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#TurksandCaicos, November 25, 2023 – A Bench Warrant for Juliano Fulford was issued by her Ladyship the Hon Chief Justice Mrs Mable Agyemang for his failure to attend a sufficiency hearing proceedings on 13th October 2023. Prior to the bench warrant being issued, FULFORD’s mother wanted her name removed from his bail as surety. Attorney Chal Misick approached the Supreme Court to have her removed whilst her son was still at large.
The week before, on Friday October 6th, Fulford was present at court but unrepresented and told the CJ that he was going to get a lawyer the following day when asked by Mrs. Agyemang.
She then told him, his aggravated burglary case would be adjourned until the following Friday to allow him to have his attorney present in court on that date.
He said, “ok mum.”
Ahead of that hearing, Magnetic Media can report that attorney Chal Misick appeared in court asking the clerk Dwayna Higgs of an application, which was supposed to be listed for hearing before her Ladyship Tanya Lobban-Jackson. When Ms. Higgs begun making inquiries, it appeared nothing was officially filed; but confirmed an email was sent and received.
Her Ladyship came out and refused to even hear Mr. Chal Misick as he was not properly attired for court; he was without robe and wig; donning nothing befitting a Supreme Court appearance for a practicing attorney in criminal proceedings in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Ms. Lobban-Jackson then said you cannot address the Court; advising Misick that he would have to speak through Mr. Clement Joseph, Principal Public Counsel.
Chal Misick was attending court in order to represent the mother the man accused, not Juliano Fulford. However, the matter would not be heard on the day in question due to the fact nothing was officially filed before the court.
Justice Lobban Jackson in speaking to Chal Misick through Clement Joseph told him that no proper application was filed so there was nothing before the Court, she added that counsel Misick was also not appropriately dressed “to speak to or addressed this court.”
Fulford has not been complying with his conditional bail grant as stipulated by the Learned chief magistrate, Jolyon Hatmin when he was arraigned in the Magistrate’s court and the matter was then transferred to the Supreme Court.
The bail was $10,000.00 with one surety of which his mother did signed. He had to live at a specific Long Bay address, a condition to which he was not complying. He was on 6am to 7/8pm daily curfew of which he was not keeping. Fulford was ordered to signed in at the police station on certain days per week and he wasn’t doing that.
Magnetic Media was not able to confirm if Attorney Chal Misick was successful in having the mother’s name removed, but we can confirm Fulford is presently back at the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on remand.
He appeared before the Hon Chief Justice Mable Agyemang at the last sufficiency hearing on 10th November, 2023 from the prison and the Hon. CJ asked him once again, “do you have an attorney?”
He said, “I’m getting one.”
The CJ next asked “if you applied for legal aid because you said that same thing the last time you were before me?”
The defendant replied, “I am going to apply.”
The matter was put to December 1, at which time a sufficiency hearing will commence.
Juliano Fulford remains at the Department of Corrections.
Washington MISICK challenged, and holds onto Leadership of the PNP
#TurksandCaicos, February 24, 2024 – Magnetic Media can report that WASHINGTON MISICK has emerged and remains LEADER of the governing Progressive National Party.The run for party leader was a risky maneuver by Saunders, son of former PNP Party leader and Chief Minister Norman Saunders. Delegates cast votes, giving E Jay Saunders 58 votes and Washington Misick 88. The elder statesman convincingly retaining delegates’ confidence. It is also reported that, based on the PNP Constitution, Saunders needed 70% support from delegates in a preliminary run off. He was unable to secure that much backing. A constitutional motion to change the selection process of the deputy leader to a delegate vote reportedly failed. It is therefore unclear what the immediate future, politically is for Saunders whose party and government roles are hinged on Washington Misick’s prerogative to have him or someone else in these posts. However Misick is already promoting a strict focus on uniting the party following the NGC meeting held at the Shore Club.It has been a contentious battle today at the PNPs National General Congress (NGC) for party leadership with interest coming from: Jas Walkin, the party’s 2021 campaign manager who this week publicly withdrew his bid; Dameko Dean, former Wheeland candidate who had published an article revealing his quest to lead the PNP and E Jay Saunders who today unsuccessfully challenged MISICK for the role. Saunders has tried for leader before and has served as the party’s deputy leader, at the pleasure and selection of Washington Misick since June 2019.
TCI Community College staff struck and robbed, another chased in car by attackers
#TurksandCaicos, February 23, 2024 – Attacks against several of its staff members last week have forced the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College to reassess its security.
“The college is robustly ending in immediate steps to review and reinforce our campus security protocols,” said a February 16 letter to staff seen by Magnetic Media.
The letter puts the date of the incidents as February 15th at one of its Providenciales campuses.
In the first, a male member of staff was attacked and his car stolen after he left a meeting. When Magnetic Media queried police about the event, they released additional details of the robbery.
We were told around 9:15 pm, Thursday February 15, a 39-year-old male and his colleagues were leaving the TCI Community College Campus, Princess Drive, Providenciales, when a group of men surrounded his vehicle.
The man, noticing that one of the men had stopped at the rear of the vehicle, approached him to investigate and was struck on the head. In the immediate aftermath, the assailants escaped in the victim’s car, leaving the TCICC staff member injured at the scene.
The victim was transported to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center by police officers, and up until news production time, the car had not yet been recovered.
Following this incident, the Community College also revealed that a car chase had taken place.
A female member of staff this time, was chased down by suspected criminals as she left the campus. The employee managed to outdrive the people pursuing her and arrive safely at her destination, but she was described as shaken.
Now both, police officers and campus administration are urging residents to remain vigilant, especially when heading into their cars at night.
Safety tips that can help residents avoid attack, robbery, injury, or worse include:
- Stay alert when heading to your vehicle; don’t be distracted by your phone; pay attention to your surroundings.
- if you see anything or anyone suspicious, do not investigate on your own; go back and get a security guard or similar personnel to assist.
- Have your keys ready in your hands before approaching your car, so you can enter the safety of your vehicle immediately.
The police have not yet arrested anyone for the robbery attack against the employee.
Royal TCI Police share CAREER DAY Highlights
#TurksandCaicos, February 23, 2024 – On Thursday, 8th February 2024, between 9 am – and 2 pm, the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force attended a Career Day event at the Enid Capron Primary School, Five Cays, Providenciales.
Under the theme “Be aware, choose a career”, the RTCIPF showcased the many career options available in policing.
Members of the Community Policing Unit, Safeguarding and Public Protection, Anti-Gang and Drugs Unit, Marine Branch, Traffic Enforcement, Air Support Unit and Mechanical Department were present. Officers answered questions posed by the young, impressionable minds.
Insp Ensa Wilson lectured students on various topics, including: “Good Touch, Bad Touch”, alerting adults to inappropriate situations and the importance of calling 911.
Students were asked questions following the lecture and were given RTCIPF tokens.
Sgt. Kavin Mars, along with PC Fitzlewis McDonald and Kiyon Doughty of the Anti Gang and Drug Unit, freestyled “Don’t Huff, Don’t Puff, Don’t Do That Stuff” and warned students of the dangers –health and legal – of using drugs.
Superintendent (Community Policing and Divisions) Dwight Gardiner commended the school’s initiative and applauded the representation of officers present.
Supt. Gardiner said: “Career Days often highlight the importance of community policing and underscore law enforcement’s vital role in fostering trust, collaboration, and safety within neighbourhoods.
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