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T&T man caught during police raid admits to entering VI illegally

- sentenced to $1K plus 2 months @ HMP
Magistrate's Court: Trinidad national Trevon Cumberbatch was fined $1,000 plus two months at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) for illegally entering the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A national of Trinidad and Tobago has been fined $1,000 plus two months at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) for illegally entering the Virgin Islands.

On Wednesday, July 15, 2020, Magistrate Christilyn Benjamin sentenced 32-year-old construction worker Trevon Cumberbatch for the offence of ‘Landing in the territory without leave of an Immigration Officer’ on a date unknown between January 1 and July 11, 2020.

He pleaded guilty to the offence when the charge was put to him at his arraignment.

Cumberbatch is facing an additional two months at HMP if he does not pay the fine by Friday, July 17.

Facts of the matter

The facts, according to Prosecutor Mr Kael London, indicates that Cumberbatch was at a private residence in Georges Northside on Tortola, when members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) executed a search warrant for fugitive, Nyron Erickson.

Erickson and others, who were allegedly at the residence, were alerted of the presence of the police and escaped, while the defendant hid behind a wall on the property and was caught and questioned.

“I overstayed, I don’t have my passport,” he told police.

Cumberbatch later admitted to entering illegally. ‘I came here on a boat,” he remarked during a cautioned interview sometime later.

Searching for my brother

The defendant told the court that he initially came to the Territory to search for his brother Morris, who had been missing since 2018.

He said he flew into the Territory but when his time was up he did not want to return home and instead went to St Maarten and returned illegally.

29 Responses to “T&T man caught during police raid admits to entering VI illegally”

  • school children (16/07/2020, 08:08) Like (33) Dislike (5) Reply
    Oh please you have his hitMAN RIGHT THERE
  • good job (16/07/2020, 08:19) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    How Did they know the police were coming. Who notified them? In the end they did a good Job....
    • YUP! (16/07/2020, 10:34) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yup, get his finger prints and dna and test the crime scene evidence
    • Outlaw (16/07/2020, 14:29) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Good job did you read what a previous story says, it said one man was outside, the police shouted to him and he ran inside and alerted the others.
  • SMH (16/07/2020, 08:22) Like (5) Dislike (9) Reply
    Like we didn’t know these island people does put shame on them country buddy
  • lenny (16/07/2020, 08:23) Like (13) Dislike (8) Reply
    Deport he back down island
  • sense (16/07/2020, 08:24) Like (21) Dislike (10) Reply
    Why them other Caribbean people be so desperate to come into the Virgin Islands
    • @sense (16/07/2020, 13:54) Like (12) Dislike (15) Reply
      Same way you Virgin Islanders are desperate to go to the US. Pot calling kettle black. Everyone wants a better life. You should be happy that some of those same persons choose your home land so that they can help make it a better place. And before you respond which a dumb answer about them making it bad, again look with in the people they working for are YOUR SAME people so don't be so quick to judge. Y'all stays trying to make other island people look bad when in truth we all have faults.
      • @@sense (16/07/2020, 15:52) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
        The US will accept us faster than ayo island people believe that
        • DWL (16/07/2020, 22:08) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
          Lol while that's a good joke I don't condone it lol dwl lol we all are from a dam island we hold back each other tomuch
      • To @sense (16/07/2020, 15:53) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
        But we don’t go in America illegally though like how y’all island people does come in to the VI illegal y’all desperate bad
      • @@sence (16/07/2020, 15:59) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
        Make it better in what way, since they are in the business of making place better they should stay and make their own country better.
  • Greg (16/07/2020, 09:57) Like (41) Dislike (2) Reply
    The ones housing them and the Construction Owner were supposed to have seen his and the others papers to prove they were here legally. This falls on everyone shoulders. Now that is how the virus will kill us all, by the hand of our own people who are hiring and housing them. This is why we must wear masks and have curfews thanks to our own lowdown no good for nothing BVI landers. I'm LIVID! $1000 fine and only 2 months in prison is easy and not enough, because they can be handing us a death sentence hiding out here! Make them feel it in their pockets $10,000 and not having their freedom 3 years, a much longer sentence! They will think twice about not coming back here after we deport them. We have to let these outsiders know, it will not be an easy fix when they get caught and let the BVI landers hiding them be hit with a BIG FINE $25,000. That will deter their stupid behinds.
    • We are also culpable (16/07/2020, 12:59) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      When I read this, I wanted to know where is the justice for the one who brought him in illegally? We quick to blame foreigners for our problems but they do what we allow and tolerate. People will not be smuggled in here without some BVIslander connection from the lowest man on the street to the highest echelons of society. The ones who don't involve us invariably get caught.
      It is very concerning that Nyron and others were tipped off on the police's arrival. Those leaks need to be found and plugged. How is he able to elude police on a lil' 2x4 island? That is the question to ask.
  • Outsider (16/07/2020, 11:19) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    Mr. COP, them unfaithful, untrustworthy offcers AGAIN!! We need some other UK officers in here among them even on the sea. Man of the CLOTH, you keep talking independence. The first thing you should look at is our defence team. Where them is and WHO them is??
  • BigBoxOfCornflakes (16/07/2020, 13:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
  • lesson (16/07/2020, 16:01) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Do you realize how stupid this down island talk is. When you get right down to it where you are from means nothing.
    • Learnt (16/07/2020, 19:20) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Where one is from means a lot because BVIslanders cannot expect to go to other countries and commit illegal activities and get away. But apparently, when other nationals come to the BVI they are supposed to be allowed to commit illegal activities and get away without any penalty. All illegal activities are to be dealt with accordingly. If committed by a BVIslander, there is no where else to send him/her. If committed by a national of another jurisdiction, of course, they can be deported if the offence warrants that penalty. So where one is from means a lot.
    • self (17/07/2020, 07:52) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      It means a lot when they make the name of their country and its location a word that announces all kind of evil. The evil doings with which they have smeared themselves,is their calling call.
  • Hmm (16/07/2020, 16:52) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fined a $1,000, and they can't pay. Held for two months and have to feed and ensure they stay healthy cost at least $6,000.00. The best thing is to send them back home.
  • Okro (16/07/2020, 17:22) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
  • Blind Man (16/07/2020, 18:10) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Since 2018 your brother missing an you still looking for him like you blind you is a rat an you like man money have you way you is now
  • NIKEY (17/07/2020, 09:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    These Jackass just putting our Government in expense!!!
  • sentencing (17/07/2020, 14:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The lady claiming breast cancel lump gets 4 months this Jackass gets 2. Both could bring Covid and death to the island. The sentences are nonsense. $1000 and 2 months paid board isn't going to stop a hardened criminal. Then there is bail for the duo that housed this criminal and the fugitive - WTF!
  • @Okro (19/07/2020, 21:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Midnight is ours, stealing and all. Every country has good and bad. What seems to be prevalent is that a lot of persons who are on these blogs are willfully being mean with the down island talk and as a BVIslander I am convinced it is the same group over and over again. But I have to say as someone interacting with persons from other islands, you can find some sugary sweet and friendly persons from the other Caribbean islands who you are proud to call friend, and I have many. But then there are others, a large group, who are what I would call unfriendly and divisive and calling down BVIslanders is their daily routine. They even roll their eyes when you pass them in the street. Now when things are different and jobs are not as plentiful as before, every country has to look out for their citizens. If I was in a strange land, I would make room for returning nationals. It seems to me to be the right thing to do. BVIslanders do not hate persons from other Caribbean islands or other countries in the world. We live peaceably together every day. I would just urge those that are unfriendly to try and be kind wherever else they cal their home for more than a couple of months. Life in the BVI has been great. There was no need to compare yourself with the locals and calling them lazy. For those that are leaving or that have to leave, God's speed.
  • ndp (22/07/2020, 12:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So this man had drug dealers illegal immigrants hit man and God knows who else in the woman house?
    And she have two children ?
    Guess once money talks
    Common sense walks

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