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Crown offers no evidence against Thaxter in arms case

The Crown opted to offer no charges against Davin Thaxter when his matter came up before the Magistrate's Court on May 29, 2013. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Crown related that it would no longer offer any charges against Davin Thaxter in a firearm and ammunition case when he appeared before the Magistrate’s Court today, May 29, 2013.

Thaxter was charged jointly with Jerome Allen following the alleged seizure of firearms and ammunition aboard the Smith’s Ferry vessel, Bomba Charger, on August 14, 2011.

The Crown had alleged that the two men imported an S15 Superior Assault rifle, a Glock pistol and 250 rounds of live .223 ammunition in addition to several rounds of live 7.62 ammunition.

The defendant was also charged for not having a valid permit for possession the items, and another charge for having the S15 riffle, which is illegal in the territory.

Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards dismissed the matter, telling the defendant that he was now free to go after Senior Crown Valston Graham declared that the Crown would no longer be offering any evidence against the defendant.

The Crown did not state why it would no longer be offering evidence against the defendant. Thaxter is also an employee and crew member of Smith’s Ferry Service was charged with illegal importation and possession of firearms and ammunition.

The vessel had docked in the Road Town harbour after leaving the US Virgin Islands. The alleged find was made with the assistance of K-9 dogs. The items were said to have been discovered in a Home Depot Box.

Earlier, Graham related that the Crown would be proceeding against defendant Jerome Allen and proposed to have five witnesses testify. Four of the witnesses, including K-9 officers were present in court today.

6 Responses to “Crown offers no evidence against Thaxter in arms case”

  • hard times (29/05/2013, 14:16) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    August 2011. Court 2 years later ! Assault rifle and Glock, dropped charges. What is going on in the DPP's Office. Surely a case can be put together in 2 years, and if not, why does it take so long to review a case. Swift justice is good justice .
  • weed (29/05/2013, 14:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    oh yea
  • son of the soil (29/05/2013, 22:46) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    oh! so ayo loose the islandman and hold the native?
  • wet well (29/05/2013, 23:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think crime is the main reason for the bvi brain drain.

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