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Gov’t outsources legal services as Boynes appeals murder conviction

Kenyatta Boynes (in jacket) being escorted from court on a previous occasion.

Kenyatta Boynes is appealing his 2017 murder and attempted murder convictions and government is hiring external legal services to conduct the appeal.

The government has outsourced Queen’s Counsel (QC) John Black for the case. This was indicated in the post-meeting statements from Cabinet’s March 3 sitting.

“Cabinet granted exceptional approval to waive the tender process to allow the Government of the Virgin Islands to re-engage Mr John Black, QC for additional legal services rendered to conduct the appeal, Kenyatta Boynes v The Queen,” the statement said.

Cabinet further approved the payment of $15,000 to QC Black. This is in addition to the $96,900 Cabinet approved back in 2020 for Black’s legal services in the “Operation Lucan trial that resulted in the petty contract threshold of $100,000 being exceeded”.

Operation Lucan refers to the high-profile case involving the Pamphill Prevost, Simon Power, and Shawn Henry — the three police officers who were accused of conspiracy to steal.

As for the case at hand, Boynes is hoping to get his murder/attempted murder convictions overturned in the BVI’s Court of Appeal. Defence attorneys Paul Taylor QC and Reynela Rawlins are on record as his legal representatives.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is the government body responsible for criminal matters in the BVI. It has not been said why the government is outsourcing for Boynes’ case.

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  1. YOUTH says:

    Once it is a UK foreigner then it is alright to outsource government work. Had it been a local getting paid this kind of money then we would not hear the end of this one.

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    • The alternative? says:

      Would be to let our own very self important DPP do the appeal. Is there any concern about her competency?

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    • yup says:

      look at how many cops it takes to escort one man.

      Imagine if there were many on the streets doing their job of actually enforcing the law…

      Jus sayin

  2. Clearly says:

    Once it is UK then it is always OK.

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  3. People says:

    What hypocrites in this place.

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  4. Excuse Me says:

    Isn’t the DPP’s office competent enough to deal with this and other matters? That was a simple enough appeal, not complex at all.

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  5. LOL says:

    The locals are not good enough? Wow!

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  6. The Truth says:

    Appeal for what? You is a b– mon right?

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  7. Wide Eyed says:

    They just want to make sure its a fair appeal. On the other hand it can turn out to be a lynch job. He gets rich and is out of here

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  8. awa says:

    I smell a Rat ??????

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  9. wow says:

    forreal??? murderer wan geh out and only do 4 years???? he a crazy man mohn

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  10. Money talk says:

    We trying to get the [alleged] murderers off the street not on,

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  11. Strups says:

    F that dude

    • Waiting says:

      When the tender process is waived for the UK professionals it is always okay & justifiable. We will wait to see & hear what will be said by you hypocrites when the tender process is waived to hire local professionals.

  12. My bwoy says:

    Unless you got new evidence to make you walk free. You only going to waste your money and tax payers money.

    Like others said. You spend 4 years. Not even the time equal the one who [alleged] life you took. So on that base i see you loosing this case.

  13. Actually says:

    I believe this is due to a possible conflict…

  14. Watchers says:

    U will be surprise that man when his case. This place is slack and lawless. That’s why many get a slap on the wrisk and are free to go.

  15. Surprised says:

    After [allegedly] killing someone’s child they trying to let him go wow bvi government ain’t about justice then

  16. Tola says:

    They are cousins …

  17. Sick says:

    What a waste of tax payers money…

  18. Belonger says:

    These are the times when I miss Terrence Williams – cow never know the use of his tail until it’s gone.

    • Miss Draft says:

      Yes I remember Mr.Williams they wanted him to leave
      They find he was here to long. Since then the office
      can’t win a simple case. They never ready its always
      something.

  19. Wishy Washy says:

    If the government knows whats good for them .. they will leave that man on the hill.. mind eh…

  20. @ waiting says:

    I hope the one who survivsed ISis waiting to balance the scale – what is good for the goose is good for the gander

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