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Nickera Smith murder: Wescott was last to speak to victim before she left home- court

- Ashan R. Westcott remanded to HMP
Murder accused Ashan R. Westcott outside the Magistrate's Court today, February 20, 2020. Photo: VINO
The body of Nickera Smith was discovered on March 30, 2016. Photo: RVIPF
The body of Nickera Smith was discovered on March 30, 2016. Photo: RVIPF
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Telephone records indicate that Ashan R. Westcott was the last person to speak to the late Nickera Smith of Hope Hill, when she left her family home for the last time alive.

Allegations, according to Acting Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Tiffany R. Scatliffe-Esprit, state that Wescott and Smith spoke often and that all stopped with the final phone call on January 27, 2016.

She said the accused also did not maintain his story he told police when he was interviewed around that time in relation to the offence.

When the charge of murder was put to him by Magistrate Ayanna O. Baptiste-DaBreo on Thursday, February 20 2020, Wescott was not required to enter a plea.

Remanded to prison

The offer of bail was also not given to him as the Magistrate’s Court did not have jurisdiction to do so. If bail were to be offered, it would be done at the High Court.

As such, Magistrate Baptiste-DaBreo said, he would be placed on remanded at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) in Balsam Ghut.

His next court date is April 23, 2020, where the readiness of the file in terms of going forward will be indicated to the court, and Westcott would report whether he had a lawyer or not for the continuation of the matter.

Smith was reported missing by her family on January 27 2016. More than a month later, a taxi driver travelling along the Hawkes Nest area reported an unpleasant odour and her rotting body was found.

30 Responses to “Nickera Smith murder: Wescott was last to speak to victim before she left home- court”

  • Hmm (20/02/2020, 15:13) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    I could tell ya, telephone things .. punk A$$ move that was
  • God is God (20/02/2020, 15:29) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    • smfh (20/02/2020, 16:29) Like (4) Dislike (34) Reply
      ...but apparently not good enough to prevent this tragedy from happening.
      • God is All-knowing (20/02/2020, 17:24) Like (22) Dislike (8) Reply
        God gives us the opportunity to make good and bad sin or not to sin.

        When we sin, it is a sin against God.

        Lusting, lying, sex with someone other than your spouse (fornication), coveting/jealousy/greed/wanting what someone else has, taking the Lord’s name in vain, blasphemy, worshipping idols, profanity, believe it or not may seem like you’re living and getting away with it happy in your feelings but they are all sins that we seem to forget.

        Ancestral curses are real and go from generation to generation. We can’t continue going against God’s laws and expect God to save the day if we are not willing to follow God’s way.

        Look it up. Instead of posting rubbish on social media, use the internet to understand the meaning of Ephesians 6:12: "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."

        It’s tragic what Ms. Smith’s family have had to experience. Remember Romans 12:9: Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

        No-one can outwit God.
    • ReX FeRal (20/02/2020, 19:30) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      @God is Good... All the time. Sits high and looks low.
  • AND? (20/02/2020, 16:30) Like (8) Dislike (65) Reply
    So once I speak to someone the night something happens to them, I am to blame? Circumstantial evidence.....
    • Hmm (20/02/2020, 16:45) Like (33) Dislike (1) Reply
      I think the issue may be the fact that he lied about...which makes one wonder why lie if you have nothing to hide. There is also the issue of the statement his gf gave where she said he left home to wash the car and at 11 pm when she went to bed he still had not arrived him. This was also contrary to his statement. Circumstantial but still may be enough to be beyond a reasonable doubt
      • yea (20/02/2020, 18:20) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
        And there is also the missing $9000 that she borrowed and his desperation to pay a $7000 debt
      • And don't forget (21/02/2020, 06:19) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply

        He never called her again....he knew she was dead?

        • Exactly (21/02/2020, 09:19) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
          Why did his calls abruptly stop. I hear someone I talk to everyday is missing and I know I spoke to them the same evening they went missing. I would be messaging and calling like crazy asking where are you? The abrupt end to the phone calls is highly suspicious
    • 4 foot fool (21/02/2020, 03:56) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      So don't you think they have more evidence????DUH!!!
  • soo (20/02/2020, 16:56) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    And? wise up the evidence is based on the telephone conversation.
  • think (20/02/2020, 17:38) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    Do you think that's all the evidence they have !lol
  • Des (20/02/2020, 17:58) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    only now they seeing he is last person to call?
  • Eh eh (20/02/2020, 18:15) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    He was armed and intended to kill her.?
    Were they romantically involved?
    Was it a business transaction gone wrong?
  • Steve (20/02/2020, 18:44) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Put the freaking prison on top of him. Innocent until proven guilty my A$$.
  • Jaj (20/02/2020, 18:54) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    Weman life is a target all over the world men treat weman like dogs but justice will serve to
    • yeah (20/02/2020, 19:17) Like (10) Dislike (8) Reply
      And some women land in the VI,walk the street wagging like a dog and men then disrespect and wish to treat all women like dogs,
      All kinda dregs come to VI sayin dem build up the VI.

      • hm (20/02/2020, 21:23) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
        what about the dregs from here?...Men disrespect women all over and women whorrr all over... Sometimes you may think you better but someone else may say your are one. I would say your senses seem to just be dregs.
        • ADAM (21/02/2020, 08:48) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
          "What about the dregs from here,you ask?...we, Adam,the men dem will tell you tis not Tolian women wagginn their tails and raising their baby boys as infestations in a land that opened up,welcomed and gave new breath and opportunities to foreign dregs. Tolian women frankly, is a prize ,Black Queens and representing their biblical royalty. You cannot find them in the bars ,strip clubs and street corners waggin... The looseness of too many updeislun women is disgraceful and damaging to the fatherless boy children they put into the world.. filled with anger and treating women in a disgraceful way,very often, murder. When last you hear about a Tolian man killing a woman.
          • Eve (21/02/2020, 12:26) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
            Jamaica/ women and children murdered,...,is a popular website.

            Daily women and children ,in parts of the upper caribbean are brutalised and regularly murdered by their men. Who knows, it could very well be the anger instilled by the general sexual habits of their mothers,their sisters they saw as a boy growing up,but I agree that the anger, the lack of respect and the disdain is there. Tolian men and women, from my experience, are more reserved and respectable and are not prone to murder,stealing,prostitution and other societal destructive behaviour. Tolian women are a rare sight in the bars and in the the clubs and never on street dressed for sale. The ones that you might run into are the children of the upper caribbean expats who have status of belonginger. Much like this Ashsn Wescott just arrested for Ms Smith murder.
          • Hmmm (23/02/2020, 10:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            That boy born and raised right here where do you think he learn that behavior away no right here stop blaming foreigners for what happens here.most the local queens you speak of doing the same thing in secret and giving children to wrong man each person should be held accountable for their own actions and not based on where they from .
            • @hmmm (23/02/2020, 13:13) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
              How could he learn this behaviour from people who do not have the behaviour. Accept truth and reality and it would be easier to sidestep the DNA to some extent.
  • Hmmm (20/02/2020, 18:54) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    This young is from Purcell?
  • dean (21/02/2020, 07:10) Like (34) Dislike (18) Reply
    Their no difference between Wescott and the NDP elected members.
  • What now (21/02/2020, 08:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Finally somone will pay for her life , gone to soon.

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