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Accused request for passport to shop in St. Thomas denied

Mr. Ragnauth was denied access to his passport to travel to the US to shop. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Isaac Ragnauth, who is facing charges for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, appeared at the Magistrates Court today, July 18, 2012 where his request to have his passport to travel to St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands, to shop for his business was denied.

In accordance with court records, Mr. Ragnauth, a businessman, allegedly assaulted his wife over their business finances.

In his first court appearance on May, 29, 2012, he had pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Tamia Richards, and was offered $45,000 bail with one signed surety. In addition he was ordered to surrender his travel documents and report to the Road Town Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

On behalf of the defendant’s rightful lawyer Ms. Mari-lou Creque, Mr. Stephen Daniels brought to the court’s attention, a request coming from the accused, asking for an amendment to his current bail.

In addressing the court, Mr. Daniels stated that the defendant, who is also an entrepreneur and owner of Mala’s West Indian Delight in Baugher’s Bay, wished to travel to St. Thomas on Saturday July 21, 2012, to make shopping to furnish his business for the upcoming festival season.

In the request, Mr. Daniels stated that Mr. Ragnauth wishes to collect his passport from Police custody and return it the same afternoon upon his return.

In rebuttal to the defendant’s amendment of the application of bail, Senior Crown Counsel Representative Janice Stout said the Crown is not pleased and wishes to disapprove of the amendment, seeing that the business is owned by the defendant and his wife and they are still partners in the business.

Ms. Stoutt further stated that the wife of Mr. Ragnauth, who is also the Virtual Complainant in the case, is accustomed to travelling oversees to shop for the business. She added that the wife has the proper documents to do so as well and the responsibilities can be imposed upon her.

“The Crown objects to the release of Mr. Ragnauth’s passport to travel.”

In response to the statements coming from the Crown, Mr. Daniel informed the court that the defendant and the wife are no longer married.

Presiding over the Magistrate’s Court, Magistrate Tamia Richards denied and withdrew Mr. Daniels’ application for amendment in the bail requirements and stated that it is not a valuable reason to release the defendant’s travel documents, seeing that he is traveling to support the economy of the United States Virgin Islands.

Mr. Ragnauth remains on bail with the same conditions as before, and is scheduled to make another appearance on August 29, 2012.

20 Responses to “Accused request for passport to shop in St. Thomas denied”

  • Flanks (18/07/2012, 15:13) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    lmao! Tamia is a gangsta..hahahaa!! support local bossman.
    • REALLY? (20/07/2012, 13:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Now really and truely? ANYBODY COULD SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES AND STILL MAKE A PROFIT, NO!
  • my two cents (18/07/2012, 15:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well saw children melee
  • dude (18/07/2012, 15:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    See marriage in the BVI just ain't worth it.
    • new facts (18/07/2012, 23:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      wife-beating has been largely ignored in the BVI but it must also be seen as a mental health issue.
  • candyapple (18/07/2012, 15:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    what goes up must come down, spinning wheel got to go round, when you spit in the air it will fall back in your face
  • Gray Skull (18/07/2012, 16:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    "...seeing that he is traveling to support the economy of the United States Virgin Islands" Am I reading correctly??? That's the reason the magistrate won't release the man's passport?
    • Lawyer (18/07/2012, 20:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I hope that the magistrate that bail is not a pre-punishment but only to ensure that the defendant comes to court when his case is heard. This man is a businessman here and whilst I understand that there is an allegation against him, he is well established in the BVI. Where do you think he will go? I believe that for such an offence -and I am not condoning assault on a wife - but two sides will be told in court- such strict bail conditions are uncalled for. If and when he is found or pleads guilty, he will be sentenced. Dont make him suffer before.
      • Stop It (19/07/2012, 11:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        What do you call well-established? He doesnt own any land or property, and as far as know he is renting; so indeed, I agree with the Magistrate. He would have skipped town once he got to St. Thomas. Btw Island Dept Store and Bargain Center among other local businesses have lots of furniture
        • REALITY CHECK (20/07/2012, 13:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Since you want to go there, imma give you a nice little reality check! For your information, he is a well established man. Living in the BVI for a very long time, this man does own land and property. So because he renting means he cant own land and property? You sound sooooo foolish! So next time, let me give you a little advice, before you decide to say something, GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!
  • U. Smith (18/07/2012, 20:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    deeds wife beaters is a mess
    • Saint (18/07/2012, 22:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Who ever Smith you are the man is not a mess see how the man looking good and getting by looks like he work hard for what he has
      • Queen Mary (19/07/2012, 10:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Well sah see what jealousy can do when these married man aint demself behaving
  • Well Sah (18/07/2012, 21:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well Well..... The Magistrate need to be confiscating alot of passports for supporting St. Thomas economy....LMAO
    • Lee (19/07/2012, 09:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The Magestrate need to confiscate yours first because it seems to me that you do not have any commom sense. It is claimed in the story that he and his wife is no longer married. When he is given his passport to travel to St Thomas, he may flee and go back to his country to avoid his sentences.
  • school children (18/07/2012, 21:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    leh he shop yah
  • Angel (18/07/2012, 22:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Veno you need to do a story on magistrates who don't warnt Mark and Myron and them who go to shop overseas for them businesses to support out side economy . I sure I see her on the boat going St Thomas and coming back with items that she coud have purchased here. She tripping she need to some time off . Leave the man he doing The Territory good for all them who dont like cook and like good food.
  • Not true (18/07/2012, 22:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Never heard such nonsense before magistrate have a thing against business man hmmm,
  • open wide (18/07/2012, 23:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Ragnauth are you for real?
  • Does it fit? (23/07/2012, 13:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Have to agree that withholding his travel documents seems severe. There are two people involved in a domestic violence dispute. Hitting a woman is never right, but badgering a person until they lose it is also wrong. The man has a business to run. He is not a drug dealer, murderer, burglar or anyone facing charges for actions facing serious jail time that he would run away from all he has established in the Bvi. yes shopping in the USVI does not support our local economy, however, many businesses do just that to remain competicompetitive and earn a profit after costs. Allow the man the right to travel for his business purchases. If he is charged and denied, the ex-wife should face the same until trial. They both should be sent for anger management and some counselling on how to run a business together since they obviously are far from in like with each other. I also think that domestic violence issues should be dealt with more expediently, especially when there are other circumstances that are affected such as business or home ownership and children. Deal with the two of them and let them both get back to a semblence of living. However, if it can be proven that the man has a history of violence, there are prior reports of that violence and proof of violence, then he should be dealt with accordingly. Same for the woman. However, for the pending charges reported this one act, wrong as it was, does not befit the punishment.


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