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Orlando Bonnick behind bars for smuggling

Orlando Bonnick going into court yesterday February 6, 2015 on charges of being engaged in smuggling. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards remanded to prison 27 year old Orlando Bonnick who is accused of being engaged in smuggling activities.

Bonnick made his first appearance in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday February 6, 2015 having been taken into custody by officers of the Royal Virgin Islands’ Police Force (RVIPF).

In giving the court an account of what led to the man’s arrest prosecutor O'Neil Simpson said that it was on November 7, 2014 that Bonnick visited Lazarus Shipping establishment at Purcell Estate where there was a conversation with an female employee who he allegedly asked to sign her name to a package containing Capri Sun juices bound for St Vincent and the Grenadines which she refused to do.

When the women did not grant the wish the accused then allegedly asked the employee to send the package in the name of Michael Williams to a person whose name he gave as Suzanne Clarke of a St. Vincent address.

This was done with the understanding that Bonnick would have brought his identification documents the following day but he never returned with same.

The very day according to the prosecution, Police and Customs Officers conducted operations on a cargo vessel at Port Purcell and in a cereal box which was searched they found Capri Sun juices and crackers. Upon further examination of the juices it was observed that one of the boxes was allegedly tampered with and upon closer scrutiny a medium-size priority mail package was observed inside. The mail package was further inspected and, according to allegations, a Glock 19 handgun with an empty magazine was found inside.

Additionally there was a plastic bag with one Glock magazine containing 13 rounds of ammunition and a box containing 50 rounds of ammunition was also found. This led to the arrest of Bonnick.

Bonnick's attorney Ms Ruthilia Maximea told the court during her bail application that her client owns and manages his business A&O Jeep and Car Rental in Lower Estate, OB Plumbing and Construction, Teach Me driving school, as well as a landing and gutter cleaning company.

Senior Magistrate Richards denied bail and told Bonnick that he will be brought back to court on March 13, 2015.

24 Responses to “Orlando Bonnick behind bars for smuggling”

  • ann (07/02/2015, 09:36) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    this is sad he thought me how to drive
  • x factor (07/02/2015, 11:40) Like (12) Dislike (10) Reply
    Deport he backside back to jamdown
  • joe (07/02/2015, 12:19) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    gun smuggling,just a little side line work, hustling is an ah ability all youth from ah jam down ah learn in ah yard.
  • Concern 1 (07/02/2015, 12:34) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well he has other businesses besides the Driving School and other means of survival The wind has blown and has shown the fowl's bottom. At times we get chances to do illicit trades knowing full well we may get caught one day and to get out when we should but thinking to take another chance then another.Anyway no matter what the verdict my advice is to change your ways and turn to Christ
  • Sigh (07/02/2015, 13:30) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
    this just got me depressed. I was practicing with him. He is the best teacher!
  • DON Q (07/02/2015, 18:25) Like (5) Dislike (22) Reply
    No jobs for the youths what u want him to do.?
  • Actpsectation-uptown (07/02/2015, 18:52) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Whattt!!! I suppose to get my Drivers License this week. Now who will TEACH ME NOW??
  • big picture (07/02/2015, 20:34) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    at least it would have been 2 guns 13 shots out of the bvi. ... we would have been 2 guns less.
  • realfriend (07/02/2015, 20:53) Like (20) Dislike (5) Reply
    My padna jus get caught is a gud youth jah will make a way my friend no mind the noise ppl will all ways talk we got u i supporting yuh fam 100% this is yuh 1st offence there light in the tunnel my friend no matter how it lok dark!!! All who like to talk about deport we come from some where n we ready to go back any time we come here n still doin better thn most of you is ambition mine over matter
    • wellj (08/02/2015, 07:14) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yea he is a real good person ppl need to get off him backing him and praying for him 100%
  • True Friend (08/02/2015, 09:39) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    buju u is a good man may God be with you i would come n look for u keep your head up high. S
  • Rick Ross (08/02/2015, 20:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    push it to the limit
  • dd (08/02/2015, 21:17) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    I feel sorry for buju
  • SVG massive (08/02/2015, 22:33) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    Even worse that gun could have been used to kill my family
  • 16 year old (08/02/2015, 22:53) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    I shed tears for our little country as the NDP refused to bring gun Lesgislation!
  • decision (09/02/2015, 22:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where did this GUN com from? Where was it going to? For what reason was it going there? People when your friends are WRONG tell them so stop encouraging them in dishonesty and bad behavior. Stick with the topic. We all do make mistakes that we can say, with all the effort he made for the package to be sent he had to have a plan. Now what is the madness all about? WHO ARE YOU REALLY TRYING TO BLAME? Is there a declared WAR in the destination of the package? LIVE UP TO YOUR NAME.
  • Ok Then! (10/02/2015, 14:20) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    There are plenty of people with guns! Turns out they are getting it for protection (some of them).. I was against guns but if the wannabe thugs have them and they come at me with it, I would want to be packing too.. it must be said that GUNS DONT KILL PEOPLE, PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE..
  • ss (11/02/2015, 11:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    all I see is people complaining about the lack of employment opportunities...

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