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UPDATE: Greenland resident Dajshon Benjamin gets $70K bail on gun charge

- gun was allegedly found in jacket in closet
On Thursday, October 15, 2020, Senior Magistrate Tamia N. Richards granted bail in the sum of $70,000 to Dajshon Benjamin, 24, of Greenland, Tortola. Benjamin is facing the charge of keeping a firearm without a license. Photo: VINO/File
Officers of the Major Crime Team have charged one man with keeping an illegal firearm after a search warrant executed yesterday, October 14, 2020, on a home in Greenland uncovered the loaded handgun. Photo: VINO/File
Officers of the Major Crime Team have charged one man with keeping an illegal firearm after a search warrant executed yesterday, October 14, 2020, on a home in Greenland uncovered the loaded handgun. Photo: VINO/File
Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews has said the recent arrests in firearm-related offences is due to the commendable tenacity of his officers. Photo: VINO/File
Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews has said the recent arrests in firearm-related offences is due to the commendable tenacity of his officers. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- On Thursday, October 15, 2020, Senior Magistrate Tamia N. Richards granted bail in the sum of $70,000 to Dajshon Benjamin, 24, of Greenland, Tortola. Benjamin is facing the charge of keeping a firearm without a license.

Benjamin appeared before the Magistrate’s Court via Zoom but did not enter a plea.

Allegations

Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mrs Tiffany R. Scatliffe-Esprit said on the morning of October 13, 2020, around 6.07am, officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) as part of the investigations into the murder [of Matthew D. Daly] which occurred in Spring Ghut in September 2020, had cause to execute a search warrant on a residence at East End.

During that search, in a ground floor bedroom, a loaded Smith and Wesson handgun with 14 rounds of ammunition in the magazine was met in a black jacket that was hanging in the clothes closet of one of the males residing in the home.

As a result, the four persons who occupied the ground floor of the two-story house were arrested on suspicion of keeping an unlicensed firearm. They were taken to the Road Town Police Station where they were interviewed.

Three of the four persons stated that they had no knowledge of the firearm, but one of the individuals said on October 12, 2020, Benjamin visited his home which he was accustomed to doing. When he came, he brought the jacket and hung it in his closet but thought nothing of it being there until the discovery.

Benjamin was then met at the Road Town Police Station and was interviewed under caution about the firearm.

During the interview, he admitted that the jacket in question was his and he placed the firearm in it and gave it to one of the men living at the house to keep as he intended to take it at a later stage.

He said he never told the young man that there was a firearm in the jacket. As a result of this admittance, he was charged with the offence.

Checks were made, and it was confirmed by the RVIPF armoury that he did not have a license to carry the weapon.

Person of interest 

With respect to bail, while the DPP did not object, she said: “We have reason to believe that this particular firearm that was found was in connection to the said investigation that started the search in the first instance.”

Scatliffe-Esprit added: “Mr Benjamin is a person of interest. He has not reached the suspect level yet and there is concern that there may be interference with the investigation if he was given bail.”

She said; however, he is from the VI and is not deemed a flight risk and asked for stringent measures for his bail.

The Senior Magistrate then made him a bail offer of $70,000 with two sureties, none of whom should be over 65 years old, and they must have property or cash indicating that, if it becomes necessary, they would be able to pay the bond each.

She also imposed a daily curfew of 6:00pm to 7:00am, and Benjamin must also surrender his travel documents and report to the East End Police Station every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 7:00am and 12 noon.

The matter was adjourned to November 18, 2020.

Attorney Patrick D. Thompson is representing Benjamin.

See previous article published October 15, 2020

Greenland man charged with keeping illegal firearm

Officers of the Major Crime Team have charged one man with keeping an illegal firearm after a search warrant executed yesterday, October 14, 2020, on a home in Greenland uncovered the loaded handgun.

Dajshon Benjamin, 24, of Greenland, Tortola, is to appear in court today, October 15, 2020, to face the charge, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) stated in a press release.

“Others will likely be also prosecuted in relation to the same weapon,” police stated.

Officers deserve the praise- CoP Matthews

According to the release, Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews said the recent arrests in firearm-related offences is due to the commendable tenacity of his officers.

“These officers push through many hours, well beyond most of us, to bring about these arrests without public fanfare or applause. Very few will understand or appreciate the patience and diligence required. I know what it requires and will consistently give them the praise and support they are due. They deserve it,” the Commissioner said.

Investigations are continuing into the matter.

21 Responses to “UPDATE: Greenland resident Dajshon Benjamin gets $70K bail on gun charge”

  • Hmmm (15/10/2020, 14:08) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    RVIPD doing good buddy
    • Peaches (15/10/2020, 17:32) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
      This is what they need to be doing; hounding down these crimminals and drug pushers and leave the poor shoppers in the supermarkets/businesses/alone if they find us with a mask below our nose. Many times shoppers like myself just pull it down for a second to come up for some air and then BAMB! an officer may prance on us at the same time. A lot of us may end up sick from breathing out and breathing in our own toxin.

      Kudos to the RVIPF for a job well done. May God continue to guide and protect these officers as they go out into danger from day to day.
    • when (16/10/2020, 09:32) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
      Not them down islanders
  • from buckingham palace (15/10/2020, 14:39) Like (37) Dislike (6) Reply
    No Mr.Mathew,they will not praise the officers,because they keep saying your officers are islandman.I said before BVI society will suffer under criminals.God will punish them,they are too wicked bvi society.
    crimes and criminals have everyone of them afraid and under siege,have them afraid to walk on the streets at nights,
    the police go out there night and day,dedicated and willing,but before the public see some kind of make up video,with police defending themselves,is blowz on police.
    continue to encourage your officers to do their best to weed out the society from illega gunsand dont expect a corrupt society of bvi tp praise them.
    ,but people in the bvi are a bunch HYPOCRITES who condoning criminal activities and criminal behaviour.only when its their family thats the victim they can feel the pain of crime,
    police dont out out there to hurt anybody,yes,some of our officers can be a little more polite,in polite situations,but officers were not trained to be polite in rough situation
    they were trained,to strike a resisting with a baton
    ,that is to say,if you come at them with violence,they will defend themself.anytime people support crime in a society,that society is a sick society, the bvi society is crime-support-sick society.
    shame on dem who support crime.shame on ah you
  • Rubber Duck (15/10/2020, 15:17) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    The law should be : possession of a firearm, 10 years without possibility of parole
  • old (15/10/2020, 15:58) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    To much gun in some people home..this is not a western movie’s this is the bvi. Is it true we are Christian nation........,
  • Beacon light servant (15/10/2020, 16:06) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulation to the RVIPF. The job that you are doing to help reduce crimes in the B.V.I is very welome to all peace loving people. Continue to fo your best. May the righteouss God of genuine love protect you, your families, and all the people that reside and visit our Country from harm.
  • Sam (15/10/2020, 16:10) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    The money you take to buy a gun .By food with it .gun cannot eat fool.
  • who (15/10/2020, 17:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Till u thay buy these guns ii given to them to work with
  • Hmmm (15/10/2020, 17:23) Like (9) Dislike (19) Reply
    The white man and island man working together to destroy isreal
  • Wait a second? (15/10/2020, 22:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Looks like all the goons of the host of C** D**P going down one by one?! Keep it up Babylon you’ll getting close the the real island kingpin but remember “ hands feeling better even trigger happy” words of Sin D
    • @Wait a Second (16/10/2020, 15:21) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      YASSSSSSS, THEY ARE GETTING REAL CLOSE TO THE REAL ISLAND KINGPIN. UNDERGROUND CITY RUMORS IS SOMEONE IS GETTING READY TO LOSE TOP DOG POSITION.
  • Local (16/10/2020, 04:42) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    We keep on commenting and bashing the officers from caribbean Islands and refuse to acknowledge the fact that our people refuse to join the force. Most locals do not seek employment in policing.
    • right (16/10/2020, 13:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You wont see it till they pass the cannabis act. In a community that was traditionally and still is very safe

      This one topic of jail for cannabis has lead to more crime by criminalizing the men and separating the force from its real source of information as it pertains to theft & others crimes long established in biblical times.

      When the bible tells you god gave this herb bearing seed and Babylon says we give you money to go against your belief

      Can a honorable person with these biblical beliefs then take that job to uphold the law?

      Where we came from across the sea bonded us as one, we are in this together. Police are supposed to be honorable people, protectors worthy of praise. Not people who choose oppression of their fellows for money.
      That is why they have to bring them in with eyes like $.$

      There is no outcry from the ranks on these issues. Its 2020 how can they stand to be called Babylon?
  • Dan (16/10/2020, 09:13) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    The man is a "born here" He will be given bail and he will never see a day behind bars.
  • Hmm (16/10/2020, 09:25) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    why everybody getting catch with guns getting bail all of a sudden ??
  • Local Boy (16/10/2020, 09:41) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I agree with the Commissioner.
  • Wow (16/10/2020, 09:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why can't we speak positive instead of negative time we start acting like adults an not two years old blaming each other
  • Future (16/10/2020, 10:12) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    The criminals is going to hold the entire BVI hostage very soon.
  • @oldwat (16/10/2020, 13:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wat Christian nation ...u mean a nation synagogue of satan...wicked house slave
  • time (17/10/2020, 15:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    When you think that this person was once a baby then a little boy, then an adolescent by looking at his Facebook photos, if he is the murderer, imagine his 10 year old self becoming a murder.



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