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UPDATE: David Turnbull & Kurt Rabsatt guilty of robbery

David Turnbull (left) and Kurt Rabsatt (right) have been found guilty of robbery. Photo: VINO/File/Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A nine-member jury unanimously found robbery accused duo David Turnbull and Kurt Rabsatt guilty moments ago, June 13, 2016.

The pair is to return to court on July 8, 2016 for their sentencing hearing.

In the meantime they have been remanded to Her Majesty's Prison at Balsam Ghut.

Representing Turnbull was attorney Michael Maduro while Valerie Stephens-Gordon appeared on behalf of Kurt Rabsatt.

Prosecuting the case were Senior Crown Counsel Valston M. Graham and Leslie Ann Faulkner. Justice Nicola Byer heard the case.

The duo is accused of robbing Carl D. Wheatley on the night of November 8, 2014 outside of a strip club in East End on the main island of Tortola.

See previous article published June 7, 2016

Kurt Rabsatt; David Turnbull face jury trial for alleged robbery

The High Court trial of David Turnbull and Kurt Rabsatt continued today June 7, 2016 with testimony coming from one of the main witnesses - the virtual complainant himself.

The complainant in the case, Carl D. Wheatley testified in the case of seeing the two men, telling the court that he knows the two men and that he knew Rabsatt from primary school and that he was also familiar with Turnbull.

The two accused and the virtual complainant are all from East End on the Virgin Islands main island of Tortola.

Representing Turnbull was attorney Michael Maduro while Valerie Stephens-Gordon appeared on behalf of Kurt Rabsatt. Both of the accused are on remand.

Prosecuting the case were Senior Crown Counsel Valston M. Graham and Leslie Ann Faulkner. Justice Nicola Byer heard the case.

According to the witness, on the night in question, November 8, 2014, he went to a strip club in East End around 10:00 pm. Wheatley said when he went inside, he surmised that the club was not buzzing with activity.

Wheatley said he then left the the club and as he was walking out Rabsatt allegedly grabbed him and pulled him in a dark corner.

The witness said he attempted to resist Rabsatt's alleged attempts to subdue him. However, further testimony was interrupted due to a legal point raised by the defence.

The Crown is expected to call at least four other witnesses as the trial continues tomorrow June 8, 2016.

14 Responses to “UPDATE: David Turnbull & Kurt Rabsatt guilty of robbery”

  • mary j (13/06/2016, 15:04) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply mean the crown won a case?
    • Yep (13/06/2016, 16:14) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
      They sure did.
    • Outlaw (13/06/2016, 17:40) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
      The crown always win cases. Where do u live
      • simples (13/06/2016, 18:14) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
        Simply not true. Their conviction rate is very low here. In fact they only agree to proceed with cases if there is a extremely high chance of conviction. They are not experienced enough to take on lesser cases. Jurys here are scared to return guilty verdicts. This system of jury simply does not work here. There is always someone connected to the accused, either on the jury, the court staff or the bench/magistrate themselves. Just look at the disgusting sentences handed out recently for gun possession. look at the murderers who have gotten off(who virtually everybody on Island knows were guilty), look at the drug dealers who pay off people. The whole system is not suitable here and a new judicial system should be in place. Either get in jurors from overseas/ hear cases overseas or get in judges from out side who would be totally IMPARTIAL. Wake up BVI. its your Island.
  • Well Sah! (13/06/2016, 15:28) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    look ahere, the crown actually won one for the books!
  • badness don't pay (13/06/2016, 15:48) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Prison or Cemetry
  • Hmm (13/06/2016, 18:15) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    That case had so much discrepancies the witness and the police investigation, I am a bit surprised by the outcome of the case. But it is what it is
    • @hmmm (13/06/2016, 22:50) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      I totally agree with you... I'm very much surprised myself, thought the case would've been thrown out for the amount of lies and contradicting stories that were told
  • justice (13/06/2016, 18:47) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    its graham did the prosecuting, not Tiffany, so i expect them to win.
  • wize up (13/06/2016, 19:11) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    why some of the young men in this territory love the jail house so; is it because they getting free food and no out of pocket monthly expenses..these young men should be assisting with the proper development of these Virgin Islands also looking some good wife; you know keeping the females happy but them rather be up in the jail house among a set a man!!!
  • just asking (13/06/2016, 20:01) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Are strip clubs legal here?
    • wize up (13/06/2016, 22:30) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ just asking; what is your definition of legal: LOTO tickets are sold here every day(is it legal)
  • just asking (14/06/2016, 00:43) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    @wize up: Thats another good question, wize up. By the way, is robbery legal?
    • wize up (14/06/2016, 06:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ just asking: robbery is just a !uck especially now these punks using guns during these incidences because you might just be in the right place at the wrong time and get shot; gun shot respect no one: in this life you have the Roots and you have the Radicals and we all must survive(just keep the faith)

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