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Homeless man for June trial after one year incarceration

Homeless man, Sonnel G. Hanley, remains on remand nearly one year later after having his most recent hearing before the Magistrate’s Court on May 6, 2014 adjourned to a later date. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Homeless man, Sonnel G. Hanley, remains on remand nearly one year later after having his most recent hearing before the Magistrate’s Court on May 6, 2014 adjourned to a later date.

Hanley was arrested following his alleged involvement in an altercation with Roseanne G. Richards. The defendant allegedly struck Richards about her body after she refused to accommodate his request for money.

He pleaded not guilty to common assault on June 11, 2013 following the incident which allegedly occurred on March 25, 2013 near Bobby’s Supermarket in Road Town. Hanley was incarcerated prior to his plea after allegedly violating earlier bail conditions.

Prior to his incarceration, Hanley told the court that he was homeless and was living at the Festival Grounds.

The defendant, who remains unrepresented in the matter, reportedly has a history of mental illness.

He was remanded once more ahead of his trial which is now expected to proceed before Magistrate Dr Velon L. John on June 3, 2014.

13 Responses to “Homeless man for June trial after one year incarceration”

  • just asking.... (12/05/2014, 09:26) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
    why is myron when we ned him to talk about how unfair the legal system is to the metally challaege?
    • Bvi man (12/05/2014, 12:18) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply

      Where he has always been some where playing politcks and doing nothing for we
      • @bviman & just asking (12/05/2014, 18:42) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply

        So Myron is the Minister of Health now? Myron has jurisdiction over mental patients now eh? Where is the mentally challenged man's family? Do they care? Why don't both of you help him by doing something real since you care so much? Be a true citizen and care for your brother man instead of coming on here chatting p..s and spelling words "metally" and "politcks". Heaven help us lord.. school children can't be no better but then Myron will be blamed for you not being able to

        • Watchin on... (12/05/2014, 22:27) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
          But he was in the hOA with his shameful bad grammar ranting and raving about the mentally ill wearing a shirt that we all agree with NDP MUST GO, but have not lifted a finger to help the mentally ill. He is nothing buy a big political wicked phony
          • steel man (13/05/2014, 07:59) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
            Lol, Watchin really made me chuckle as you hit de nail on the head meh son.
    • strupesss (13/05/2014, 14:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Trust me sonnel wanted to go up there. You ain't see how fat he get. I don't know why the families of these homeless ppl don't step in and take them off the street. Cause sonnel is fine he is just lazy.
  • vex (12/05/2014, 11:20) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Help the man not lock him up
  • shark (12/05/2014, 17:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    THIS Is what i don't understand,during election these mental patients were all dressed up and taken to the polls to when election is finished these individuals are no more use,why are the homeless patients here in the virgin islands are being ill treated by the present government of the day.these mental patients are people of the soil they are virgin islanders where should they turn to for help.
  • @shark (12/05/2014, 18:51) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    I worked a poll a few years ago and was dumbfounded when I saw the level of organization that went into getting them to the poll to vote by one party. Some even come to vote and did not know what there name was. Never used it in so long they forgot that's what their mother named them. Today that party will criticize everything possible to get back in power. Help is provided for them but the laws says they cannot be locked away unless they commit a crime. They try to help them and they all leave to be on the street. Nothing can be done until he slaps someone. Keeping him locked up is the best help for him at least he can be treated while in a safe environment. Don't mind the talk. Find out the truth for yourself.
    • small head (12/05/2014, 22:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Im curious, what exactly is the problem here?
    • Yes (13/05/2014, 16:05) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply

      But we know who these esteemed people were, taking advantage of the mentally ill for political gain, but guess what? Karma is a motherf..ker! No worthless person will ever live good, NONE! Look around and see. They will have temporary satisfaction, nothing that lasts. They will always suffer, until they change their stinking ways and that won't happen. LOL

  • asura (13/05/2014, 07:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The man butter fat

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