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Rift between inmates lands in court

An assault incident stemming from a rift between two inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison is now before the Magistrate’s Court.

Charged with common assault is Essadro Jefferson.

Jefferson pleaded not guilty to the offence which he is accused of committing against Shakeel Ryan. The trial commenced before Magistrate Christilyn Benjamin on Monday.

The court heard that the men — who are on remand on charges relating to the death of David Springette in 2017 — were coming from a court appearance on July 9, 2018, when the incident occurred.

The men were brought from the Balsam Ghut-based adult penitentiary in two separate vehicles. However, they crossed paths inside the reception area of the prison, the court heard.

Ryan, the complainant, testified that he entered the room unaware that Jefferson was behind the door where he could not see him. He told the court that as soon as he entered, he was headbutted by the accused and sustained a busted lip.

He said he had to quickly react by raising his cuffed hands to fend off any more attacks. They were separated by police and prison officers who were nearby at the time.

The incident lasted a few seconds, he further said.

 I was angry

Meanwhile, Prison Officer Kesena Okoro testified that he was in another room interviewing a new inmate when he heard a loud bang in the reception area.

He said he also saw the officers parting the men and ordering Jefferson to ‘stand down’. 

The trial continues.

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  1. eyes says:

    That st kitts boy out of control up there.

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  2. Wow says:

    The guards need to pay more attention to inmates especially when they are going to cross paths with other prisoners SMH

    • Bigga says:

      They have locals up there but it’s a vincy jail only 5 locals to 40 plus they don’t want no locals in power it’s who f***ing who for promotion no locals in charge vincy only white suits f***ing them vincy for promotion can tell u more it just need investigation

  3. Local girl says:

    What’s the name of the officer Okoro that’s not ah local NAME we need more local officers

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  4. BVI woman says:

    Stupes locals lazy lazy need more locals what, weed and sell drugs all they can do well.

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    • Tortola Born and Raised says:

      lol yall be sounding so mad on BVI NEWS WEBSITE is this how you really feel? I guess you be buying the weed.. all these local vs expat comment just be bating something that dont exist.. We all one but yet yall want come for us in our own country.. we aint all bad and your ppl aint all bad either.. but if s**t is so stinky here how bout you go home and take a bigger draw.. and come back and tell me how that s**t smell

  5. Mmmmmm says:

    Officers clearly dont know the dynamics.

  6. Blocks says:

    So why is this part out here on the news this is prison like all prisons they have the beef and brawls this matter should be tried with a judge within the prison system

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  7. facts says:

    trial finish now this guys was found not guilty an the complainant was fount to be lyin repeatedly but there no mention of it the news only report what it wants to an half stories this case should have neva been in courts seein it happen in a prison dont they have a system in place for stuff like this?

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