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Erickson hid for 7 months, travelled to Anguilla, escaped arrest 3 times- Court

During the court hearing for Nyron Erickson on Monday, August 31, 2020, it was stated by the prosecution that the accused hid from police for approximately seven months, travelled to Anguilla and escaped arrest three times with the help of friends. Photo: Team of Reporters/File
Nyron Erickson is currently on remand at Her Majesty's Prison in Balsam Ghut. Photo: VINO/File
Nyron Erickson is currently on remand at Her Majesty's Prison in Balsam Ghut. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- During the court hearing for Nyron Erickson on Monday, August 31, 2020, it was stated by the prosecution that the accused hid from police for approximately seven months, travelled to Anguilla and escaped arrest three times with the help of friends.

Erickson turned himself into the Road Town Police Station on Sunday, August 30, 2020, and was brought before the Magistrate’s Court on Monday, August 31, 2020, shortly before noon.

Senior Magistrate Ms Tamia N. Richards presided over the matter, while Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mrs Tiffany R. Scatliffe-Esprit represented Attorney General Baba F. Aziz who will handle the matter on behalf of the US but was in Cabinet at the time of the court matter.

For the defence, Mr Patrick D. Thompson and Ms Reynella Rawlins represented Erickson.

Matter 

According to the magistrate, Erickson is accused of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments from outside of the United States and conspiracy to conceal over $10,000 from outside the United States.

She said documents from the US, allege that Erickson and several others were smuggling money ‘in bulk to the US’ and he was indicted by a grand jury in the US for those allegations.

“His co-accused are said to be in the custody of the US. I have a document that seems to indicate that there are five counts of smuggling of money. The document from the grand jury also indicate in summary the manner in which the money was smuggled to the US, how it was located by the officers in the US and it was on that basis the arrest was issued and the only issue we have, we have to await the formal extradition request,” Magistrate Richards said.

No Bail

Bail was denied to Erickson, and he will be on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut.

The magistrate said her decision came after listening to both sides on the subject.

Thompson made his application for his client, stating that the self-employed local is the father of three and has no previous run-ins with the law.

He said, the serious nature of the offences, does not dis-entitle his client from being granted bail.

He also noted that his client turned himself in, and that should prove that he is not a flight risk. Thompson then implored the court to grant his client bail and attach conditions such as a door-step curfew.

However, the DPP said since January 18, 2020, the accused has been able to avoid capture three times with the assistance of his colleagues. She said the first time was on January 18, 2020, at The Curve Nightclub, the second was at Belmont Estate in West End and the third time was in Georges Northside.

He was also able to slip through the borders and go to Anguilla without the authorities of either country the wiser.

“It is still very easy for him to leave the jurisdiction,” she stated, adding that he has access to vessels and even though the borders are closed, he would be able to leave the Territory.

“The intelligence is that Mr Erickson had previously, with counsel Valerie Gordon and she on his behalf had arranged with Inspector Gilbert Charles for him to have turned himself in late July,” she remarked.

Nonetheless, Erickson never came as promised.

The DPP also stated that he might get ‘cold feet’ when it is time to attend the extradition hearing, and she does not believe that there were any conditions that would ensure his return to court.

His matter was adjourned to September 16, 2020.

32 Responses to “Erickson hid for 7 months, travelled to Anguilla, escaped arrest 3 times- Court”

  • see why people dont coperate? (01/09/2020, 08:59) Like (10) Dislike (8) Reply
    He should side step the local magistrate and apply for high court bail
    • "No talk U all walk" (01/09/2020, 15:41) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      He didn't escape... they just didn't find him... you don't escape arrest if no handcuffs.
      No law against playing hide and seek in British Court.
      Fight extradition... US prisons are covid crazy.... inhumane to extradite to them conditions from covid free prison.
      • "No talk U all walk" (01/09/2020, 16:11) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        Human Rights
        In all extradition cases, the judge has to consider whether or not extradition would be compatible with the requested person’s human rights. If the judge finds that extradition would not be compatible with the requested person’s human rights, he cannot order that person’s extradition and must discharge them. Common challenges include claims regarding family or private life in the UK AND PRISON CONDITIONS IN THE REQUESTING STATE
        • Sure bet (01/09/2020, 21:14) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
          he will not get extradited I am very sure BVI will just have him sitting at Hotel balo in a life of luxury.
          • "No talk U all walk" (02/09/2020, 10:36) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
            No.. He faces no serious charges here if any. They have to release him if he has British passport. Won't cost anyone anything apart from him for his legal team.
            My last post was copy and pasted from the Crown Prosecution Service website. (CPS)
            I am not saying he doesn't deserve what is coming from them he upset here. He is going to have to take his licks like a man. Just saying, no one deserves to face corrupt, hypocritical, racist US justice system. They cannot keep him safe from covid, they cannot keep themselves or us safe from covid!! It could be a death sentence for him.
            Those who make the laws don't follow them, but we have to... He will be following the law. The law of the BVI not the USA and if he beats extradition, I will be pleased because right now I have no time for the American Government or their bs.
            He needs to retain himself a good barrister.
  • sorry (01/09/2020, 09:38) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    This guy is facing some serious charges.
  • Sad (01/09/2020, 09:58) Like (10) Dislike (8) Reply
    He gon catch some beatings up balo, who mad get mad
    • Larry Shaft (01/09/2020, 10:07) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
      he aint goin catch nothing!!
    • @sad (01/09/2020, 10:19) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
      You ppl really have nuttin better to do than talk foolishness eh? Picture dis here tho, if he get beat up in balo den 1. his lawyer will have a stronger argument for bail to be granted OR 2. they’ll isolate him from everybody else in balo OR 3. lawsuit for deh Gov. Clearly the police will take care handling this guy while he in dey custody cause he ain facing any local charges. Dey literally just holding him for another country.
      • Sad (01/09/2020, 10:31) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
        They better isolate him. Don't get mad at me cuz I talkin wat ppl thinking. If they don't isolate him they gon terrorize him. I Kno him before he had money he used to get beat up all the time. Don't get mad at me because he got enemies waiting on him. Get mad at him for putting himself in stupid situations.
        • @sad (01/09/2020, 11:52) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
          @Sad quite trying to act like you have some inside info. “I kno him before he had money” ...I mean, come on, who living in the BVI don’t know Nyron? He grow up thru all of us. And yes, he lose and win a couple fights here and there. But you on here making it seem like the dude was brawling everyday. Who ain lose a fight in dey life? Yuh can’t win all. And lemme ask you this question since “you know”, just like how you claim he have enemies, his enemies ain’t have enemies too? Or he’s the only person in Tola with enemies? Where “they” gon run when they “beat him up” like you say? Every action has a reaction pana. Yall need to stop inciting stupid, needless violence in this lil place.
        • #1 (01/09/2020, 22:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          I like u
      • @ '@sad' (01/09/2020, 14:33) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
        Where in the world will someone get bail for being beat up in prison...try keep off Netflix you hear.
        • BVI lawyer (02/09/2020, 07:21) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
          Sorry, but ‘@science’ is correct with the 3 scenarios that they’ve listed, although it could’ve been worded better. I’d add that if this young man is assaulted by other inmates in prison then the prison superintendent will FIRST see to it that he is isolated. While bail isn’t automatically granted for being assaulted in prison, an incident like this can give his lawyer decent grounds to re-apply for bail, and depending on the severity of his injuries and the type of attack, the judge can decide to grant bail. In this scenario, it’s likely that the harm this individual is subjected to in prison outweighs the arguments (ie flight risk) for keeping him in there pending his hearing. Lastly, any aggrieved prisoner may be able to claim compensation from the Crown if they can prove that the safety protocols at the prison were inadequate or that HMP’s negligence resulted in them being assaulted (ie “sue the Government”). You don’t have to take my word for it, just do some research: Her Majesty’s Prisons (whether mainland UK or UK territories) have a legal duty to provide each prisoner with a reasonable standard of living as well as safe living conditions. This duty extends to taking appropriate and proportionate action to protect prisoners. I don’t know about other countries but this is the case for Britain and its overseas territories.
  • vi (01/09/2020, 10:00) Like (1) Dislike (20) Reply
    Is he an island man
    • vi (02/09/2020, 06:33) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      All of you bad minded locals you don’t have to like my comments stop blaming island people that’s why I say is he an island man
  • Lucky (01/09/2020, 10:50) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wonder if you all realize he will be getting 3 square meals every day,some people can barely eat a meal right now.He will be just fine.
  • point blank (01/09/2020, 11:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thought he was a u.s citizen
  • west (01/09/2020, 12:00) Like (9) Dislike (15) Reply
    Whoever touch him in Balo better don’t have family out here cause the dogs them shaking the place
  • talk bring talk (01/09/2020, 14:31) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Keep off of nyron and remove the skeletons from u all closets
  • Positive vibe (01/09/2020, 19:12) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    Some of y’all jus be awaiting for ppl downfall to rejoice , for the simple fact of this dude been doing his thing and walking around the place looking all fly and stays dripping some of y’all been big mad and envious of him of his assets and which is all material things . Judge not and envy no one no matter their situation . Some of y’all being negative about his situation all because of jealousy , cause that’s how petty y’all is . Y’all gon hate a man for the clothes and jewelry a man walk the road with and y’all probably never even had a conversation with him of y’all Ben been standing close to him ever
  • Nema (02/09/2020, 05:14) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Keep ur head high girl blood thicker than water ...old cox heat crew .. old school .be wat u are mother dont mind de noise
    • Top road boyz (02/09/2020, 07:28) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
      Yea he been in a lot of fight . He was in a egg fight With an egg launcher in his father van .he was in a serious fight with rum and the rum win carry the man home and all he father could do was shake he head and say look at he just let he go and ly down
  • Ur own people hmmm (02/09/2020, 05:19) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Nigga bless up iam not here to judge u my brother especially wen u in the belly of the beast hold strong ..nyron leave foot print many cant see in a life time ...nigga is make things happen nigga ..bless up ..remember keep ur eyes focus on ur circle...dont worry about the rest.it them in ur circle B
  • Why (02/09/2020, 08:56) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Why do you all write the way you speak. Not understandable to most. I am an 5th or more generation, who was born on Tortola and does not speak the ways most of you write on the comments section . Speak how you want, but please write properly.
  • Jane (02/09/2020, 12:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wonder if they test him
  • father (02/09/2020, 23:45) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    3 kids???!!! I thought he only had for the dark chocolate
  • West side (03/09/2020, 06:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    He good he doesn’t have to stress at all he bless
  • spirit (03/09/2020, 16:01) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    NYRON WILL BEAT THIS CASE. NO EVIDENCE. NO TIME. BE PREPARED TO SEE HIM WALKING NEAR SOON.
    • Spectator (06/09/2020, 00:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      If he really is innocent then why was he running from the cops?


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