By Dana Malcolm
#USA, June 30, 2022 – Convicted sexual predator Robert Kelly, better known as R. Kelly will spend the rest of his life in federal prison. He was sentenced to 30 years to life on Wednesday.
R. Kelly appeared before a federal judge in Brooklyn for Racketeering and Multiple Predicate Acts, Including Illegal Sex with Minors, Sexual Exploitation of Minors, Bribery, Coercion and Forced Labor racketeering.
The verdict was read by Jacquelyn M. Kasulis, Acting United States Attorney for New York east. Prosecutors say Kelly deserves to be sentenced in excess of 25 years because of the nature of his crimes. Kelly has been found guilty on all 9 counts. 45 witnesses testified against him. Kelly was found to be the head of a racketeering ring that involved his former security guards procuring children for him to have sexual relations with.
Kelly was convicted of bribery involving a public official regarding deceased singer Aaliyah who he illegally married when she was 15 years old and he was 27. The marriage was quickly annulled by her family and Aaliyah’s mother told documentary journalist Jim DeRogatis her daughter said she never wanted to see Kelly again.
After the two parted ways Kelly abused dozens more girls according to the prosecution.
“Mr. Kelly ran a criminal enterprise whose mission was to serve his sexual gratification by setting up a complex organization of enablers and handlers. When his victims tried to escape, Mr. Kelly and his accomplices silenced them through bribery, intimidation, and physical violence,” said Special Agent-in-Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh.
The prosecution explained that young women were identified at concerts by Kelly who directed members of the Enterprise to escort them backstage following his musical performances. They then exchanged contact information with girls and women so that he and other members of the Enterprise could arrange travel and lodging for them to visit Kelly after.
The 54 year old will face a minimum of ten years in prison as the prosecution seeks the maximum sentence. Kelly’s lawyers say they are seeking a lower term considering his traumatic childhood where he was assaulted by a female family member as a child.
Charges against Kelly came in 2021 two years after the documentary “Surviving R. Kelly’ premiered in 2019.
ONE MAN CHARGED WITH THE MURDER OF JUSTIN COX-BECKLES
#TurksandCaicos, August 5, 2022 – On Thursday 4th August 2022, 27-year-old Brian Francis of South Dock Providenciales, was charged with the murder of Justin Cox-Beckles.
The murder took place in the early hours of Sunday 24th July 2022 at Rock Plaza. Justin received a single gunshot wound during the incident and, despite the efforts of those assisting him to the hospital and medical staff, he died of his injury.
Commissioner of Police Trevor Botting said, “These charges follow extensive enquiries by the RTCIPF Investigations Team. However, this charge does not mean the end of the investigation; it remains active. This incident involved a number of others who took part in fighting at the scene. I am again, urging witnesses and others with information regarding this incident to speak out so that all of those involved can be identified and brought to justice. If you were a witness or have any information, please contact the police on 911 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800 8477 (TIPS). Your call will be treated in confidence.”
Commissioner Botting added, “In my recent press release on this investigation, I spoke about the responsibilities of those with knowledge of this incident to speak out. I am urging community leaders or family members of those who know something to encourage and support witnesses to come forward. Crime is everybody’s business and none more so when a young innocent life is taken so callously.”
Bight Shooting of Young Man could be ‘Mistaken Identity’
By Dana Malcolm
They say at about 2:50 AM on Sunday they got a call from the Cheshire Hall Medical Center reporting a young man with a gunshot wound was dropped off at the hospital. Investigations revealed that the young man had been driving around 2 AM when a red car came up beside him and opened fire.
Videos of the youngster’s car surfaced on social media, the windows completely destroyed and the driver’s side riddled with bullet holes.
Thankfully the young man is recovering well after being treated for his injury. The police have not commented on a possible motive for the shooting but many residents believe it is a case of mistaken identity that could’ve ended much worse.
Police Commissioner Updates on Murder Investigation of Justin Cox-Beckles
#TurksandCaicos, August 5, 2022 – In the early hours of Sunday 24th July 2022, 22-year-old Justin Cox Beckles was shot and killed at Rock Plaza, Blue Hills, Providenciales. Justin’s murder was a senseless act of violence that has taken a young life and ripped apart the lives of family, friends and a community. It’s clear that people are struggling to comprehend the taking of a life in such a terrible and cowardly act and we should all be shocked and saddened by this murder. The carrying of guns and acts of violence such as this, have no place in the communities of the Turks and Caicos Islands and whilst my officers are working hard to bring people to justice, people within the local community have a civic and moral obligation to assist where they can.
To simply sit back and believe it is for the Police to deal with is abdicating your responsibilities within a civilized Christian society. It was Archbishop Desmond Tutu who said, ‘If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor’. When young men are being killed on our streets, when young men are carrying guns and carrying out acts of mindless violence, it is not the time to stay neutral, it is the time to speak out, condemn and work together to rid the scourge of gun crime, violence and murder from the TCI. Staying silent when you can help stop the violence is taking the side of the oppressor, of the very people who are killing our young people. If you know something, say something, do not stay silent, do not stay neutral and do not choose the side of those despicable criminals carrying out these acts.
To the members of the community who are supporting us with information on this investigation and others, I thank you for telling us what you know. However, in this investigation we believe there are a number of people who have key information, including, we believe people who witnessed the murder of Justin. I am speaking to those persons directly and I implore you to come forward and tell us what you know. Do the right thing, do the Christian thing in bringing to justice the person who killed an innocent man.
My officers need your help, but by way of an update I can tell you the following;
One man, Brian Francis, has been arrested for murder and remains in custody for the murder of Justin with an additional seven days’ custody being granted by a Judge. To date, no charges have been brought. One other person has also been interviewed in connection with this enquiry. This enquiry remains ongoing and fast paced as we work to bring those responsible to justice. I am again asking anyone with any information and especially those who have direct knowledge and potential evidence, to do the right thing, contact my officers and tell them what you know. It is your civil, moral and Christian responsibility.
Finally, let me remind you that a young man, Justin Cox Beckles lost his life in a senseless and abhorrent act of violence. Our condolences are sent to the family and friends of Justin and they remain in our thoughts and prayers.
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