A 33-year-old boat captain was granted $10,000 signed bail after he allegedly caused his boat to endangered the life of a male passenger earlier this year.
Charged with ‘reckless and negligent act’ is Rajir Pickering, a BVI Belonger.
He was not made to plead when he appeared before Magistrate Samuel Jack Husbands last Thursday.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that on June 16 this year, the complainant who is from St Thomas in the neighbouring US Virgin Islands and his siblings boarded a vessel at the CSY dock following the Buju Banton show on Tortola back in June.
The party boat made several stops along the way including one at Norman Island and finally at the Willy T that was moored at Great Harbour, Peter Island.
The court heard that the complainant reportedly noticed Pickering who he claimed appeared to be intoxicated. Pickering was reportedly seen with a woman who was sitting in the captain’s chair while he navigated the boat.
The court further heard that the accused man sounded his boat’s horn while passengers were still in the water around the Willy T.
It is alleged that Pickering fired up the engine at the same time that the complainant was making his way from the water unto the back steps.
He reportedly sustained injuries to his buttocks and legs from the propeller’s engagement.
He was subsequently taken to the Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital on Tortola and was later flown abroad for further medical attention.
Pickering’s legal counsel, Andrew Morrison, told the court that his client was a boat captain for several years and had no previous antecedents.
He told the court that Pickering is not a flight risk and corporated with the authorities during their investigations into the matter.
Magistrate Husbands then imposed bail in the sum of $10,000 with one signed surety.
The accused was ordered to surrender his travel documents and report to the Road Town Police Station every Friday between 6 am and 6 pm
His matter was then adjourned to December 5.
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