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Holder ordered deported after feud with ex-lover

Gostain Holder being escorted from court on March 26, 2015

Governor John Duncan has ordered the deportation of Andy Gostain Holder, who had committed the offence of aggravated burglary against his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.

The Jost Van Dyke resident, who is also called Splurt, should leave the British Virgin Islands (BVI) within seven days of the order issued on May 8. He can appeal against the order within the seven days.

In the latest edition of the Virgin Islands Gazette, Governor Duncan, who did not identify Holder’s home country, said the offender does not belong to the BVI.

Under the Immigration and Passport Ordinance, the Governor can order the deportation of any non-belonger who breaches the said Ordinance, or who is convicted of an offence in the territory that is punishable with three or more months imprisonment.

The offence of aggravated burglary is punishable with imprisonment of three months or more, Governor Duncan noted. He added that, after consultation with the Chief Immigration Officer, he has come to the conclusion that Holder’s stay in the territory is “undesirable and not conducive to the public good”.

In December 2015, Holder was sentenced to three years imprisonment after he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s Jost Van Dyke house with a machete. The woman was with her new lover on the night Holder committed the aggravated burglary.

Holder later launched another attack on the ex-girlfriend, and was charged with common assault, criminal trespass, and criminal damage. The court heard that he – on this second occasion – entered the woman’s home in March 2015 and assaulted her. It is also said that he destroyed her cellphone. In this case, Holder was ordered to pay a fine as well as compensation.

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