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Tenant found not guilty of using threatening language, assaulting ‘powerful’ landlord

- Devye Nicholson was found not guilty of all charges on July 21, 2020
A St Vincent national, who had testified that her landlady fabricated a story on her and claimed to have power over the police because she was a Skelton and a relative of the former Minister for Health and Social Development, Mr Ronnie W. Skelton, was found not guilty of all the charges when she appeared in the Magistrate's Court on July 21, 2020. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A St Vincent national, who had testified that her landlady fabricated a story on her and claimed to have power over the police because she was a Skelton and a relative of the former Minister for Health and Social Development, Mr Ronnie W. Skelton, has been found not guilty of all the charges laid against her.

Devye Nicholson was found not guilty of Common Assault and Threatening Language when she appeared before the Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

The decision was handed down by Magistrate Ayanna O. Baptiste-DaBreo.


On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, Nicholson said in court, that on July 28, 2018, her landlady, the Virtual Complainant (VC) was unhappy that she was using Bleach and Fabuloso to clean the verandah in the apartment building where she lived in Baughers Bay.

She said they had an argument and the landlady told her to handover the hose. Unwilling to hand over the hose, the defendant said the VC started tugging on it while she was trying to fill a bucket with water.

During the ordeal, the defendant said she nearly slipped and fell and decided to release the hose which was still being held by the VC. As a result, the VC fell on the rough ground and got injuries to her right knee, right elbow and right palm.

The defendant said it was then that the VC allegedly told her she would say to the police that she choked her with the hose, threatened to break her neck and assaulted her.

The defendant alleged the VC reminded her that she was a Skelton, and whatever she said to the police they would believe her, as her family’s name was weighty in the Territory.

The defendant said her job at the Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital was also threatened by the VC because her relative was the Minister at the time.

Alleged threat of deportation

The single mother told the court that the VC also threatened to get her deported and came to her workplace to complain to her coworkers and bosses about the alleged offences.

The defendant said the VC only stopped when her lawyer, Mrs Valerie Stephens-Gordon, wrote her a letter.

21 Responses to “Tenant found not guilty of using threatening language, assaulting ‘powerful’ landlord”

  • name (22/07/2020, 10:49) Like (100) Dislike (1) Reply
    IF two ladies are in an altercation why is only one name published.
    This is public record so why one name is openly displayed while the other is hidden.
    • @ name (22/07/2020, 11:26) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
      Exactly.. The other person dont have a name, or the person scare them off....
    • Blink (22/07/2020, 11:28) Like (43) Dislike (1) Reply
      Because she is a Skelton
    • FEO GOMEZ (22/07/2020, 13:23) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
      Umm because the person is a Skelton and their name is WEIGHTY in the Territory YUH DEAF! Don't worry years ago the name save the devil worshiper who drunkard behind run down the spanish man. Time longer than twine dem turn waiting on dem.
    • BS (22/07/2020, 17:49) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
      She's a bloody skelton, maybe that's why. She should be tried next and sued for harassment, distress, defamation and every relevant form of personal injury. She got the name so maybe she got the money. Let's go Devve N.... I cheering you on. BS
    • @name (23/07/2020, 03:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      To protect which Skelton it is
  • hey (22/07/2020, 10:54) Like (24) Dislike (3) Reply
    I know this landlady very well and she is a very mean woman. I had many encounters with her in yrs gone by and i don't believe for one minute that she had change. I don't know the defendant in this matter but from my experience with her i believe everything the defendant said. She was always an aggressive woman but pretend to be this holy church going person especially with a few friends that she have. I don't know how the hell this second husbxxx could deal with her because he is such a cool calm and collective man. Family name was once upon a time not anymore and some her family members still think that name can hold water. Well not in this day and age . They need to know that by now. Landlady please change your ways before its to late.
    • 2020 (22/07/2020, 15:50) Like (2) Dislike (20) Reply
      Her and her husband relationship is none of your dang business. That is what is wrong with the world these days. People love to stick their heads up other people kun! instead of minding their own business. That is why these mind people business persons always get their lives so wrong.

      The Creator, the Almighty is a God of Justice and sooner than later all the evil upon this earth will be no more. Yes, I can't wait for Armageddon - God's war upon ALL the wicked. Many blasphemous evil doers though will get what they deserve before that time, including some who claim to be his servants.
    • okay (22/07/2020, 21:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Trust me! You do not want to put your head on a chopping block for this one
    • @hey (23/07/2020, 08:54) Like (0) Dislike (11) Reply
      I have worked with her but I have not seen her to be mean or perceived her to be mean the way you are describing her.

      By the way, what is your character and how will others describe you? Your blog is VERY mean!!! Do unto others as you would like others do unto you.
  • the rock (22/07/2020, 11:23) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    The woman is a skeleton remember lol
  • T (22/07/2020, 11:26) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    The other name is a name brand (Skelton) lord send help
  • post it (22/07/2020, 11:53) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    that lady claim that is from guyana,st lucia and now st vincent.
  • Jessica Jones (22/07/2020, 11:56) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Every dog has his day. GOD don't sleep.
  • indee (22/07/2020, 12:06) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    So would the landlord be charged for fabricating stories??
  • TamTam (22/07/2020, 12:15) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope she moved out and found a better living arrangement and that the apartjentvhas been rented and occupied satisfactorily. All is well that ends well
  • o (22/07/2020, 14:18) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let she rent it to a up island people lol
  • Hmmmm (22/07/2020, 15:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Half the time these differences is all about the have and have not but the most high see all hearts and deeds ...jealousy it the cause of the first murder..remember people watch ur self
  • braveheart (22/07/2020, 18:29) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    as long as you hold the conviction that you did nothing wrong, there's a not a single person to fear in this world. many years ago, another "powerful" name bearing individual was getting agitated with how "common" he was being treated by someone said individual had to be under him. when the so called "powerful" man asked "you know who I is meh son?" the fearless response by the "common" man who keept his head high with no remote intention of backing down? "i supposed to know?". the so called "powerful" man became angry and walked off. truth be told, in the presence of the Almighty, all these "powerful" are nothing.
  • Who's Next (23/07/2020, 17:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    Can someone get the Mc****** woman up the prison side in the court room next. Keeping people deposit money is stealing

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