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Jessroy McKelly gets 24 months for escaping custody!

- Says HM Prison gates not heavily secured as they need to be!
Jessroy McKelly as he left the Magistrate's Court on April 18, 2013. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Balsum Ghut prisoner Jessroy McKelly, told the court that he could have run a long time ago if he had wished to do so and alleged that the gates at the prison were not as heavily secured as they needed to be.

McKelly appeared before the Magistrate’s Court today, April 18, 2013 for sentencing in his most recent escape from the Balsum Ghut Prison on February 2, 2013.

The defendant expressed a number of grievances during his sentencing hearing, chief among which was the alleged constant violation of his rights and his constant frustration about the way in which he was treated.

Mckelly who was unrepresented before the court during the hearing today, pleaded guilty to the offence on February 7, 2013.

Before he was sentenced, McKelly asked whether the circumstances surrounding his escape from lawful custody would be investigated and asked the Magistrate that his plea be changed due to the frustration he was facing at the prison. He also said that he was constantly being provoked.

According to the defendant he was changing his plea because the details surrounding the escape in court were not even correct as was set out during the proceedings.

Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards noted the concerns but told the defendant that his reasons were not a legitimate excuse for escaping from lawful custody or for having his plea changed.

Senior Crown Counsel Valston Graham said being provoked has nothing to do with his escape and told the court that this was the first instance he was hearing of any violation on the defendant’s part. The prosecutor noted that the defendant’s issues would go towards his mitigation in sentencing.

Graham rose to object to the prisoner’s long list of concerns to which the Magistrate said, “It seems as if he came with a laundry list.”

The prosecutor said, “I am not obliged to sit here and listen to all his grievances. Jessroy must take his grievances elsewhere.”

Magistrate Richards told the defendant that the maximum penalty before the court for escaping lawful custody was three years imprisonment. She expressed that the fact that this was not his first escape from lawful custody was one of the aggravating factors that went against him. Magistrate Richards also stated that the fact that he was at large for less than an hour and acted spontaneously could not be taken as mitigating factors.

She did agree however, that the offence was mitigated by his early guilty plea.

Magistrate Richards handed down a sentence of 24 months in prison and stated that this would run from February 7, 2013 when the defendant had first pleaded guilty to the charge.

McKelly, who is also on remand and currently facing a murder charge, was previously handed an 18 month sentence for an earlier escape from lawful custody.

12 Responses to “Jessroy McKelly gets 24 months for escaping custody!”

  • bay yute (18/04/2013, 13:41) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
    that prision is under Myron anther failure
    • faith (18/04/2013, 16:10) Like (6) Dislike (21) Reply
      That prison has been in existence long before Myron, so stop making it look like it's his problem. You people never cease to amaze me
      • mAN uP (18/04/2013, 21:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Time to lock down this country club prison for real as the man got balls to say he could have escap long time....!
  • wise-up (18/04/2013, 13:42) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    simply try to stay out of prision and you will be able to enjoy life; it is called prison for a reason-you were not sent to the holiday inn
    • in the news (18/04/2013, 20:55) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      I pray to God the day will come when the power there be will flush out all the rift rat that come to our island to plunder and destroy
      • Confucius (19/04/2013, 08:06) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        I pray for the day that our own people open their eyes and see that it is not JUST immigrants committing crimes. We have plenty of our own, home grown criminals!

        Stop blaming everything on someone else and start taking responsibility for our own failings!
  • wellsa (18/04/2013, 14:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well if you called her majesty a prison, its best the name it a five star hotel/motel. they live and eat well with telephones, visits and not only that family are spent very well up there.
    • bb (18/04/2013, 18:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You can't have it both ways!!

      • check this out for yourself (20/04/2013, 14:31) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        Statistics show that murders soar when the NDP is in power, and reduces when they are not.
  • ez (19/04/2013, 11:20) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    this guy look like obama.... look at it good
    • JA (23/04/2013, 11:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      lmao!!! hahahaha!!! is true!!! Lawdy is a shame that he doesn't live up to his look alikes capabilities though
  • dj (19/04/2013, 13:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    how stupid is he????...



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