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Family Demands better for Victims of Dangerous Drivers; Tempers Flare as Accused skips town



Wilkie Arthur

Freelance Court Reporter


#TurksandCaicos, December 15, 2023 – The family of the late John Alexander Robinson, who was killed in a fatal vehicular accident on May 1st, 2023, turned up at court with supporters on Tuesday December 5 to hear and see the progress of the criminal proceedings against the man charged with killing him, only to be devastated by the turn of events.

Magnetic Media was summoned to the scene of an angry handful of relatives who learned that the matter would not be heard because the unlicensed driver, Illirique Laurencin is believed to have absconded.

They told us that court officials informed them that the man responsible for John Robinson’s death was released by the court on $10,000.00 bail and Laurencin has since left the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Represented by attorney, Finbar Grant, Laurencin reportedly sought permission to leave for a family medical emergency and has not been seen since.  The man was slammed with four counts of crime in connection to the death of Robinson and was scheduled for court on December 5.  He was a no show.

The deceased sister crying loudly and with loads of tears falling down her face, said, “Lord, how am I going to tell my mother who can’t walk and move around as before that her son’s killer left the country and may never get to taste justice for her child.”

Relatives, distraught and angered by the lack of an appearance of the accused sought to get some information from the man who signed his bail.  That man, also now a victim was reportedly hostile and it caused a row to break out outside the Magistrate’s Court.

“We feel like the system has failed us,” said a member of the family.

Police at the court managed to tame the flared tempers, explaining that the accused man did not return to court and the matter which is due to be transferred to the Supreme Court never got that far because of the no-show of Illirique Laurencin.

A shouting match erupted between Robinson’s sister, father and cousins and the man who stood as surety for Laurencin.

“The guy work for me, he asked me if I can sign his bail and now I have to pay the $10,000 for the man who leave the country.  So you cussing me for no reason,” explained Laurencin’s former employer who also had to be calmed by a responding police officer.

The Unlicensed accused ILLIRIQUE LAURENCIN was charged with: Causing death by dangerous driving; unaccompanied driving; using motor vehicle without insurance and – failing to display “L’s”.

The family was in tears and said, “we have never even gotten to see the guy who killed him before he got let out on bail.”

Robinson’s sister told us her understanding of events, that the accused was speeding so fast that “he knocked my brother’s vehicle into a 40 foot container and over on the other side of the road to be hit by another vehicle,” said the sister in obvious pain.

She told us her brother “was twisted up and broke up all parts of his body and how he cried and was screaming in pain and agony at the hospital until he died” that very same night.

“He died in so much pain and suffering,” she said.

The family is now demanding changes, saying “something has to be done with this easy slack approach towards people who kill people in these vehicular homicides.”

They disagreed with any bail in a case of vehicular manslaughter.

Another disturbing twist in the case is the conviction of a Smart Supermarket Manger DENA LOUIS MORLEY who was charged with ‘Wasting the police time or Wasteful employment of police time” as she tried to cover up for the now escaped fugitive.

Morley had admitted her guilt in the matter.


Tim and Henry to the Rescue: A Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Highlights Need for Marine Vessel in Grand Turk



#TurksandCaicos, July 12, 2024 – At approximately 2:45 pm on July 12th, a 911 emergency call came in from the police department in Grand Turk, informing Ed Forbes of a distressing situation. Four young adult tourists had gone out on paddle boards off Cork Tree Beach in Grand Turk, when one of them fell off the board and could not get back on. Evidently, they underestimated the wind speed and their own brute strength.

Ed Forbes, co-owner of Exclusive Escapes Grand Turk, played a pivotal role in coordinating the rescue. Responding swiftly to the emergency call, he immediately reached out to the local search and rescue team. His prompt actions and calm demeanor were instrumental in mobilizing the necessary resources.

Within 20 minutes or so, Tim from Emerald Escapes, along with Henry and Kindry from Blue Water Divers, were on the scene. Their experience and swift response were crucial in ensuring the safety of the stranded paddleboarders. Working seamlessly together, they managed to locate and rescue all four individuals without any need for medical attention.

However, this incident also underscores a critical issue that has long plagued Grand Turk: the need for a dedicated marine vessel for search and rescue operations and cruise passengers incidents. Despite numerous promises made to concerned citizens over the years, this vital resource remains unavailable.

The swift response of Tim, Henry, and Kingdry highlights the community’s resilience and dedication, but it also brings to light the gaps in emergency preparedness that could be addressed with better equipment and support.

A dedicated marine vessel would significantly enhance the efficiency and safety of rescue operations, ensuring that responses to such emergencies are even more effective.

Ed Forbes
Concerned Citizen

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Invest TCI Opens New Office in Grand Turk





Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – July 11th, 2024—Invest Turks and Caicos Islands (Invest TCI) proudly announces the launch of its new office in Grand Turk, located at the Digicel Building on Old Airport Road. The grand opening of the new location occurred on Friday, July 5th, 2024, under the theme “Empowering Enterprises in the Capital.”

The establishment of the new office marks a significant milestone in Invest TCI’s growth strategy. The primary objective of the expansion is to provide enhanced services and support to the business community in Grand Turk. By increasing operational capacity, Invest TCI aims to facilitate sustained growth and success for enterprises within the country.  Beyond economic advancement, this initiative is set to yield substantial community benefits, including the creation of employment opportunities.

The grand opening ceremony attracted a diverse range of attendees, including recipients of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) programme, members of the business community, government officials, and Invest TCI staff. The event was moderated by Mr. Keno Forbes, Vice President of Investor Services. Special remarks were delivered by the Premier, Hon. Charles Washington Misick, who congratulated the InvestTCI team on their hard work and encouraged the community to take advantage of the benefits offered by the new office. He reiterated the government’s commitment to creating a supportive environment for businesses in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Additional remarks were provided by Invest TCI Chairperson, Ms. Cindy Ewing; Business Advisor, Ms. Lashena Simmons; Director of the Business Support Unit, Mrs. Anissa Adderley; and Vice President of SME, Ms. Alexa Cooper. Their contributions highlighted the collaborative effort and dedication that have driven the success of Invest TCI initiatives.

Expressing her enthusiasm for the new office, Invest TCI CEO, Mrs. Angela Musgrove, stated, “Our vision is clear and compelling: to further empower Invest Turks and Caicos Islands, the agency offers incentives and support that enable more efficient and innovative practices. We are committed to helping businesses thrive, and in doing so, we are helping our entire community.”

Invest TCI recognizes the integral role that Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises play in the economic and social development of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Through its Business Support Unit, the agency provides comprehensive support services to startups and existing entrepreneurs, ensuring they have the tools and resources to succeed.

The grand opening of the new office in Grand Turk represents a significant step forward in Invest TCI’s mission to support and empower businesses across the islands. The agency looks forward to fostering economic growth and development and ensuring a prosperous future for all.

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(Thursday, July 11th, 2024) Turk and Caicos Islands – The last of five American tourists arrested in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) for being in unlawful possession of  ammunition could finally leave the TCI today, Thursday, July 11th, 2024.

Sharitta Grier 46 pleaded guilty on 25th June to having two rounds of.38 ammunition in her bags, at the Howard Hamilton International Airport in Providenciales on Monday 13th May, 2024, when leaving the Turks and Caicos Islands after a surprised Mother’s Day vacation trip, from her daughters.

Her Ladyship The Hon. Ms. Tanya Lobban-Jackson agreed with senior defense counsel, Ms. Sheena Mair of F-Chambers that there are exceptional circumstancés in Grier’s case, by this, the court departed from the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment and ordered a lighter sentence of $1500.00 or Six months imprisonment if fine is not paid. She’s also sentenced to 23 weeks imprisonment suspended for one year.

Holding for the office of the Director of Public Prosecution via link was Dr. Angela Terry Brooks, deputy director of the DPP’S office.

The prosecution office did oppose exceptional circumstances and invited the court to impose the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment.

A more detailed court report will follow.

Wilkie Arthur
Court Correspondent
Eagle Legal News Media

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