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UPDATE: Freeman's court matter heading for record as oldest!

Gerry Freeman (foreground) was remanded to prison after his trial failed to begin when he appeared before the Magistrate's Court on July 24, 2013. Photo: VINO
Gerry Freeman (foreground) was advised to cut his losses and secure a new attorney by Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards. Photo: VINO/File
Gerry Freeman (foreground) was advised to cut his losses and secure a new attorney by Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Although finally accompanied by his attorney, Gerry Freeman, 48, was still unsuccessful in having his case proceed before the Magistrate’s Court at John's Hole yesterday, July 24, 2013.

The defendant was charged with failure to make a declaration in an incident related to his illegal entry to the Virgin Islands. This allegedly stemmed from a 2007 arrest.

Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards cited the case as being en route to holding the record of the longest running case before the court after it had been adjourned several times over the years.

Senior Crown Counsel Sarah Benjamin apologised to the court for the absence of several customs officers who were key witnesses in the matter and requested an adjournment. She noted that the officers had been coming regularly over the years, only to have the matter put off time and again.

Magistrate Richards declined a request to have the matter adjourned to October and instead suggested an earlier date as she felt the matter had been dragged on for far too long.

When told that the witnesses may be on vacation during the month of September, Magistrate Richards said, “They have to be here, unless they’re dead or sick.” She noted that the officers could be summoned to appear regardless of whether they were on vacation or not given the rules that govern their position as public officers.

Freeman will now return to court on September 16, 2013 when his trial is expected to begin with testimony from two of the Crown’s witnesses.

See previous story posted June 13, 2013:

Magistrate advises Gerry Freeman to find new attorney

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – USVI national Gerry Freeman, 48, who is part of a group of men before the Magistrate’s Court on money laundering and drug conspiracy charges, was advised by Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards to find a new attorney.

Freeman, of St Thomas, is also before the court on related charges of illegal entry and Magistrate Richards told the defendant on June 11, 2013 that he may have to cut his losses short and get someone else to defend him after there had been several no-shows on the part of his attorney in the matter.

“I have never seen the lady and I paid,” the defendant alleged while stating that he made payments for his defence to J. S. Archibald & Co.

Magistrate Richards asked if it may be possible that Freeman could impress the importance of his matter upon his attorney since it had continued to come up without representation over the past year.

Meanwhile, Senior Crown Counsel Sarah Benjamin expressed frustration on the part of the prosecution and stated that the matter had been ongoing for some time.

She suggested to the Court that the Crown would be pleading that this be allowed as the final adjournment in the case in relation to issues of representation for the defendant.

It was stated that it is unfair that the Crown has been prepared and ready for quite a while and has seen no progress with the case.

Magistrate Richards said the matter would be proceeding with or without the defendant’s attorney and said she would give him enough time to secure a new lawyer in adjourning the matter.

The case is now set for hearing again on July 24, 2013 when the trial is expected to proceed.

13 Responses to “UPDATE: Freeman's court matter heading for record as oldest!”

  • dude (13/06/2013, 08:39) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    See how they play with ppl's lives.............best to stay out the system
  • ausar (13/06/2013, 08:46) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just complain her to the BVI Bar, Gerry!
    • ted (13/06/2013, 09:08) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

      When the BAR and Ar**** is basically the same. All of them is friends

  • want to know (13/06/2013, 09:14) Like (10) Dislike (28) Reply
    How can a magistrate tell man cut his losses when he paid attorney that is no right someone have to looking to that.
  • Fat Head (13/06/2013, 09:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Charles Darwin was a very smart and observant man. His theory of Natura Selection which shows the Surival of the Fittest can be seen in every aspect of our world. When good men stand by and do nothing, nature will eventually work things out. This is guaranteed, it just takes a bit longer.

  • so unfair. (13/06/2013, 11:13) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    They need to arrest this lawyer for theft and fraud, disbat her and make sure she pays flr damages. And why doesn't the prosecution sit down and take a little back of what they serve
    How much time did they waste. I've even heard the judge tell them to get their acts together.
  • $$$$$ (13/06/2013, 15:15) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    we need some money loose on the streets boss
  • ------------ (25/07/2013, 09:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is just wrong this is not justise
  • bvi (25/07/2013, 11:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Set the man free. From 2007 til now? This is too laughable
  • Stop biting (25/07/2013, 21:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I see y good people do turn bad life is not fear but god is good .i think he deserve his money back that,s not real
  • Disinterested (26/07/2013, 11:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Shameful! Justice delayed is justice denied. Are persons accused entitled to a speedy trial? The entire justice system has a black eye with case. The accused is being treated as a disposable item, not a human being. The accused is probably poor but deserves a speedy trial. Let the man go!


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