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Female teen charged in connection to robbery-homicide incident

Another person has been charged in connection to the April 18 robbery that resulted in the death of 67-year-old Catherine Pickering.

Charged for aiding offenders is 18-year-old Teffiny Smith of Zion Hill.

She is the second female implicated in the incident and the fifth accused person overall.

The others are 22-year-old Akeem Hopkinson and 28-year-old Shameek Grant; one of whom is in a relationship with Smith.

The accused men are charged for murder, robbery, and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

The other person implicated in the incident is Shemar Richardson who is accused of feeding inside information to the perpetrators who executed the crime.

Twenty-year-old Tyann Smith of Freshwater Pond is the other woman charged for or aiding offenders.

According to allegations from the Director of Public Prosecutions Tiffany Scatliffe-Esprit, footage from a digital video recorder inside Hopkinson’s apartment shows two females removing a bag containing what police believe to be the murder weapon — an AK47 assault rifle.

The women later returned to the apartment without a weapon and it has not been recovered to date.

Both females were granted bail until their appearances before the Magistrate’s Court on May 6.


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  1. gun says:

    Please get this murderous AK-47 off the street. Question these girls until they confess its location.

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  2. :( says:

    Wow, so young too!

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  3. Taxpayer says:

    I hope the send them some place other than the hotel Balsum to serve their time.

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    • Yup says:

      They will set them free. No jail for Belongers. Only a pat on the hand and a “don’t do it again or at least don’t get caught”.

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    • Alfred says:

      If they are hiding an AK-47 they d**n well deserve to be in the prison.

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  4. Concern BVI Islander says:

    The two young ladies need their ass cut. they old enough and they knows right from wrong, … A set of young fools who don’t want to work for what they want and believe going about robbing and killing persons for they hard earned money that they work for will be accepted. This it total nonsense and we will not accept this kind of behavior in the BVI. Mr. Primer Minister please bring back *** in the BVI, we need it back in this country like yesterday. If you do the crime you need to pay for the crime if no obey. It do for do please

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  5. Rubber Duck says:

    They won’t say where the weapon went and yet they are given bail?

    Something rotten in the BVI judiciary.

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    • BuzzBvi says:

      Clearly some stupid rulings keep fueling the spiral of the VI into lawlessness. let them go when they say where the gun went. Increase their sentences. Please law folks ask where they got the gun. If no answer double the sentence. Who supplying the guns. Let’s get them. No one ever knows anything aroudn here. Culture? What kind of culture values hiding criminals?

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  6. Second that says:

    I have no mercy for those girls. A damn shame what they were involved in. THE ONLY PUNISHMENT I SEE FIT FOR ALL OF THEM IS KNEELING BEFORE A …

  7. WILL SAY THIS says:


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  8. Wow says:

    Hide a murder weapon and getting bail

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  9. Mikhail Kalashnikov says:

    Please I admonished the two young girls to give up the AK.

    No point in protecting criminals.

    If your choose to fight the state no one will help you down the line!

    Further if you side the these guys, then you will live by the sword.. it’s the only option you will have left!

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  10. What!!!! says:

    These stupid girls know where the rifle was hidden we do not need another gun still out on the streets give it up if not I hope you spend a long time in jail. Bail was a big mistake they should sit in jail until they give up the murder weapon.

  11. Wise up says:

    They will walk free look at the last name , it’s just how things works in the BVI ,wish Jasper was still here.

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  12. Bunk says:

    Why the narrative of “Female teen”? Lets call her what she is, an adult woman.

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