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Court orders retrial after jury fails to agree on verdict for accused cops

Simon Power and Pamphil Prevost

Following roughly nine hours of deliberations, jurors in the high-profile criminal case against two interdicted police officers returned with a ‘not guilty’ verdict for one of two charges and were unable to agree on a verdict for the second charge.

Pamphil Prevost and Simon Power, who were jointly accused of conspiracy to steal and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice were read their verdicts in the High Court minutes after 8:30 pm on Tuesday, April 16.

For the charge of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, the nine-member jury returned with a majority eight-to-one not guilty verdict. The accused cops were subsequently discharged on that matter.

Justice Rajiv Persad, however, ordered a retrial for the conspiracy to steal charge since jurors could not agree on a verdict.

The accused duo are now scheduled to return to court on April 29 at which time the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions will determine how they wish to move forward.

Both Prevost and Power will remain on bail until then.

Initially, there were three officers charged with conspiracy to steal. However, that third interdicted cop, Shawn Henry, was acquitted after his lawyer successfully argued that there was insuficient evidence against his client.

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  1. NARCICCUS says:

    You know what really bother me these man suppose to up hold law. The people who put their life on the line for the game went to jail ok part of the game. some lost their life, ok part of the game you playing. But to know these fake wanna be bad man cops take man HARD WORK AND BETTER THEIR PERSONAL LIFE AND THAT OF THEIR PEOPLES SAME THING THE MAN THEM THEY ARREST WAS TRYING TO DO. Strupes put their behind right out on the streets as civilians mans will take it from there.

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    • One eye fowl cock says:

      Boss go sit your sorry $@@ down touch anyone and your coward will receive a beating tell that to your other pushers

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      • OZYMANDIAS says:

        You talking bout beating and from reading the comment MANS talking bout marrow. Only one thing going make marrow fly BOSS and it aint going be a coward. Wild cowboy but def not gonna be a coward.

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  2. REALLY says:

    Those jurors really allowed those cops to get away after what they did? My Lord!

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    • It's Called Reasonable Doubt says:

      A man is innocent until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt! The men may be guilty but it is the prosecution’s duty to present the evidence necessary for a conviction. Anything short of that the jury has to bring a verdict of ‘not guilty.’ It’s as simple as that.

      I have been following this case and from what I have read this case was amusing from day one. No wonder the jury finds it ‘hard.’

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    • Not the jurors says:

      Trust and believe, its not the jurors, the prosecutors in the BVI sucks!!!!aannddd they wait a lot of years after the incident to bring forth the case which would end up stale in everyone’s mind.

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    • looking says:

      Yes its a TORTOLA JURY.

  3. hmm says:

    these man goin walk away free just watch, this system a joke.

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  4. Interested. says:

    That comment is totally out of order. If you have additional information that the police dont have you ought to keep your comment within reason. Everyone who is arrested are not guilty. I have no idea as to their guilt or innocence, do you. That is why we have the courts to determine whether they are in the opinion of their peers. Police put their lives on the line everyday to serve and to protect. If they are guilty they will be dealt with. If not then we owe them an apology.

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  5. The Reaper says:

    They will get It ….if they walk the street. We know what happened The Street knows ??

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  6. Hummn says:

    These men need to take responsibility for their actions,because am pretty sure, they will not survive the consequences, that will follow,jury smell it coming.

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  7. Jenna says:

    Interested to see the outcome

  8. Interesting says:

    What is interesting is that the likes and dislikes button seems to be manipulated to make the negative comments be highlighted more. In any event, the jurors have to exercise the LAW and not hearsay or fabrication especially in the case of the witnesses. There is nothing to see here. Moving right along.

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  9. @Interesting says:

    Move Right along; u goin’ see who moving right along DA obeah cant to stop this one. DIRT on hands.

    • God above Obeah says:

      How ironic that you don’t believe in God but quick to spew about DA obeah…..
      Ppl judge, God shows grace and Mercy
      I would be careful to speak or act against anyone holding firm to God, because whether you believe it or not when God is for you who can be against you.

  10. Enforcement is Key says:

    The BVI is forever imperilled with the jury system. A large percentage of the community upholds and applaud criminal activity to a large degree. Family and friends are given refuge by protection/hiding them from the law with secrecy. In addition it’s inherent for the protector to remain quiet, never to speak of the illegal act even when faced with exposing an individual in court. The fact it permeates not only the Virgin Islands but also the region as a whole, there will be many guilty individuals that walk free using this juror system.

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  11. Shaun says:

    Hence the reason why jury trials are a waste of time. They don’t understand the law..

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  12. Churcheck says:

    U all still believe in the justice system from the police to the prosecutor. Haha.from hear people see and blind .u knows not who u talking to crime is always be

  13. Ally salt fish says:

    Time to k!// poorlezz

  14. Honeydew melon says:

    Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Ya’ll badminded folks get facts before commenting foolishness. The fact that they take so long to reach a verdict means that evidence is not sufficient….

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  15. One eye fowl cock says:

    Make sure you dig a pit for your self dumd and illiterate

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