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Murder in Broad Daylight; down town shooting with innocent public meters away



By Deandrea Hamilton & Dana Malcolm

Editorial Staff


#TurksandCaicos, November 21, 2022 – A disturbing trend of deadly threats recklessly endangering innocent residents emerged again this weekend both over social media and in person highlighting behaviour that can only be described as unhinged.

“…there was an incident here where four people have received gunshot wounds.  What we believe happened at this stage, is the car has come to the premises, the car wash adjacent to the building behind me and attacked a number of people resulting in the four people being injured,” said Trevor Botting, TCI Police Commissioner in a report from the active investigation scene, also on Saturday November 19.

The Commissioner was earnestly trying to allay fears that the shooting happened at the sporting facility where two inter-high school tournaments were underway.  In fact, dozens of schoolchildren from several softball and basketball teams were uncomfortably close to the line of fire when what was supposed to be a fun competition turned into a scene of pure panic.

The Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex was filled with basketballers and parents on the inside and softballers and more supportive fans on the outside. Despite the scene being chock full of children just metres away, gunmen, at a nearby business on Airport Road, opened fire in a careless barrage which injured three adults and killed another.

“At the time of this incident, there was a sports event for young people taking place.  The incident was somewhat spilled into, because two of the injured people ran into the sports center which caused some panic.  I just want to reassure the public, that there were police officers on duty at the sports event who quickly got control of the scene and understood what was going on.  To be clear, there was no incident at the sports center.  Some injured people ran to it, to get away from the persons that were attacking them,” explained Botting in his video.

The games were abruptly ended, out of the abundance of caution said Botting.

It not only exposed the students in the area to what could have been lethal force but exposed some of them to what must have been a highly traumatic scene as armed police swarmed the scene and both men were wheeled away bleeding heavily.

“Supervised by police officers, parents came to pick up their children… I understand it would have caused some panic, I get that they would have heard the gunshots from the location of the shooting but I am grateful to the staff who were managing the event and to the officers, who were at the center who brought calm and safety to the people involved.”

This is the second incident in as many weeks that has occurred at the gym the first saw one teen stab another sending him to the hospital. Among the differences between the two incidents were the security protocols that were quickly implemented this time, locking down those on the inside of the basketball court. Unfortunately the students on the softball field were left exposed and our reports indicate shots were heard uncomfortably close to the bleachers.

The shooting occurred less than 24-hours before the world celebrated World Children’s Day.

The constant murders have once again made international headlines with Fox News reporting that murders are surging just before the winter tourist season begins in earnest describing it as shocking.

A frightful headline for the islands which are so heavily reliant upon tourism.

Meanwhile, over on social media murder threats continued to be hurled at residents who responded to the wanted posters in three languages offering a ten thousand dollar reward for information regarding suspected murderer Brandon Rahming; even an advocate attorney was not spared a bone-chilling threat.

Shocking was the silence by TCI Police on the death threats which were made on their Facebook page. However, the comments from the user, Brandon Lee seemed to have been scrubbed from the posts.

On Friday, Magnetic Media reported that the threats were coming from a Facebook user with the profile name Brandon Lee. Hours later a user with the profile name “Real Shotta Certified” continued the threats this time even more pointed, promising not only murder but a slew of killers.

[SIC]  “I’m screenshotting ya name and will ask about you. I think you wanna die. If Brandon goes killers will turn up more watch . It’s like 20 men ready to die ready for war if Brandon goes.”

The user who did not have a profile picture attached told one resident.

The user continued even threatening law enforcement, [SIC] “If Brandon go, watch how many killers pop up in support of him.  Lol one of us can handle 10 police by self so figure it out” they said.

So far, despite the $10,000 reward, police have not managed to find the man they describe as a “gang leader”.

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Man turns himself into Police in Bloodied Foot hit and run



By Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 



#TurksandCaicos, May 23, 2023 – A man is in custody regarding the Wednesday May 17th vehicular accident  in Grand Turk that left a young man with serious injuries to his feet. The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, in responding to Magnetic Media questions, say the suspect turned himself in that same day.

The 34 year old suspect, who police did not name in their communication to our news team, arrived at the Grand Turk Police Station around 7:27 am Wednesday morning and told officers on duty that he had hit a pedestrian while driving along Orea Alley, Grand Turk.

He was taken into custody by police on suspicion of Dangerous Driving.

The 23 year old victim, also unnamed by police but identified to us at Vaughn Garland, had to be rushed to hospital by another driver who was passing by. Police confirm what cell phone video of the young man showed, than he turned up at hospital with a seriously damaged right foot.

In response from who appeared to be a medic, the young man said he was riding his bike and a car struck him, catching his foot which at the time was bleeding profusely.  The victim was carted into the hospital in a wheel chair.

In the video, he could be heard hollering in pain.

Medical staff at the Cockburn Town Medical Centre, Grand Turk in realizing the extent of his injuries decided the patient, would be best stationed, for care, at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre in Providenciales.

The young man was medically evacuated to Provo and there have been no updates on his condition up to news production time but the suspect had remained in custody.

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Premier decries graveyard vandalism; Police now investigating grave robberies 



By Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 



#TurksandCaicos, May 23, 2023 – After multiple grisly discoveries of desecrated graves in Providenciales the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force say they are now investigating the disturbances. It comes days after Premier Washington Misick expressed his intense displeasure with the actions.

“I’d like to express my outrage and disgust that in this country today even the dead are not sacred. I can guarantee the people of this country that every effort will be made to investigate.”

In a short update on Friday the RTCIPF indicated they were aware of the incidents and the Environmental Health Department had made a report to them.

The report follows two separate incidents over two weeks where perpetrators went to great lengths to break open graves in the Five Cays Cemetery, shattering thick concrete slabs to snatch at the bodies which are resting inside.

On May 11th reports emerged of a grave that had been fully dug up and the coffin broken into and left in the sweltering sun for authorities to find. It took four men, only two in protective gear to replace the coffin. Then again on Mother’s Day, May 14th more reports and evidence of other disturbances were reported.

Unconfirmed reports of bodily mutilation were shared by residents on scene of the first incident as well. Residents expressed distress and disgust at the bizarre and invasive behavior.

The government has promised security will be increased with lights placed around the cemeteries and police say their investigation continues.

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Two Counts of  Handling Stolen Goods



#TurksandCaicos, May 23, 2023 – Fifty-one year old Neil Howard Rigby has been charged with TWO COUNTS of HANDLNG STOLEN GOODS.

 Mr. Rigby of  Granny Hill, Five Cays, Providenciales, was granted bail in the sum of  $20,000.00.

Based on  information received, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force officers executed a search warrant on May 17th , 2023, at a premises on  Granny Hill .

During the search, RTCIPF officers recovered a numer of items incuding tools, which were  reported stolen.

An investigation was launched and Mr. Rigby was arrested and subsequently charged.

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