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Man on Trial for TWO GUNS; Keniel Duvervil, 21 facing 12 Years in Prison

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Wilkie Arthur

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#TurksandCaicosIslands, October 9, 2023 – The trial is ongoing, started on Monday September 25 against KENIEL DUVERVIL, 21 in the Grand Turk Supreme Court before his lordship the Hon Mr. Justice Davidson Kervin Baptiste and a six member jury.

The make-up of the jury is four females and two males.

On Thursday 28th September just ahead of the Youth Day public holiday, Magnetic Media travelled to the Nation’s Capital to cover the trial proceedings.

Three witnesses testified that day and we will outline two of those testimonies in this report and the third person’s evidence in a later report.

Assistant Superintendent of police (ASP) Dexter Porter in his evidence in chief as questioned and guided by prosecuting counsel Mrs Nayasha Hatmin said he was part of the planned operation that went to The Bight community when they found the two firearms and both with ammunitions.

He said, he was the officer who tested the firearms and came to a conclusion that both were lethal and could kill someone or cause a person grievous bodily harm. ASP Porter testified that he took the firearms to the gun range using police issued ammunition, as well as bullets found with the guns for his testing.

The senior police said both guns were in perfectly working condition and the ammo for each were live rounds capable of discharging.

In his evidence the ASP told the Court that the accused was found naked in his home; he said he was the third officer to have entered the targeted house in the tactical operation in The Bight, Providenciales.

He said they first grabbed a hold of the defendant and officers found a Glock 17 pistol, bearing serial number LED547 with 14 rounds of 9 mm ammunition. These were tendered and admitted into evidence with the six member jury being able to see them and if they so desired, could have asked the ASP, as well as any of the other witnesses questions; however the jury panel declined to ask ASP Porter any questions.

We also heard of the findings of a much bigger firearm in the back trunk of a car.

Detective ASP Porter initially described it as a PA 15 carbine rifle with a serial number of PA134393 that carried much larger bullets; the firearm in question was also shown to the jury and trial judge.

However, in cross examination by the senior defense attorney Finbar Grant, who is representing the accused man, he was able to get D/ASP to agree that although the gun is a much bigger gun and carries much larger bullets, the manufacturers calls it a PA 15 carbine pistol and not a rifle.

The senior public prosecutor, Mrs Hatmin then applied to the judge to amend the charge by deleting the word rifle and inserting pistol. Porter said that firearm can shoot at long distance and how both guns were semi-automatic
weapons and not automatic weapons.

He was asked to describe the difference and he said an automatic weapon when you press the trigger all the bullets are released until the clip/magazine is empty and a semi-automatic only bullets are released when you press the trigger, you have to press the trigger each time for a bullet to be released/discharged, he told the jury.

He was briefly cross examined by attorney Grant.

Following D/ASP Porter’s evidence, a 25-year-old young lady TM from The Bight gave evidence in the trial concerning the Fuga car that the larger firearm and magazine with bullets was found in.

She told the court that yes she knows the accused for many years from Clement Howell High School (CHHS) days. She was then allowed to identify the accused through the video link as the person sitting in the back in a gray shirt. She said her car was giving her problems and she gave it to the defendant Mr. KENIEL DUVERVIL. She said she couldn’t remember her car license plate number but when shown a car on the video link and shown the license plate number, she said that’s it, that's her car and that’s the car she gave him to take to the mechanic.
She denied knowing anything about the gun in the back trunk of the car.

The woman witness went on to say, “I’ve never seen or touched a gun in my life before.”

She said nothing was in the trunk and nothing was wrong with the trunk when she give it to him. Her evidence was brief, straight to the point and concerning the car alone. The woman was however still cross-examined by Mr Finbar Grant, who had only a few questions.

The trial continues, with a verdict expected later on in this week.

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CHTA President Praises Jamaica’s Hurricane Preparedness, Assures Ongoing Support

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KINGSTON, Jamaica– President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Nicola Madden-Greig, has praised the strength of local and regional public-private sector partnerships, while congratulating tourism stakeholders across Jamaica for their strong level of preparedness in weathering the dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Beryl, which impacted the island this week.

“Jamaica was spared the worst of the hurricane and we have now returned to regular business operations,” said Madden-Greig, who rode out the storm at her office in Kingston. She reported that Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay and Ian Fleming International Airport in Ocho Rios opened today, while Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston will open on Friday, July 5, after minor repairs are completed.

“We have no reports of any guests being injured during the passage of the storm, and the majority of the hotels and the tourism industry in general have emerged unscathed,” Madden-Greig added.

However, she expressed concerns for the south coast of the island, where many local communities were impacted, along with several independent hotels and villa operations.

“We will be including these operators in our disaster relief efforts, particularly in the Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth area,” she noted, explaining however that she had little doubt that this resilient community will rebound in the shortest possible time.

The trade association leader was encouraged with the reports emanating from the Cayman Islands, which confirmed no major impact on the sector there. “We are thankful to God for sparing us for the most part, and we are now resolved to getting our industry back on track, while serving communities (especially those in the Grenadines) who are in dire need at this time,” said Madden-Greig.

Individuals, businesses and organizations that want to contribute to regional hurricane relief efforts may make a monetary donation at www.chtaef.com.

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CARICOM raising profile and priority of its Migration Policy; curbing challenges ‘a tall order’

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Garfield Ekon

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is committed to work with Member States and other stakeholders to implement a “forward-thinking regional migration policy,” according to its Assistant Secretary General, Alison Drayton.

Addressing the opening of a recent three-day workshop titled “Towards a Regional Approach to a Migration Policy in the Caribbean,” in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, she said it is evident that the Region has been facing, and will continue to face, various challenges that affect the lives and livelihoods of Caribbean citizens.

“Namely, due to Climate Change, which has amplified displacements and the need for persons to migrate from areas that threaten their livelihoods or limit their opportunities to prosper and provide for their families,” the ASG told the forum, adding that the Climate Change and natural disasters remain “key drivers of displacements in the Region.”

“With the frequency and magnitude of events likely to increase in the future, this has contributed to many regional States facing demographic decline, which has impacted their workforce, our younger population seeking job opportunities outside the Region, and many key sectors being negatively impacted,” she stated.

The CARICOM official underscored that tackling the challenges would be “a tall order,” hence the Regional body’s commitment that would help address various aspects of Regional migration and human mobility as determined by Member State priorities.

Lauding the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for hosting the workshop, and the and valuable technical contributions made by the United Nations (UN) Migration Group and financial contributions from the United States Department of State, the European Union, and the Inter-American Development Bank, she said  the their efforts have been significant.

The contribution made by International Organization for Migration (IOM), has advanced the policy, with provision of consultancies to coordinate the Community’s work through the Regional Approach to Migration Policy (RAMP) Steering Committee and development of the framework, she highlighted.

For Trinidad and Tobago’s National Security Minister, the Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, his country is also committed to contributing to the development of a regional migration policy framework that reflects the priorities of the people of the Caribbean Community.

“As we embark on this journey together, let us harness the expertise, the insights and the experiences that we already have among us as we gather here today to shape the policy framework that is in front of us,” the Minister said, adding that the current migration realities “should prepare us for future challenges.”

The technical workshop brought together National Focal Points from the CARICOM Member States, and representatives of relevant regional and international organisations, building on IOM’s Migration Governance Indicator (MGI) assessments, and other consultations held with national Governments of CARICOM Member States in 2023.

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Government Earmarks $300M for Post-Hurricane Dengue Mitigation

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#Kingston, Jamaica, July 19, 2024 – The Government has earmarked $300 million to ramp up dengue mitigation activities, inclusive of fogging, treatment of mosquito breeding sites, removal of bulky waste and drain cleaning, in the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl.

Addressing the House of Representatives on Tuesday (July 16), Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said the funds have been allocated to the Ministry of Health and Wellness, which will spearhead vector-control activities over the next six weeks.

He further informed that the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and National Works Agency (NWA), “are technically involved in this dengue mitigation [exercise] by trying to clear the environmental conditions that would create the growth in the vector”.

Mr. Holness highlighted the potential for a significant increase in the dengue vector, the Aedes aegpyti mosquito, which breeds primarily in containers, consequent on  the hurricane’s passage.

“We know that many communities are being plagued by the increase in the mosquito population… and other vectors [such as] roaches, rats and flies. Therefore, the cleanup and removal and clearing of waterlogged areas is of critical importance,” he emphasised.

The Prime Minister noted that the hot summer conditions, along with rainfall, will further contribute to heightening the possibility of an increase in these vectors and the transmission of diseases.

As such, he appealed to Jamaicans to properly store water in covered containers and destroy mosquito breeding sites around their homes.

“I urge all homeowners who are storing water and… leaving the containers open, that an easy way to control the growth of the mosquito population in your households is to cover the containers,” Mr. Holness said.

He pointed out that the NSWMA will shortly announce a schedule for the removal of bulky waste from homes.

Prime Minister Holness further indicated that the NWA will be actively cleaning various gullies.

Dengue symptoms include fever, headache, and joint and muscle pains. These are often resolved through rest and adequate hydration along with the use of paracetamol to treat the accompanying fever.

 

Contact: Chris Patterson

Release: JIS

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