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Soft GANG RECRUITMENT happening in prison says TCI Police 

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By Dana Malcolm and Deandrea Hamilton

Editorial Staff

 

 

 

#TurksandCaicos, July 2, 2023 – Magnetic Media recently reached out to the Royal TCI Police Force in an effort to expose the criminal gangs who do so much violent work from the shadows.

While the Force has declined responses to many of our questions or has given vague replies to legitimate queries, they did tell us one critical piece of information; small scale gang recruitment is happening in the country’s prison.

“Recruitment can occur in many different forms through the natural progression of younger siblings of gang members becoming involved to a simple association between individuals due to living nearby and building criminal networks. There is also some evidence that on occasion, associations are established within the prison and continued after individuals are released,” the police revealed.

It is a concerning wrench in the system which undermines the process of true rehabilitation; our news team wanted to find out whether they had any idea how to stop new members from being sucked into organised crime.

“Work is ongoing to improve our understanding of criminal networks being established within the prison and bespoke disruption operations like Operation Pursuit will continue to be undertaken,” Magnetic Media was told.

In addition to this police say they :

  • Have several initiatives aimed at preventing individuals and specifically young persons becoming involved in gang-related crime. For example, working with the Ministry of Education through the D.A.R.E. Program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education).
  • Are regularly undertaking other educational activity in communities and at local schools aimed at demonstrating the risks connected to becoming involved in criminality and specifically gang-related criminality.
  • Are in consultation with the partner agencies about the use of the temporary Anti-Gang Ordinance which has been reinforced by the recent signing of the J-LEG (Joint Law Enforcement Group) which will facilitate improved collaborative working between agencies.

Despite this, police refused to identify the gangs and the areas they frequent once again leaving residents in the dark about where recruitment takes place for young boys; many of whom are at risk of being inducted into criminal activity before they leave high school.

It is a fact evidenced by the number of youth now before the courts.

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First Parker, now Shavez Musgrove FREED after Court of Appeal QUASHES CONVICTIONS and 25 year sentences

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Wilkie Arthur

Freelance Court Correspondent

#TurksandCaicosIslands, February 29, 2024 – February 29th at around 9:30 a.m., the court of appeal of the Turks and Caicos Islands convened via video link and delivered its judgement as it relates to multiple convictions of rapes, kidnappings, firearms offences and other charges in the case of ANDREW PARKER and SHAVEZ MUSGROVE.

The appeals were actually heard since October 19th, 2023, with ANDREW PARKER being released that same day because after the crown, then senior public prosecutor Ms. Mickia Mills heard the arguments of ANDREW Parker’s senior defense counsel Mrs Lara Maroof Misick she conceded to the appeal being allowed against PARKER, and acquittals entered on all counts. 

PARKER immediately walked free from October last year, leaving his co-appellant in prison, awaiting a decision, from the three appellate judges, in his matter before the Court.

Andrew Parker

Musgrove’s appeal was also heard on October 19th last year, but the Court needed time to consider the multiple interests of justice arguments put forward by human rights attorney Ms Sheena Mair on behalf of her client, Shavez MUSGROVE.

The then senior public prosecutor, Ms Mickia Mills, who is now the Turks and Caicos Islands, first Coroner, did put up a fight against MUSGROVE’S appeal but it was obvious she knew the human rights attorney – Sheena Mair – would present arguments as to the fairness of the trial which could have resulted in the conviction being overturned.  

It is what happened today, the conviction of Musgrove was overturned today, Thursday February 29th, 2024.

Magnetic Media was in court at the hearing of both appeals last year and it was clearly through the submissions of both senior attorneys on behalf of their clients, that the learned local trial Judge at the time, Mr. Carlos Simons, KC made countless serious errors that affected the fairness of the trial and rendered the convictions and 25 year sentences against both appellants, unsafe and unsatisfactory.

Shavez Musgrove

The Court of Appeal said, they have QUASHED the SHAVEZ MUSGROVE convictions and sentences on multiple grounds of unfairness submitted by Mrs. Sheena Mair and because of the passage of time this case has being running some seven years with some of the evidence exhibits being destroyed in a fire of the exhibit room at the police station, in the interest of justice, no retrial has been ordered.

MUSGROVE is hereby ordered released from prison.

 

 

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Police and Residents Speak at Anti-Crime Event

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Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer

#TurksandCaicos#Crime, February 27th, 2024 -With the increase in population in Grand Turk more officers are needed according to residents speaking at a recent anti crime town hall meeting. 

“At the ongoing capacity carrying study it’s been noted that the population in Grand Turk is around 7200 – 7300” a resident said, “we expect as citizens to have more than three officers on duty.”

Other residents pointed out growing issues of poverty, mental health and substance abuse as causes for crime as well maintaining that a holistic approach is necessary 

 

“We can fix this, we can do something about this, but it’s going to take a village,” one maintained.

 

Both residents were speaking to a panel of the top brass of the police force on February 20th.

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Residents Concerned About Catch and Release Tactics by Police

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Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer

#TurksandCaicos, February 27th, 2024 – Residents of the Turks and Caicos islands are now expressing concern after several arrests that were made regarding recent murders resulted in no charges being laid. At least six persons have been arrested since February 8th 2024 on allegations of murder or conspiracy to murder. Word has now come that all six have been released with no charges relating to the killings though some picked up drug charges, pending further investigation. Currently a 72 hour limit is laid on police for holding suspects without charges with the possibility of a 72 hour extension. One of those arrested was a 55 year old woman who had lost her own son to violence weeks earlier. Some residents have expressed anger at the blight such arrests can place on reputations, seemingly, without sufficient evidence to back them up. However, this is one of the fallouts of having such small, close-knit communities as questioning suspects is part of the investigation process and, Police did not reveal the identities of those persons of interest.

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