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Shooting in Dock Yard, Police say seems NOT GANG RELATED



By Deandrea Hamilton



#TurksandCaicos, December 5, 2022 – Dock Yard in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos was the site of a new shooting on Sunday where  two men were injured in the attack around 9:30am; Police say the incident “does not appear to be gang related.”

It is the first reported shooting in the islands since Brandon Rahming was gunned down by police on November 23; also in Dock Yard.

“Based on initial police reports, at around 9:27am, the Police Control Room received a call of gunshots being heard.  A team of officers were dispatched to the location.

The RTCIPF can confirm that two men were shot and remained warded in the hospital.”

No vital statistics are shared on the men; their conditions are also unknown.  Police did inform they have retrieved a firearm from the scene and are warning against sharing video described as, “part of the incident”.

Rodney Adams, Acting Commissioner of Police said, “I wish to remind the public to desist from circulating such images as they can impede the ongoing investigation.  In addition, if you are in possession of any footage taken, I kindly ask that you hand it over to the police as this may assist with the furtherance of our investigations.”

Adams said the investigators will follow the evidence to say more concretely the motive for the shooting.  No suspects appear to have been taken into custody and a fresh appeal for information in the case was made.

“…tell us what you know.  We are committed to ensuring your safety and security in these beautiful by nature Turks and Caicos Islands.”

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Girl who allegedly started the Guyana Dormitory charged with murder; second court hearing on July 5th



Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer



#Guyana, June 5, 2023 – The case against the 15 year old girl charged with 19 counts of murder from last week’s fire at the Mahdia Secondary School in Guyana, was adjourned to July 5th by Magistrate Sunil Scarce.

The name of the suspect can not be revealed under Guyanese law which prohibits the naming of juvenile accused people or convicts. However, given that she is older than 14 years, it is allowed for her to be charged with murder.

The blaze was allegedly started by her on May 21st, in anger with the dorm administrator over the confiscation of her mobile phone.

She went before the Diamond Magistrate’s Court over zoom, and was not required to enter a plea.

However, come July 5th when the case resumes, it will be for statement and disclosure. State and defense lawyers will indicate whether they are ready to start a preliminary trial. If she is found guilty, it will be a lifetime in prison for her.

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Weekend robberies under investigation



#TurksandCaicos, June 5, 2023 – Officers of the Serious Crimes Unit of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Force are investigating four separate incidents of robberies that occurred over the weekend in Providenciales.

Based on preliminary reports, at around 9:22p.m. on May 27th,  a call was placed to the Police Control Room  informing officers of a robbery on Sandbar Street , Five Cays. The victims of the robbery – a male and female- reported they were inside a parked vehicle when a vehicle pulled alongside them and four armed men exited. The armed men proceeded to rob the victims of their valuables and vehicle.

Around 9:27 p.m., a report was received from a male victim who stated whilst driving his vehicle behind the Paradise Baptiste Church,  he was stopped by three males who were  all wearing ski masks and heavily armed. The robbers got inside the victim’s  vehicle, pointed a gun at him, placed him in the back seat and drove off. The victim managed to jump out the moving vehicle and escaped.

At 9:50 p.m, the Police Control Room received a call of a robbery in progress at a Bar located along Academy Way, Downtown. RTCIPF officers were dispatched to the scene. Based on reports, two armed men entered the establishment and proceeded to rob the patrons. Two male victims were struck on the head with firearms by the robbers. The robbers escaped in a silver vehicle.

At 10: 07 p.m. , RTCIPF officers responded to a report of a robbery along Aviation Drive . The male victim stated that sometime after 9 p.m. he went to Glass Shack to drop off someone and in doing so was approached by four armed males who proceeded to rob him of his vehicle.

The victim stated he was struck and placed to the back of the said vehicle and driven to a financial institution to withdraw money from his account. He managed to escape.

At this stage the offences are being linked and a dedicated investigation team has been established.

The public is being advised to notify the closest police station and give any information regarding these robberies or any illegal activity anonymously.


Release: RTCIPF

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Four Haitians face court for illegal migrant case; three reportedly found hiding in Closet



By Wilkie Arthur

Freelance Court Reporter



#TurksandCaicos, June 5, 2023 – It is DELIVERANCE CHERENFANT, 56 who was allegedly found with three  irregular Haitians hiding in her apartment on May 2, 2023 behind Mara, Blue Hills Providenciales.

Immigration officials brought the female accused and the three found hiding out before The Honorable Chief Magistrate, Jolyon Hatmin on  Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st May 2023 to answer to charges relating to Immigration offences.

Cherenfant is charged with three counts of harbouring illegal immigrants and she was granted bail to return to court on June 22, 2023.

The three individuals – two males and one female – allegedly found in the closet behind two separately locked doors, in her premises by Turks and Caicos Immigration authorities have all been sent to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in Grand Turk.

The 37-year-old woman, Jeannie Pierre was on May 31st sentenced to six months imprisonment for unlawful entry.  She told the court through her attorney Finbar Grant that she knew it was wrong to illegally enter the TCI and that she left a child behind in her home country of Haiti.

The second individual found by Immigration in the apartment was Fredlin Desronvil. He pleaded guilty to unlawful entry, but when questioned by the Hon. Chief Magistrate Hatmin he said he didn’t know he was coming Turks and Caicos.

He said through his counsel Finbar Grant, that his grandmother told him he was going get a job.

He never knew he was actually traveling to another country.  He said he did not even know of Turks and Caicos.  He was just following what his grandmother told him and that he was going to get a job.

The learned Chief Magistrate having heard this, refused to accept Desronvil’s guilty plea and entered a not guilty plea for the record in order for the matter to be properly examined in a trial on June 16, 2023 before the Grand Turk resident Magistrate.

He was remanded to prison pending that trial.

The third defendant’s case outcome will be conveyed in a future news report.

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