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Gumbs denies punching Police in the mouth

Kyle Gumbs at the Magistrate's Court on March 14, 2014. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Kyle Gumbs, 23, of Long Bush denied punching a Police officer in the mouth when he appeared before the Magistrate’s Court today, March 14, 2014. The charges stem from an altercation at Prospect Reef late last year.

Gumbs, who was represented by attorney Valerie Gordon today, pleaded not guilty to resisting arrest and assaulting an officer of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF). 

According to the allegations made by the Crown, Gumbs was observed to be parallel parking and obstructing traffic near Dolphin Discovery at Prospect Reef. He was approached by a Police officer and asked to move but refused. 

He later moved his vehicle after the officer phoned for assistance at the Road Town Police Station. When the officer attempted to ticket him, he refused to accept the ticket and reportedly used his phone to take a video recording of the officer.  

Gumbs allegedly put the phone into the officer’s face and said, “Look the Police who give me the ticket tonight.” The officer reportedly pushed the phone away.  

Gumbs then allegedly warned the officer, “Touch my hand or this phone again and you will see what will happen.” But the officer walked away and the defendant followed and kept pushing the pone into the officer’s face.  

He again pushed the phone away and the defendant then allegedly bumped his chest into the officer and asked, “What are you going to do about it?” 

He was then informed that he would be arrested for assault.  

At this point, the Crown alleged that Gumbs then handed his phone to a friend and said, “Hold this for me, the thing now start.” But he was restricted by another officer that had arrived by this time.  

Gumbs allegedly broke away when the officer had turned around and punched the arresting officer in his mouth.  

The officer was later seen at Peebles Hospital and it was noted that he had received a cut and bruise to his lower lip, a swollen jaw with pain and he was also placed on three days’ sick leave with medication. 

A trial date was set for the matter to be heard on April 30, 2014.

18 Responses to “Gumbs denies punching Police in the mouth”

  • Hmmm (14/03/2014, 15:06) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    There is no respect any more for law and order in this country, our poor youth have gone down the wrong path. Not sure what can be done now to get it back in the right direction.
  • ignorant arse (14/03/2014, 15:08) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Send he up by dem boyz.
  • vex (14/03/2014, 15:10) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dem playin bad man
  • Really!! (14/03/2014, 15:31) Like (8) Dislike (21) Reply
  • jack (14/03/2014, 15:47) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    These young punks know who to mess with.
  • Being Objective (14/03/2014, 19:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Valerie Stevens - Gordon his attorney? wow
  • wize up (15/03/2014, 01:54) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    the police in BVI Force can be very rude to us & that have to stop !!!!!! just saying; how can you be rude to us then expect us to help solve crime
    • U wise up! (15/03/2014, 10:41) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      The same way some of us are rude to the police or upset because we got caught doing something wrong. You think its the police crime you solving. Its the problem of society not the police, there will come a time when you too want help wonder who you will call!
  • Desensitized generation (15/03/2014, 06:29) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Everything that happens is now either photographed or video taped and uploaded to social media. What many ppl fail to realize that most of what they post are things that are really of a sensitive nature. Doing things for the mere sake of entertainment or pure idiocy is now the new norm...
  • DA VOICE (15/03/2014, 10:18) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    that young man have no respect for anyone, as a resident in that area, that young man have anger issues, he will hurt some one, he always try to start problem with people he know or don't know, when he on the side of the road where he hangs out. I hope the court send him a strong message.
  • joe joe (15/03/2014, 17:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look the milk in his face he just need some spanking
  • Enforcer (15/03/2014, 22:42) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kyle Gumbs needs anger management sessions. He needs to be taught a lesson. Police are humans too, I wonder when he gets into problem if he would call the same police whom he has no regards for. SMH.
  • rooster (17/03/2014, 09:10) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wha happen? Police stop beating up ppl? Smh - They should have blindfold him and get super cop to squeeze his balls.
  • little punk (17/03/2014, 14:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thats why the BVI neef to enforce flogging as a punishment
  • islandboy (17/03/2014, 16:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    lord send help why he look much like chucky! wickedness in he face just like chucky the doll my goodness!!! send he tale up the hotel (balo) there where all wanna be bad boyz go !

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