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‘I was never ever in my life arrested or jailed’- Julian Willock

Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works, businessman Julian Willock has said he has never been arrested or jailed in his life. He was responding to media reports last week that he was sent to jail. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Willock was a guest on The Morning Ride Show with Paul ‘Gadiethz’ Peart on July 25, 2016. Photo: Facebook
Mr Willock was a guest on The Morning Ride Show with Paul ‘Gadiethz’ Peart on July 25, 2016. Photo: Facebook
Her Majesty's Prison in Balsam Ghut. Photo: VINO/File
Her Majesty's Prison in Balsam Ghut. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works and Chairman of the Board of Advance Marketing and Professional Services, Julian Willock, has broken his silence on the malicious and false media reports that he was ordered to go to jail.

Mr Willock, who has emerged over the past year as a voice of reason on many topical issues in the Virgin Islands (VI), was at the time, this morning July 25, 2016, speaking live on the 103.7 FM programme, The Morning Ride Show with Paul ‘Gadiethz’ Peart.

Clears the air: zero jail time, ‘never ever’

Mr Willock said that following the false media reports, he and his family were overwhelmed with calls of concern, with some even making their way to Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut to visit and make inquires, while some persons gathered outside the Road Town Police Station to seek information about his whereabouts.

The businessman assured his many supporters, well-wishers and the public that “I have never ever been in any jail in my life, here in the BVI, the region or anywhere in the word, never been arrested in my life or even detained or questioned by the police…I remain a law abiding citizen,” he said on the show.

The former Permanent Secretary warned that those who are waiting for him to show up in some prison will have a long, long wait.

The facts

He did, however, referred to a routine matter where he had to go to court sometime last week; however, was out sick and, because of his respect for the courts, presented a medical certificate confirming that he was ill.

Mr Willock this morning noted that the magistrate has no training in medicine and that each side must be respected, as people must respect the court and the court must also respect other authorities.

“The good magistrate is a good Lawyer, she studied law, she did not study medicine, so I don’t know that people could be in a position to determine if there is a legitimate health certificate [over] whether I am sick or not sick.”

Willock also disclosed that he did not appear in court on two previous occasions, and that he had explained to the court that he was traveling overseas and written to the court even before he left the country again “out of my respect for the court”.

Questions fairness of court

Willock, in the meantime, questioned the fairness of the court regarding time management and what happens when the shoe is on the other foot. He suggested that the court appears disinterested in being accommodating to persons accused, but at the same time accused persons have to be accommodating to the court.

“There is a guy who told me his case has been deferred and adjourned over seven times. So now when the shoe is on the other foot and someone who can’t make it to court presents a legitimate reason it is seen as disrespect to the court. What about when cases that are routinely postponed and adjourned over and over again causing defendants money for lawyers; causing time, and causing people to spend extra time in jail?”

Far too often those people do not have a voice, the emerging political leader said. Most often in those frequent adjournments, he added that “the police do not show up, the crown is the ready to proceed, some evidence are waiting to come back from overseas and on and on but where do those people go to for justice?” Willock asked.

The former civil servant questioned whether this was fair, noting that this is one of the “issues I will be fighting for.”

Willock further made it clear his comment is not to be seen as encouraging disrespect for the judicial system. “I am not using that as an excuse to say that one must disrespect the court,” he added.

“I have been a voice blasting the political class, including Governor John S. Duncan for violations of laws, for blatant disregard for the constitution and for disrespect to our institutions like the courts, Public Services Commissions and the House of Assembly.”

Mr Willock said: “I can’t now be disingenuous like some” before concluding the show by thanking the many people who called and offered him support.

14 Responses to “‘I was never ever in my life arrested or jailed’- Julian Willock”

  • i from here (25/07/2016, 17:23) Like (15) Dislike (40) Reply
    Excellent interview this young man going places..thanks for clearing the air
  • big girls rules (25/07/2016, 17:25) Like (13) Dislike (47) Reply
    Nice pic a handsome man
  • legal (25/07/2016, 18:08) Like (9) Dislike (35) Reply
    Hope he sue
  • wize up (25/07/2016, 18:19) Like (6) Dislike (34) Reply
    Just another attempt by funny man to !uck with the idren: just keep that chin up young man!!!
  • 911 (25/07/2016, 19:48) Like (10) Dislike (30) Reply
    intelligence to the max
  • farmer brown (25/07/2016, 19:50) Like (9) Dislike (41) Reply
    There's a lot of politics in why they try to do willock
  • bvi on the move (25/07/2016, 19:54) Like (9) Dislike (37) Reply
    mvw supporters. Get over it...JW good to go
  • Serpico (25/07/2016, 20:00) Like (8) Dislike (24) Reply
    I sympathize with the JW jealious haters, but they're showing themselves to be as headstrong and reckless as the Trump crowd.
  • willock 2019 (25/07/2016, 20:03) Like (12) Dislike (46) Reply
    the BVI deserves a clean slate! vote Willock in 2019
  • ..... (25/07/2016, 22:16) Like (19) Dislike (18) Reply
    You're playing with fire Willow..
  • Len (25/07/2016, 22:44) Like (9) Dislike (17) Reply
    And to think that our premiere had the audacity to say that our people (Virgin Islanders) are not ready to take up key post within our country! There are many Virgin Islanders out there who can lead this territory forward..we need to think about the future.
  • ----------------- (26/07/2016, 08:22) Like (4) Dislike (14) Reply
    JW you the man bottom line they can't touch you
  • fish (26/07/2016, 10:49) Like (2) Dislike (13) Reply
    Did anyone in there right mind think king willock was going in? HELL NO
  • ??????????????????????? (26/07/2016, 13:20) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    WHERE ARE THEY NOW?????????????????????????????

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