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‘Disappointed’ customer allegedly beat & robbed lap dancer

- Garry Smith, charged with assault & theft, was allegedly not pleased with only 20 minutes of private dance after paying $100
September 17th, 2016 | Tags: Garry Smith lap dance pepper spray exotic dancer assault
Garry Smith was charged with assault and theft as occasioned on a commercial sex worker after he allegedly was not satisfied with the time he was allotted for a private lap dance. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islander Garry Smith, 43, is currently facing charges of assault and theft as occasioned on an exotic dancer after he allegedly was not satisfied with the time he was allotted for a private lap dance.

Smith, a fisherman who hails from the East End community, pleaded not guilty to the charges yesterday Friday September 16, 2016 when he appeared in the Magistrates Court at John’s Hole, Tortola, before Senior Magistrate Tamia N. Richards.

The court heard that on May 14, 2016 the accused man was at a night club downstairs in the UP’s building. He allegedly paid one of the exotic dancers $100 for a private dance. He was led to a private room where after spending some 20 minutes someone knocked on the door indicating that their time had expired.


The prosecution told the court that Smith was disappointed with the time allotted and indicated that if he couldn’t get some additional time he wanted his $100 back. He was told if he needed more time he would have to pay more. He refused and he was not given the additional time and as such he requested to be refunded his $100.

An argument ensued between him and the female who had given him his 20 minutes for his $100 and the incident got physical, resulting in the victim allegedly receiving superficial injuries. As a result, she pepper sprayed him. During this time, the defendant allegedly grabbed the female’s purse, took out three hundred dollars that was in it and fled the club.

The matter was reported at the Road Town Police Station and the victim was taken to Peebles Hospital where she was treated for multiple injuries, which included damage to the right and left arms, shoulder, neck and forehead.

Later that said morning the accused was met, arrested and charged for the offences and during an interview with police, denied the allegations but said, “I did not intend to harm her. I was just trying to get out of the room because she pepper-sprayed me.” Smith was also taken to Peebles Hospital where he was treated. He was placed on $10,000 station bail.

The court heard that the victim in the matter has since left the territory; however, the case will come up again in court on December 2, 2016.

61 Responses to “‘Disappointed’ customer allegedly beat & robbed lap dancer”

  • SB (17/09/2016, 07:16) Like (7) Dislike (9) Reply
    20 min for a $100?
    • 411 (17/09/2016, 08:12) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ask again.
      You will learn....
      Commercial... Not Private..
      This is a business..
      He was to find out exactly what he was paying for before he ACTED like some big time baller..
      Then he paid 100 and stole 300?? And then running away???? Lil p^$$!
    • Yeah Man (17/09/2016, 09:46) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sex workers don't come cheap. Good for his dumb behind. Dude could not afford the $100 but he walk in there acting like he was some big baller. I guess he wanted the dancer to whine on his lap a hundred times.
  • youcum (17/09/2016, 07:20) Like (38) Dislike (20) Reply
    Is commercial sex legal in the BVI? Its straight up prostitution to me and thats illegal here.
    • apple (17/09/2016, 08:03) Like (33) Dislike (5) Reply
      People on it is not legal... The point here is a man abuse a woman physically simply because he is not satisfied. That is the point a hand; He must be made an example for such action. We always look for excuses for our peoples actions as to where she from? what she is doing here? Is it legal? deport her, this is prostitution etc. The young man is violent and take note of that...
      The government is responsible for the Prostitution problem as some ministers goes there anyway;
    • Slackness (17/09/2016, 08:12) Like (50) Dislike (8) Reply
      We all know it's illegal, but apparently this is the BVI and anything goes. Imagine a stripper calling the cops cause she was robbed for doing something illegal SMH
      • Outsider (17/09/2016, 11:11) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
        Tickets are also iegal, and everyone play openly including ministers and police officers
      • Pimp (17/09/2016, 11:36) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
        TO SLACKNESS, the last time i checked the law surrounding this, dancing was not illegal in the bvi, sex for monetary gain is illegal, and according to the allegations nothing like that took place, it was a lap dance, nothing is wrong with that.
        • . (19/09/2016, 22:59) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
          Lap dancer, whore, same thing. All is illegal. Where is the enforcement? Where are the church groups and teachers and guardians of young people's morality to march on these whorehouses and shut them down? Instead of sitting at a revival chatting nonsense, do something meaningful for God and the innocents.

          One thing for sure. No one is paying $100 to watch a woman dance regardless how she whine up. Is some form of release he expected and didn't get and that is illegal. Send her back Santo, Manila or wherever she come from.
          • B Real (20/09/2016, 01:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
            SAYS THE UGLY CHIC IN THE ROOM...Trust nobody want a lap dance from you boo.
    • almostcum (17/09/2016, 08:36) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
      @youcum it said "He allegedly paid one of the commercial sex workers $100 for a private dance. He was led to a private room where after spending some 20 minutes someone knocked on the door indicating that their time had expired.

      1. He didn't get to cum yet. he only got the 20 minutes of dance worth $100. That made HARD but mad.
      2. He was expecting more after the dance but he work too slow and he time run out. That made him madder.
      3. After the knock he say he went soft and everything went downhill from there. That pissed him off.
      4. He paid a sex worker for a private dance, not sex. She did her dance (perhaps) and that was it. Who said anything about them having sex? How and where is that illegal? If you go to a drug man place of business and buy 20 empty dime bags from him, have you committed any crime? what's illegal about that?

      HE PAID $100 FOR A PRIVATE DANCE, AND THATS WHAT HE GOT. Bottom line. You want more? bring more.
    • I agree (17/09/2016, 10:27) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
      I agree it aint legal. And while you looking at the fact that he assaulted her..look into the fact that it should not be done in the Territory in the first place. Nonsense....
    • SMH (17/09/2016, 13:55) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      One would hope the lap dancer and the establishment are faced with penalties/fines as well.
  • chad (17/09/2016, 07:28) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    I wondering, do our government hand out work permits for commercial sex? Since when this is legal. Or did she had one for a waiter and doing something else. This is nonsense, why wasn't she arrested too for doing that type of work she was doing when report was made or law enforcement sucks ... She probably come her for a weekend visit and was shaking he tail for
    Return ticket buh entertainer ... Strupes
    • Rosie (17/09/2016, 10:23) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
  • Huu (17/09/2016, 07:47) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    BVI youths are so violent all because their Government and family thinks they are above the law. This is a St Croix in the making. Take heed while you can because it will not get better people. Don't blame expat children for your problems oh!
    • crucian (17/09/2016, 15:06) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
      why you dont shut your m&*$%#s*#@t! Only St. Croix have issues? Have you watched CNN today to see whats going on in Chicago? Ohiio? Jacka$@.

      Heffa run gone back where she came from. How can you pepper spray a man and he's able to still find her purse, open it and steal not $100 but $300? Pure for- curry.

      You stay deh wi you ish. If it was STX, she would still be there dancjing all now. Struppess.
  • WTF (17/09/2016, 08:16) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    Wtf is a Commercial Sex Worker? Do they get work permits? What Nature's Little Secrets have come to is way beyond what I don't think was ever possible. Well, since these people operate openly I hope government will insist that they get health cards. This is like lottery is illegal but the ticket sellers sell their tickets openly. That is why the government should legalize gambling so that they can collect taxes. So since commercial sex workers operate publicly, legalize prostitution and it will be mandatory that these people get work permits, health cards and pay taxes. They are operating unhindered any damn way.
  • just asking.. (17/09/2016, 08:43) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    What he expected?
  • Reas the article (17/09/2016, 08:43) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    The man is in his 40s so how can he be referred to as a youth? People of all nationaties commit offenses so shut your mouth.
  • concern (17/09/2016, 08:54) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    I wonder if he have a girlfriend! Please think twice.
  • he right (17/09/2016, 09:19) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    So why is she not being arrested for her illegal activity?
    Are here's things being taxed
    Is she in the country legally
    What work permit does she have
    Why are people bring locked up for marijuana possession and these "*%%$ aren'ft
  • Crate and Barrel (17/09/2016, 09:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Boy you were better off paying a female cat in heat the $100 dollars to twerk and do the humpty dumpy on your lap. You would have been grinning and purring at the same time.#PURRRRRRRRR. LMAO.
  • $$$$$ root of evil (17/09/2016, 09:34) Like (37) Dislike (7) Reply
    Dem say variety is the spice of life and you have to be in it to win it.Many cant find $100 to put into the collection plate but find money to do these kind of things.We often sit back and say oh the church has enough or a lot of money so what remember it often goes back into the society. For the shut-ins,the prison or hospital outreach,etc.You see why the church have to sometimes charge you sometimes even more than its normal members is that you dont make or never made a contribution for its upkeep. So next time give that to the church and ask the Almighty to find you a wife not a knife, to enjoy Miss Palmer for free or abstain from immorality.
    • invest (17/09/2016, 11:32) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
      He should save his hundred and ask a nice lady out on a dinner date. Maybe find a woman over time and marry she. Be a respectful, caring, generous lover and get the same back in return for free without having to pay a skanky female that doesn't care shat about anything but who can fill her purse with the most dollars.
    • Casino investment.. (17/09/2016, 11:38) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Isn't a Casino at Pier Park makes more sense than this. Put his hundred dollars investment into a slot machine he might have been going home with a couple grand. At lease he won't be arrested... Can't wait for a government to get courage and give us a Casino. The pier park so damn Dead after 6 PM... This is not about churches. This is about lock of will by our politicians. We all know churches is the least useless no one study or respect churches no more.. It's government without vision and balls.
  • well sa (17/09/2016, 09:57) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look how UP's going to be associated with this mess!
    • @ Well Sa (18/09/2016, 09:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

      I was thinking along the same lines... UP put up that building with good intention of providing good, clean recreation for all ages and genders; a wholesome family outlet with movie and drama theaters, food court, ballroom, skating rink, etc. As Landlord, he should not allow his legacy to be tarnished with this sort of business and behaviour. I hope there is some way he can curb this sort of business activity by his tenants without impeding their ability to meet their rent and other business obligations.
  • East fool (17/09/2016, 11:30) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    20 minutes is too long. If he wanted to break he just had to pay more. Wasn't there a bouncer working at the club. One those big strong guys to throw him out on his head..
  • Guest (17/09/2016, 12:17) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Commercial sex worker? So this line of work is legal in the BVI?
  • wize up (17/09/2016, 12:23) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    In the British Virgin Islands?
  • Legalize to Save (17/09/2016, 12:25) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is classic. One has to laugh. Here we have a country that has an abundance of nightclubs with illegal sex trade workers in the employ yet no one bats an eye and they flourish. It isn't even contained to the nightclubs as neighborhoods all have the small watering holes that just happen to employ 4-5 female "bartenders" on schedule at any given hour. The sex trade is widespread and has become a normal, acceptable part of the culture. Members or government and the law also attend these places.

    The problem with these establishments is they promote a derogatory view of women. How many normal nightclubs exist on Tortola? Sex is promoted on every event flyer with overly sexy females plastered all over news of the nights event. What do 2 scantily clad women have to do with a birthday bash? Why are the DJs who are the main attraction just small heads hidden behind the boobs and buttocks of these sexy ladies? All it can mean is that sex is the main event! Sadly, with all the men frequenting the sex clubs the women at home are forgotten. Rather than lose a husband or boyfriend to their sexual fantasy playing out on a stage or in a backroom the females have countered by joining in, sexing up and competing for the attention.

    Women of the BVI are stuck in this competition. Women are no longer regarded with respect. Sex has become a public game. Sadly there are children often born of these games that suffer from the consequences of the lack of respect between men and women. Women, and men have retaliated against one another in violent rage sometimes resulting in death.

    It is time to change the laws or rather put some laws in place. There needs to be strict rules when it comes to the sex trade. These strippers and prostitutes hidden behind the term dancers and bartenders need to pass through work permit procedures even the temporary ones. They should all be required to submit to std testing every few months and denied entry if they have aids. They are afterall coming here to engage in some form of sexual activity. The rules of clubs should include strict dos and don'ts including no touching. Lapdances should be dances and no exchange of sexual favours. Enforce that all Lapdances occur in the main room. No backroom activities whatsomever. Limit the sex for money activity to one or two brothel type houses again with strict rules and regulations. Start imposing taxes on the profits of these women and regulate the role of their bosses. Ensure that women are not being pimped out and that no man is profiting from selling a womans body. Whatever cut the woman pays the house for her safety should be regulated.

    Legalizing prostitution and or enforcing regulations on the exotic dancers while limiting the number of establishments to a manageable number that can be regulated themselves is really the only wise solution to a once underground trade that has become so much a part of todays culture that it threatens the interactions between males and females as well as the family unit itself. Sometimes the morals and ethics of a society are saved by laws.
  • Going on (17/09/2016, 12:37) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    People of the VI, you all will be shock to see and know who is going in this place under the cover of darkness. I was there one night and my mouth flew open when I saw a certain high ranking person stepping into a private room with a dancer. Well, well, well. And Mr!!!!!!!!!!!!! have a wife at home, if she only knew.
    • @Going on (17/09/2016, 14:30) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      Just enjoy the strip show and mind yuh damn business.....
      • Going on again (17/09/2016, 20:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        So you tight now because I scope your A:: out. Yo, the next time I am going to call you out big time. Yeah I enjoy the show but if I get busted in the club, I don't have to hang my head in shame or explain to my boss or wife why I was in a strip club paying for private lap dances Mr..........Ha Ha Ha.
    • Lucifer (17/09/2016, 15:42) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Mr!!!!!! only go there as he get the service for free. In return Mr!!!!! gives his service to the community and ensures it is all allowed to continue. Come on you know by now how tings work in Tola by now.
  • Tipeetoe (17/09/2016, 14:00) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The males can't say real men who frequent these establishments give more attention and contribute more money to these females than their children or their partner. In these times with all the disease even zika being sexually transmitted, I hope they remember what they did lastnight.
  • 2 grand (17/09/2016, 14:26) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Any man that pays for this is mentally sick or disturbed playing with emotions can make u a mad man and lead to being a murderer when not satisfied. Get a life find a wife or stay home if u married. Can't see sense in this at all if yuh having sex already why would you want to be teased. I'ts like you hungry go to a buffet and settle for a salad. CRAZY
  • Permit (17/09/2016, 14:59) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Does this dancer have a work permit???
  • my 2 cents (17/09/2016, 16:20) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    $100.00 for 20 Mins....Immigration ..Labour ... S security ...NHI and Inland revenue need to visit these strip Clubs and collect some needed $$$$$ for our treasury and give us those that making $5.00 and $6.00 an hr a Break
    • Well (17/09/2016, 20:35) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
      This is the height of bull shit if I have ever seen or heard of any. We are going to hell in a hand basket. Where are the churches where is the Christian community. Run for the hills as this anything goes society will soon suffer the consequences of this lewd acceptance. I am never ever going to vote for another person in this place until we don't find politicans that have some balls. Sexual acts anywhere and everywhere has now become the norm.
  • INJUSTICE (17/09/2016, 19:20) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    why lock up the man and the woman was doing an illegal act?
    • Think straight (17/09/2016, 23:29) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Since when is dancing illegal?
    • Billfargo (18/09/2016, 13:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well! Both of them should have been locked up! I was arrested in 1967 for just having pepper spray in my possession, and now it seems that it is legal to have it in the BVI; And use it! When was the Law changed!
  • See (17/09/2016, 21:07) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Sex sells, they are not going to close down any strip clubs because men in Government the police etc. frequent the strip clubs. It always takes one person to put the spot light on something. The fool had no business putting his hand on the woman and taking her money.
  • Popo (17/09/2016, 21:19) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    As far as i am concern this shit need to be dropped, why charge de man when de woman run gone, prostirution is elegal yes but the trick in this is to apply for a club n intertainment license. She too should be charge
  • nope (17/09/2016, 21:23) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    She dipped out of the Country because she did not have a work permit and she came here through the back door. Bet we all know where she is from. Only a low class/THOT would dance in a strip club. There is no way a decent woman would dance in a strip club for money and have all kind of men pawing and touching on them.
  • chad (17/09/2016, 21:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why the extoic dancer wasn't charge for prostitution cause point blank the story she gave to police is prostitution which is illegal here. So they saying a drug dealer can come to them and say someone took their stuff and they wouldn't be arrested?
  • bojan (17/09/2016, 22:47) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Most of you who talking cant shake your lazy A$$ for your man so shut up and go learn some thing from a striper most of you have no shape the man only with you all mabe because he may have children with you with you big bellies flat A$$ nothing exciting on u to watch
    • Ok Sir (18/09/2016, 15:20) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @bojan, I guess you know who you are talking to. See a broke busted..... Like you can't even get a lazy, big belly, flat A'' woman to look in your direction. And if she do, she will have to wear a brown paper bag over her face to block out your ugly A"" face. The THOT's in the strip club only want what you have in your pockets.
  • You all very late (17/09/2016, 23:33) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    School children says the inspectors at the work permit place are doing security at that establishment all the work permits get approved faster than any other
  • Hard Off.. (18/09/2016, 03:23) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    $5 per minute? Not a bad rate. In 2 minutes of whining it up she would have almost doubled the hourly minimum wage.....
  • Well (18/09/2016, 03:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    That is so sad at his age making headline for such a thig like this. Sad indeed.
    • right? (19/09/2016, 07:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Well, he got his fifteen minutes of fame. Guess he is walking around like a proud peacock. Guy: Anyone want my autograph? Er ladies, can I have your digits/phone number?
  • Hmmm (18/09/2016, 08:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    If this place is legally leased, it should be revoked!!!! how you got all kind of illegal something going.
  • just asking.. (18/09/2016, 08:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why he did not go by chris?
  • Truth (19/09/2016, 10:24) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    The truth of the matter is: we have police, government officials, pastors, married men, sons, daughters, married couples and even labour inspectors and immigration officers who frequent these places. These women come here on work permit as bartenders, waitresses etc. Inspections are no carried out in the night to catch them in action. I have seen these women have sex with men and women at these place if the money is right. Their bosses get a cut and sometimes men are set up and extorted for money when the women cry foul play. Some women come in thru the shoot on speed boats and ferries, make their money and go. Men seen with large quantities of cash are often times set up and robbed who they going to? Everyone knows what is happening but nothing is being done. For those wives who are left at home, take a heads up if your man/husband comes in after 1 pm more than likely he went to a strip club. Most bars around here can only be open till 12 pm. All these systems in the BVI are failure because we cater/make exceptions for our friends and families. The same people who have the authority are misusing the system. If you have inspectors that help out women to get something in return, then how it going work, just saying...This is just an example.
  • ting to talk (19/09/2016, 16:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    He is a nusance. he nearly geh blows up loose mongoose one night casue the woman he was with would not show him her phone and started acting a fool. He think he is Mr. big shot with his broke ass.
  • hmm\ (21/09/2016, 08:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the govt make noise about fowl fight, drag racing, gambling, jet ski's etc and sex working is legal?? smh.
  • That is (22/09/2016, 08:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    With all the pressing issues to be addressed an more constructive unsolved matters this is what there is a great response to in the Pardise Isles.

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