UPDATE: DR man denies threatening High Court Witness
Solomon last appeared before the court on January 23, 2013 with charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, criminal trespass and being armed with an offensive weapon; separate charges against him in an unrelated matter were for abusive and threatening language and also for disorderly conduct.
The charges cover two incidents which allegedly occurred on November 12, 2012 at the High Court and on November 18, 2012 at Horse Path.
He did not offer a plea to the charges at his first appearance as he was unrepresented at the time. He is now being represented by attorney at law, Mr Patrick Thompson.
Solomon is currently on $50,000 bail with one signed surety for each matter and had been ordered to surrender his travel documents and have no contact with the witnesses or Virtual Complainant involved in the High Court related matter. He will now re-appear on March 13, 2013 when it will be decided which set of charges will be tried first.
See previous story published January 24, 2013:
$50k bail for man accused of threatening High Court witness
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Kelvin Solomon appeared before the Magistrate’s Court yesterday January 23, 2013 faced with charges of abusive and threatening language, in addition to disorderly conduct. The accused, who was unrepresented at the time, did not offer a plea to any of the charges.
According to the facts of the matter read by the prosecution, on December 12, 2012 a trial involving Danny Benjamin had just completed at the High Court with a guilty verdict and the Virtual Complainant (VC) was one of the witnesses in the matter.
After the verdict had been delivered, jurors left the courtroom and some of them remained in the courtyard. Jurors sitting in the courtyard allegedly observed when the defendant entered and attempted to ask what had transpired in court as he was late. No discussion to this effect took place and the defendant allegedly got angry as a result and proceeded to the back stairs leading to the Supreme Court.
At the top of the stairs were the bailiff and two other court staff members as well as the VC in the High Court Trial, who was at the time in conversation with the bailiff. They heard a loud voice and saw the defendant at the bottom of the stairs.
He allegedly began shouting and cursing in both Spanish and English. He then allegedly made his way up almost to the top of the stairs heading in the direction of the VC and the bailiff and stood between the two men.
The defendant then allegedly said to the VC, “You little mother [expletive], you little punk… didn’t I tell you do not go to court and do not go to the case, to drop it? Now you have my brother-in-law going to jail. Watch your back.”
The defendant then allegedly advanced to the bailiff and VC and two court officers before the VC ran inside the court. The bailiff then demanded that the defendant leave.
The VC made a report inside the court and indicated in relation to the statement made to him, the defendant had previously told him to drop the case. A detective reportedly met with the defendant on January 8, 2013 following which an interview was conducted where the accused reportedly denied the allegations and was later charged.
The defendant was placed on $50,000 bail with one signed surety, ordered to surrender his travel documents and told to have no contact with the VC or any of the witnesses in the matter, which comes up again on February 7, 2013 before the Magistrate’s Court.
See link to related story below: