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Defence Seeking Dismissal in Firearms Case citing evidence from DPP too slow to materialise

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By Wilkie Arthur

Freelance Court Reporter

 

 

#TurksandCaicos, June 19, 2023 – Tuesday 13th June, 2023 a firearm and ammo case against TIMOTHY VILJOEN was before the court, listed for trial.

Magnetic Media was in court when Nayasha Hatmin, Public Prosecutor was warned by Her ladyship the Hon Judge Tanya Lobban-Jackson that if the disclosure material evidence, that Counsel for the Defense requested and was also directed by the Court to disclose, is not disclosed, this could result in the case being dismissed under the Criminal Procedure Ordinance.

Months prior to the trial date, Counsel for the defense Lara Maroof-Misick made an application to the court to have the DNA evidence and certain other evidence handed over to her, to enable her, to do her own examination and review of certain evidence pertaining to the firearm case against her client.

Up until the date of trial, which was last Tuesday, the Defense was not furnished with the requested disclosure as directed by the Court and Counsel for the Defense advised the honorable Judge to please review the options of having the case dismissed.  Maroof-Misick had proposed that if by the next date of hearing, she continues to be without the disclosure material requested months ago, then the matter warrants dismissal.

Maroof-Misick’s client is a mechanic and operator of luxury yacht “Provo Elite Charters.”

The yacht and the illegal firearm charges against TIMOTHY VILJOEN has brought strong criticism and raised questions about some prominent members of Turks and Caicos society.

Implicated have been a former member of parliament, a police commissioner and a King’s Counsel attorney in TCI for the Crown in the Special Investigation and Prosecution government corruption case.  All have had some alleged involvement or investment or interest in the yacht in question.

This matter dates back to the summer of 2020.

Viljoen is currently out on bail since his initial arrest in 2020 and the trial is now fixed to commence in November of this year.

Timothy Viljoen is charged with having an illegal gun with rounds of ammunition, which carries a mandatory 7-year sentence.

 

CORRECTED: June 28, 2023

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Male Charged With Murder

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#TurksandCaicos, June 7, 2024 – A 29-year-old male has been charged with the murder of BUTLER BRAVE PROPHETE. KERLY AGENOR, of Dock Yard, Providenciales, was charged today (June 06th) following advice from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. In addition to the murder, the accused faces the following charges:

  • Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of Ammunition
  • Discharge of a Firearm
  • Discharge of Ammunition

The charges against Mr. AGENOR state that on March 05th, 2024, in Providenciales, he murdered Mr. PROPHETE, Contrary to Section 3 of the Offenses Against the Person Ordinance Chapter 3.08.

At the time of his death, Mr. Prophete, 22, of Wheeland, Providenciales, was exiting his workplace on the Lower Bight and was shot dead.

Mr AGENOR remains in custody pending a Sufficiency Hearing.

In a brief statement, Superintendent in charge of Crime, Safeguarding, Public Protection, and Intelligence Dean Holden said: “I wish to thank the officers of the Serious Crime Unit for their dedication and commitment in bringing this case to a charge. Further, I wish to reassure the public and families that the RTCIPF is committed to bringing prosecutions against perpetrators and, when possible, closure to persons who have lost loved ones to these senseless homicides”.

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Tragic Shooting Death of Frantz Fleurimond Rocks Five Cays Community

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Wilkie Arthur

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#TurksandCaicos, May 31, 2024 – The tight-knit community of Five Cays was left reeling following the tragic shooting death of Frantz Fleurimond, a 34-year-old resident, on the night of Friday, May 24th, 2024.  Exclusive insights from family members, friends, and neighbors shed light on the circumstances surrounding the untimely demise of Fleurimond, known affectionately as Frantz by those who knew him.

According to accounts from family members, including his outspoken father and mild-mannered stepmother, the harrowing incident unfolded around 10 pm.  The father vividly recalled the terrifying moment when loud gunshots rang out, with one bullet piercing through their wooden home, which housed both the family and Frantz in separate sections.

This wasn’t the first brush with violence for Frantz.

Several years prior, he had endured a brutal assault in Blue Hills, leaving him with severe head injuries that required months of recuperation in Jamaica.  Despite his resilience, Frantz’s mental health had been fragile ever since, with episodes of erratic behavior and struggles with substance abuse.

Described by many as a highly respected chef at prominent hotels across Providenciales, Frantz’s life took a dark turn following the traumatic incident.  He returned to live with his parents after his marriage ended, grappling with mental illness and addiction.

Neighbors recounted hearing the fatal shots on the night of Frantz’s death, followed by a chilling silence. Rushing to investigate, they discovered Frantz’s lifeless body in his own home, prompting them to alert the authorities.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force confirmed the tragic incident, expressing condolences to Frantz’s grieving family.  Superintendent Dean Holden of the Serious Crimes Unit assured the community that the investigation into the shooting were underway, emphasizing the urgency of finding justice for Frantz and his loved ones.

While details surrounding Frantz’s death remain murky, speculation swirls about a potential motive stemming from his troubled past and reported confrontations with others in the community.  However, no official statements have been made regarding suspects or arrests in connection with the case.

As the Five Cays community grapples with shock and sorrow in the wake of Frantz Fleurimond’s untimely passing, loved ones remember him fondly for his culinary talents, kind spirit, and resilience in the face of adversity.  As investigations continue, hopes remain high for answers and closure for those left mourning the loss of a cherished friend, family member, and community member.

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Two Firearm-related incidents are being investigated; one ends in MURDER

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#TurksandCaicos, May 30, 2024 – The Serious Crimes Unit of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is investigating two firearm-related incidents that occurred yesterday evening and this morning in Providenciales.

Head of Crime, Safeguarding, Public Protection and Intelligence Superintendent Dean Holden said, “Last evening’s shooting incident resulted in the death of a 34-year-old male from Five Cays.

“The victim has been identified as FRANTZ FLEURIMOND. Based on preliminary reports, Mr. Fleurimond was at home when a gunshot was heard. The police were contacted and, upon arrival, discovered his body. The RTCIPF extends condolences to Mr. Fleurimond’s family.

“In a separate incident that occurred today (May 25th), a 48-year-old security guard was on duty at a bar located off South Dock Road when a lone gunman entered the establishment and proceeded to rob the patrons.

“While fleeing the scene, the gunman fired two shots, one of which struck the security guard.

“Officers and medical personnel were dispatched to the scene, and the guard was transported to a medical facility for treatment.”

The RTCIPF asks the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on this incident or any other illegal activities.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app and share information anonymously.

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