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Headley & Cornwall remanded on firearm charges

- Headley also charged for attempted murder
Akeem Headley and Kawa Cornwall were both remanded to prison on firearm charges when they made an appearance at the Magistrate’s Court held at the Road Town Police Station today, February 23, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
Kawa Cornwall, who is no stranger to the Magistrate's Court or Haer Majesty's Prison in Balsum Ghut, being escorted out of the Magistrate's Court on July 10, 2015. Photo: VINO/File
Kawa Cornwall, who is no stranger to the Magistrate's Court or Haer Majesty's Prison in Balsum Ghut, being escorted out of the Magistrate's Court on July 10, 2015. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) grapples with the upsurge in shooting incidents in the Territory, two persons have been placed before the court and remanded for alleged offences involving the use of firearms.

Akeem Headley of Thread Falls, Tortola, was charged with attempted murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and possession of a firearm to endanger life in relation to a November 2017 incident where a man received a gunshot wound to the leg outside a bar in Huntums Ghut.

Virgin Islands News Online had reported on a shooting incident on November 4, 2017 where a hail of bullets was fired outside a bar in Huntum’s Ghut at around 9:30 P.M. injuring one male in his leg.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, Kawa Cornwall of Havers Estate, Tortola, was charged with robbery and being armed with an offensive weapon in an incident which took place just over week ago where the victim was struck in the face and money and personal items were taken, according to the RVIPF in a press release today, February 23, 2018.

Both men were remanded today, February 23, 2018 in the Magistrate’s Court held at the Road Town Police Station, according to Police Information Officer Diane L. Drayton.

‘Just a matter of time’- CoP Matthews

Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews, who was criticised by many for stating that he was not in favour of the imposition of a curfew and heightened stop and search operations in the fight against the wave of gun crime plaguing the Territory, said is just a matter of time before perpetrators are brought to justice.

“As I have said, it is just a matter of time. Predators within our community who carry firearms and further assault others will be eventually identified and charged. In one day, we arrested two individuals in separate firearm-related incidents. One arrest we were able to make fairly quickly with the help of the public and the other took time because that help was not forthcoming,” he said.

The Commissioner also commended his detectives for their “diligence” in these matters.

15 Responses to “Headley & Cornwall remanded on firearm charges”

  • SHAME (23/02/2018, 16:06) Like (33) Dislike (1) Reply
    Look at how many unsolved murders the bvi had before this top cop came to bvi yet you still blaming him...give the man a brake and stop protecting criminals.
  • karma (23/02/2018, 16:15) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good to see some sort of progress in the fight against crime in the BVI. I pray for the day they find the killers of little Trinity.
  • Yes (23/02/2018, 16:26) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don't worry time is longer than twine as the old folks would say they will catch them one by one just keep praying in Jesus name .amen
  • NezRez (23/02/2018, 16:56) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Catch them all and send them to HMP for a long long time, so by the time they get out, they are too old and weak to commit any more crimes.
  • concern (23/02/2018, 17:25) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now test those guns, let see what other crimes we can link them too.... get them off the streets
  • Free Willy (23/02/2018, 17:30) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
    Ghetto full ah rat
  • Dragon (23/02/2018, 18:29) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let us hope that if found guilty there is no slap on the wrist. Long jail time needed to set an example to others with guns
  • facts (23/02/2018, 20:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    some people find to harder out here than inside balo. so prison isnt a cure, a scare or anything but a new temporary liming spot. sad to say send the repeat one far from here
  • Puinher (24/02/2018, 06:50) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    The bvi need to bring back hinging like ogo
  • Time (26/02/2018, 23:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a blimming idiot.

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