community in Turks and Caicos is of Haitian origin; the warning in Creole calls for better stewardship of children even as parents try to get them to school and while there was no information provided on the perpetrator, there were numbers provided to contact the Unit.

Contact 232-6696 or 338-4013. 

“Parents and guardians are also asked to listen to your children and teach them not to keep unsafe secrets. Most abusers cultivate strong relationships with children before progressing to sexual offences. Often, they start by testing a child’s boundaries by being inappropriate in other ways such as buying them gifts, giving them money and making them feel special. Parents and guardians should look out for these signs and alert the police. The RTCIPF Safeguarding Unit has specially trained officers who will deal with any reports in strict confidence. They will listen to you and support those most vulnerable.”

Schools have now posted and issued the warnings to parents.

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