A Carrot Bay man who attends a university in Florida, USA was placed on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison for allegedly stabbing another man while on summer break in the territory.
Twenty-five-year-old Travis ‘Bumpy’ Osborne – a full-time scholarship recipient undergoing studies in construction engineering – has been charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent.
He was not required to plead because the offence for which he is charged is indictable. That effectively means his matter may be heard at the High Court before a judge and jury.
The court heard that the accused and an 18-year-old man had a scuffle in Carrot Bay on August 9.
However, onlookers quickly intervened and ended the fight. The two parted ways but the accused met the said young man in the Capoon’s Bay later that day.
The fight resumed and Osborne was left with a fractured jaw while the young man had to spend 11 days at Peebles Hospital to undergo surgeries for wounds to his left upper chest.
Other alleged offences during summer break
The court heard that inflicting those stab wounds was not the only offence Osbourne committed since returning to the BVI for the summer.
Osborne is also accused of burglary and ‘harbouring’ — offences which he had received bail for on a previous occasion.
Magistrate Christilyn Benjamin therefore revoked that bail offer.
And despite his attorney Patricia Archibald-Bowers’ argument that Osborne is a good student who, until recently, was never in trouble with the law, Magistrate Benjamin said Osborne is likely to re-offend.
The magistrate pointed out that Osbourne is accused of committing all those offences within a few short months of each other. She further said that is cause for great concern.
Osborne is scheduled to return to court on October 4.
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