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Two Charged for BRUTAL kidnapping of Ex-Police; One man hopes to end ‘drugs’ case with a GUILTY plea

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Wilkie Arthur

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#TurksandCaicos, March 9, 2024 – Appeared in Court properly hidden from cameras and on lookers only this week were three individuals all charged with indictable offenses.

Two men were charged jointly for kidnapping, robbery, inflicting grievous bodily injury, taking a motor vehicle without consent or authority and possession of offensive weapon(s).

It is alleged that WILFREDO WILLIAMS aka Biggz, 32 years old and JOHNATHAN HANDFIELD, aka Fatboy 34 did kidnapped, robbed, beat him up with a piece of 2×4, stole his car, his Rolex Watch value at $39,000.00 and $25,000.00 in cash belonging to the virtual complainant Ricardo Fulford.

The incident alleged to have happened on Thursday, 17th August, 2023, at Olympics Plaza, Providenciales. The alleged injuries sustained are considered very serious and were possibly life-threatening before emergency medical surgery.

The duo was not required to plea at the Magistrate’s Court on Monday March 4 and was remanded to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation without bail until April 10th for sufficiency hearing.

They were represented by Mr. Ashwood Forbes, senior counsel who did not make a bail application for them in the Magistrate’s Court (even though he could have as they are not charged with any firearm offences) but indicated he preferred do so in the Supreme Court.

SEVENTH CONSPIRATOR CHARGED IN SERIOUS CONSPIRACY RING 

ANTHONY “Andy or Clarkey” CLARKE JR, 32, who also properly hid his face as he entered the courtroom has been granted $20,000.00 bail by the learned Chief Magistrate Mr. Jolyon Hatmin.  That bail hearing was concluded on Tuesday March 5th and follows Clarke being charged the week prior, with conspiracy to supply drugs along with JUMILLO ISMA and others sometime between May to August 2021.

It is alleged that CLARKE was part of an illegal drug smuggling ring.

CLARKE is the seventh person charged in this conspiracy probe by investigators of the Serious Crime Unit.

CLARKE did speak to Magnetic Media whilst waiting to be called in Court and said, “I’m doing very good now, I have my boat tour trips waiting on me, I already collected people money and these people playing round with big man life for wa? Lil bit a drugs I tried getting in the prison while I was in prison in 2021, smt”.

CLARKE went on to say, “all these serious things going on in TCI now, and you’ll white people ,(meaning the police officers from the UK) here messing with lil bit drugs that value under $250.00″?

Man, I going plea guilty to that because that’s foolishness. You’ll wasting my and you’ll time charged me.”

He told his attorney, Mr. Ashwood Forbes clearly in our hearing that he wants to put this behind him and Forbes did attempt to have the case pleaded to and dispose of the matter on the very Tuesday however, the Hon. Chief Magistrate said he has no jurisdiction and transferred the matter to the Supreme Court for sufficiency hearing on April 10th along with the others charged in the conspiracy investigation over ISMA’s confiscated cell phone.

CLARKE said, “this from 2021, we in 2024, what a judge could do to me for something from so long and something so small. This come to hold my life back man, I was in jail with that nigga around them times.”

The Crown did not oppose bail, but Mr. Ashwood Forbes strongly challenged some of the conditions by stating they are unnecessary and unwarranted for well-known businessman and boat captain like Andy CLARKE.

Clarke is now freed on bail.

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Male Charged With Murder

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#TurksandCaicos, June 7, 2024 – A 29-year-old male has been charged with the murder of BUTLER BRAVE PROPHETE. KERLY AGENOR, of Dock Yard, Providenciales, was charged today (June 06th) following advice from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. In addition to the murder, the accused faces the following charges:

  • Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of Ammunition
  • Discharge of a Firearm
  • Discharge of Ammunition

The charges against Mr. AGENOR state that on March 05th, 2024, in Providenciales, he murdered Mr. PROPHETE, Contrary to Section 3 of the Offenses Against the Person Ordinance Chapter 3.08.

At the time of his death, Mr. Prophete, 22, of Wheeland, Providenciales, was exiting his workplace on the Lower Bight and was shot dead.

Mr AGENOR remains in custody pending a Sufficiency Hearing.

In a brief statement, Superintendent in charge of Crime, Safeguarding, Public Protection, and Intelligence Dean Holden said: “I wish to thank the officers of the Serious Crime Unit for their dedication and commitment in bringing this case to a charge. Further, I wish to reassure the public and families that the RTCIPF is committed to bringing prosecutions against perpetrators and, when possible, closure to persons who have lost loved ones to these senseless homicides”.

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Tragic Shooting Death of Frantz Fleurimond Rocks Five Cays Community

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#TurksandCaicos, May 31, 2024 – The tight-knit community of Five Cays was left reeling following the tragic shooting death of Frantz Fleurimond, a 34-year-old resident, on the night of Friday, May 24th, 2024.  Exclusive insights from family members, friends, and neighbors shed light on the circumstances surrounding the untimely demise of Fleurimond, known affectionately as Frantz by those who knew him.

According to accounts from family members, including his outspoken father and mild-mannered stepmother, the harrowing incident unfolded around 10 pm.  The father vividly recalled the terrifying moment when loud gunshots rang out, with one bullet piercing through their wooden home, which housed both the family and Frantz in separate sections.

This wasn’t the first brush with violence for Frantz.

Several years prior, he had endured a brutal assault in Blue Hills, leaving him with severe head injuries that required months of recuperation in Jamaica.  Despite his resilience, Frantz’s mental health had been fragile ever since, with episodes of erratic behavior and struggles with substance abuse.

Described by many as a highly respected chef at prominent hotels across Providenciales, Frantz’s life took a dark turn following the traumatic incident.  He returned to live with his parents after his marriage ended, grappling with mental illness and addiction.

Neighbors recounted hearing the fatal shots on the night of Frantz’s death, followed by a chilling silence. Rushing to investigate, they discovered Frantz’s lifeless body in his own home, prompting them to alert the authorities.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force confirmed the tragic incident, expressing condolences to Frantz’s grieving family.  Superintendent Dean Holden of the Serious Crimes Unit assured the community that the investigation into the shooting were underway, emphasizing the urgency of finding justice for Frantz and his loved ones.

While details surrounding Frantz’s death remain murky, speculation swirls about a potential motive stemming from his troubled past and reported confrontations with others in the community.  However, no official statements have been made regarding suspects or arrests in connection with the case.

As the Five Cays community grapples with shock and sorrow in the wake of Frantz Fleurimond’s untimely passing, loved ones remember him fondly for his culinary talents, kind spirit, and resilience in the face of adversity.  As investigations continue, hopes remain high for answers and closure for those left mourning the loss of a cherished friend, family member, and community member.

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Two Firearm-related incidents are being investigated; one ends in MURDER

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#TurksandCaicos, May 30, 2024 – The Serious Crimes Unit of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is investigating two firearm-related incidents that occurred yesterday evening and this morning in Providenciales.

Head of Crime, Safeguarding, Public Protection and Intelligence Superintendent Dean Holden said, “Last evening’s shooting incident resulted in the death of a 34-year-old male from Five Cays.

“The victim has been identified as FRANTZ FLEURIMOND. Based on preliminary reports, Mr. Fleurimond was at home when a gunshot was heard. The police were contacted and, upon arrival, discovered his body. The RTCIPF extends condolences to Mr. Fleurimond’s family.

“In a separate incident that occurred today (May 25th), a 48-year-old security guard was on duty at a bar located off South Dock Road when a lone gunman entered the establishment and proceeded to rob the patrons.

“While fleeing the scene, the gunman fired two shots, one of which struck the security guard.

“Officers and medical personnel were dispatched to the scene, and the guard was transported to a medical facility for treatment.”

The RTCIPF asks the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on this incident or any other illegal activities.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app and share information anonymously.

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