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“Nasty” Grand Pa neighbor charged with vile sexual assault of Five-Year old Girl



Wilkie Arthur

Freelance Court Reporter


#TurksandCaicos, January 19, 2024 – It’s was so disturbing and disheartening to hear the troubling details surrounding the alleged sexual violation of a minor at the hands of a 65-year old man, whom the five year old victim calls, “Grand Pa.”

In the Magistrate’s court on Tuesday January 9, 2024, details of one of the vilest cases any sound thinking court reporter could have listened to were exposed and involved a Haitian man and Turks and Caicos passport holder who lived in the community of Dock Yard in Kew Town, Providenciales.

The man is MAURICEAU ALEXIS, whom senior Crown public prosecutor Ms. Tassja Mitchell told the court that the 65 year old man allegedly put his hands in the little girl’s panties and stuck his finger(s) in her vagina; it cause immediate bleeding of the little girl who according to the case file, first reported it to her seven year-old sister.

Adults then quickly got involved, called the Police and the old man was arrested.

The five year old child was taken to hospital where doctors found evidence of sexual interferences.

This incident alleged to have his happened just as the New Year rolled in on Wednesday, 03rd January, 2024.

There was a passionate presentation on why the old man should not be granted bail.

The learned, Chief Magistrate (CM) Mr. Jolyon Hatmin was told that this ‘nasty grandpa’ is considered to be a flight risk, even if his passport is taken away and kept by the court or police authorities.

The Senior Crown Counsel explained to the Hon. CM, that his wife and children still live in Haiti.  She further explained to the court in her forceful submissions that, if released on bail, he can interfere with the witnesses in this case, including the child, as they all live in the same apartment complex.

When the charge was read to the man, the learned CM by law had to put the election of the court for the matter to the accused given the fact that the charge was an ‘either way’ offense; which means the case can be tried in either the Magistrate’s court or in the Supreme Court.

However, having explained the difference of both courts by the CM, the accused on the advice of his senior defense attorney, Mr. Finbar Grant chose to be tried in the Magistrate’s court.

The learned public senior prosecutor objected as the crown’s position is that this matter should be tried in the Supreme Court where the sentencing powers of the court are far greater, if this man is convicted.

Mr. Hatmin, upon application of the Crown and Mr. Grant agreed, adjourned the matter to Friday January 12th to hear full arguments from both sides where he would then rule on whether the matter goes to the lower or higher court.

Mariceau Alexis was kept on remand until the Friday, after which the CM was left to decide if to release him on bail or continue his remand.

The CM, upon the request of the Crown, did agree with Ms. Mitchell that if the court is going to release this man on bail against her objections, can the court take away his travel documents and order his removal from living in the same area as the minor child.

The young victim and her sister call the old man “grandpa”, even though he is not their grandfather, according to prosecutor Ms. Mitchell.


Mariceau Alexis will have his Sufficiency Hearing in the Supreme Court and bail for the defendant has been refused.


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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