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Royden Sebastian remanded to HMP on murder charge

- Accused of killing George Burrows
Royden Sebastian, 37, of Free Bottom, being taken away from the Magistrate's Court today, October 15, 2020, after being remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut for the murder of George Burrows. Photo: VINO
George Burrows, 54, was killed at his Purcell Estate, Tortola, home on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. Photo: Facebook
George Burrows, 54, was killed at his Purcell Estate, Tortola, home on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Magistrate Christilyn Benjamin has remanded Royden Sebastian, 37, of Free Bottom to Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut for the murder of George Burrows.

The accused man made his maiden appearance before the court today, October 15, 2020, represented by Attorney at Law David A. Penn.

He was not required to enter a plea, as the matter will be dealt with in the High Court.

Allegations

Director of Public Prosecution, Tiffany R. Scatliffe-Esprit said the accused man was captured on CCTV footage wearing a certain clothing and was identified by someone who lives in the vicinity of Burrows home in Purcell Estate.

She said the individual even provided a photo of the accused as the person they saw entering the home of the now-deceased man and witnessing the crime. This was because the curfew was in effect and the streets were well lit when they heard the gunshots and proceeded to observe what was going on from their vantage point.

Further allegations indicate on the night of September 2, 2020, the accused, wearing a white shirt and dark pants, entered into the home of the deceased through the kitchen door.

Accused allegedly shot @ Burrow's stepson

The court heard that at the time, the stepson of the deceased was eating in the kitchen and after seeing the accused man entering and armed with the firearm, fled from the house with the accused on his heels.

It is further alleged that on his pursuit of the stepson, the accused man fired shots behind the stepson but missed and then fired a shot to the head of Burrows, killing him, where he laid on the floor of his living room watching African Movies.

The accused man further chased the stepson, but his chase was futile.

The accused then returned to the house and attempted to pull the trigger behind the head of one of the wheelchair-bound sons of the now deceased.

The court heard that the deceased lived with two teenage daughters, two disabled sons and his stepson.

The DPP further said, after the shooting, the accused fled on foot towards the Purcell Basketball Court.

Sebastian was arrested and charged for the matter before the court, and when the allegations were put to him, he denied them.

He was not granted bail because the Magistrate’s Court did not have any jurisdiction to give him bail.

The matter was adjourned to February 1, 2021.

32 Responses to “Royden Sebastian remanded to HMP on murder charge”

  • WOWW (15/10/2020, 12:58) Like (10) Dislike (26) Reply
    These island people need sending out down the island here in the bvi committing crimes
    • Agree (15/10/2020, 13:13) Like (12) Dislike (19) Reply
      So true we sick a them now LIAT need come up here make one big trip leave with them
    • Agree (15/10/2020, 13:14) Like (8) Dislike (16) Reply
      LIAT need come for them
    • Free. Thinker (15/10/2020, 16:47) Like (25) Dislike (7) Reply
      You always talking about Island People. Have you ever checked the status in your BVI passport? You are not even classified as a citizen. You just belong to the plantation.
      • @ free thinker (15/10/2020, 23:01) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
        But that passport is by far way more powerful than the passport you hold. Your passport can only take you thus far , With restrictions. That’s the difference! How about that for free thinking!
    • @woww (16/10/2020, 08:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      HOW STUPID ARE YOU? IF HE REALLY WAS A DOWN iSLANDER DONT YOU THINK HE WOULD OF BEEN DEPORT WHEN HE WAS RELEASED FROM JAIL LAST YEAR AND WAS IN THE STRIP CLUB S*XING OFF THE STRIPPERS
  • Mixed Messages (15/10/2020, 13:05) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Last report and video showed the deceased laying in bed and that he was shot while sleeping now it’s alleged that

    It is further alleged that on his pursuit of the stepson, the accused man fired shots behind the stepson but missed and then fired a shot to the head of Burrows, killing him, where he laid on the floor of his living room watching African Movies.
  • 6 (15/10/2020, 13:28) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply

    Yuh wrong the stepson was the intended target n yuh went rambo mode in the man house n yuh just came out not to long ago so much for life on the outside smh

  • @blm (15/10/2020, 13:29) Like (0) Dislike (28) Reply
    Hold strong royie it demon out here on this pshisical battle feild no wen and wat to pull bro ......
  • from buckingham palace (15/10/2020, 14:44) Like (16) Dislike (7) Reply
    shot up,you fake hypocrites,you all supporting crime and criminal in bvi, is a plague on all of you coming for supporting criminals over police.shut up you hypocrites.
    royden sebastien is born virgin islander you fools.shut up you bvislander hypocrites.
  • Wait (15/10/2020, 14:57) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    that wasn't the same man that shot Andrew fahie ?
  • Dear Mr. Gunman (15/10/2020, 16:04) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    HA,HA. YOUR DIRTY DEEDS HAVE FINALLY CAUGHT UP TO YOU. LOOK WHERE THE THUG OUT, GANGSTER LIFE STYLE PUT YOU. BOOP YOU LOST, NOW YOU ARE NOTHING MORE THAN DAMAGED STREET GOODS. THE STREET SPIT ON YOU.
    • @Dear Mr. Gunman (15/10/2020, 23:49) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      There you go, KARMA FINALLY CAUGHT UP TO HIM. HE DIDNOT RESPECT THE CODE OF THE STREET AND THE STREET BROUGHT HIM DOWN. HE IS RIGHT WHERE HE IS SUPPOSE TO BE AND SHOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO WALK THE STREETS AGAIN.
      • Blak Morningstar (16/10/2020, 10:37) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply

        Are you $%&^# retarded? What respect for the street. He got paid to do a job and it didn't work out and he didn't clean the property well so he got caught. Not all jobs go as planned. The dead don't talk ever.

  • Sam (15/10/2020, 16:06) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Some people need to live in prisons for life..Not amount good people ..People need to live in peace and be happy.
  • R Chalwell (15/10/2020, 16:15) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    IF HE IS A HIT MAN, HE MUST HAVE MORE DEAD THAN THE FINGUERS OF HIS RIGHT HAND
    • @R Chalwell (15/10/2020, 20:05) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      He did not get to honor all the contracts. A lot of people is safer now that he is LOCKED UP.
    • BVI people (21/10/2020, 08:17) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      The spanish man some years back was him
  • Sad (15/10/2020, 16:29) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    He is both, expat and local, parentwise. However, his nationality shouldn't matter, the situation is what's sad.
  • No joke (15/10/2020, 17:10) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    @ agree remember Liat taking your baby father to so that one should hold u
  • @dear mr gunman (15/10/2020, 17:31) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    At least the world can see his deeds unlike like urs u got hidden in ur closet that ur children will inherit. Lol
    • @TWINKEY (15/10/2020, 18:12) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      We all have dirty closets but not all dirty closets holds A COPY OF THE DIARY OF A TORTOLA HIT MAN. YOU CAN GO F**K OFF FULL FORCE AND WHILE YOU ARE AT IT HAVE A GREAT DAY MOTHER FLOWER. YOURS TRULY DEAR MR. GUNMAN.
  • Well (15/10/2020, 20:11) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    The stepson will forever live with this on his conscience. His poor stepfather paid the price for whatever beef him and the killer had.
    • Streets talking (21/10/2020, 08:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The stepson had no beef with him is that to hard to understand dont talk becaz u want to talk please
  • lesson (15/10/2020, 20:30) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Think of how many walking around out there without a conscience or a heart and would kill without a thought and go about hailing you, going to work, living like nothing happened...just like that lil boy who murdered the young lady and buried her after desecrating her body.

    Imagine if this happened to anyone reading this article. Couldn’t kill one family member so kill one and try to kill another....that’s murder plus attempted murder on two people.

    Are you living right that if life was snatched from you, you are ready for the Judgment Day?
  • Wow! (15/10/2020, 23:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ohk was this guy wear n a mask? I don't think someone can b so bold &bear faced & act like he did anything.
    Don't make sense
  • @wow (16/10/2020, 14:38) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply

    Exactly. And if he was wearing a mask that witness statements was circumstance evidence..and the cct vedio to image is not solid evidence in court were a man life is at stake. The prosecution need more ..I bet the government will soon be paying out a lawsuit for the sh** them police just did in this matter..

  • Servant of God in Christ in me (16/10/2020, 21:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    please, my fellow natives brothers and sisters, it is necessary to understand, and embraced this truth, that you and I are the equal of others people, that were borned in Countries of thIs world. The continuous unjust bad mouthing our neighbors from the beautiful Caribbean Islands shows lack of respect for God their Creator, and it also shows how evil, ignorant, jealous, and illiterous minded some of we natives are. It is imposible to love God and our neighbors with all that venom continue spewing out your mouths. The true size of a person is equal to their thoughts the triggers words and actions to God and man. Love is the greatest gift of all.
  • Hmmm (17/10/2020, 00:14) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    This story have to much mix up mix up. Roy please get a good lawyer. Tell me if I'm wrong you come in a house run behind the person you don't get to shot the person you want to shot but you shot the one that's on the floor. Well running behind the stepson plus you come back to shot the one in the wheelchair plus if it have so much people living in the house how no one else run out them room to see what going on. As I say this story got to much mix up mix up
  • Fyahman (17/10/2020, 16:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hate to hear folly about down island people this and that. You all just ignorant and stupid. You have to be from a certain place to commit a crime now?. What was said about our home grown who commits crime? Stop ayo foolishness. Anyone who commits a crime should be punished same way!. Gash dem and light them. Bring back hanging and let's see how much crime will drop.
  • Streets talking (21/10/2020, 08:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Haitian them fine out is u


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