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UPDATE: Loren Walwyn sentenced to twelve months in prison

Loren is the half brother of Minister for Education and Culture Myron V. Walwyn
Loren Walwyn as he was about to leave the Magistrate's court on February 8, 2013. Photo:VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Loren Walwyn was sentenced to a total of twelve months in prison when he appeared before the Magistrate’s Court today February 8, 2013.

Walwyn was sentenced to 12 months in prison on the charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm and 4 months in prison on the charge of possession of explosives.

Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards told the court that the charge of possession of a firearm carried a fine of $5000 or an alternative of 5 years in prison while the charge of possession of explosives carried a fine of $500 or 6 months in prison.

Magistrate Richards took into consideration the defendant’s early guilty plea and the fact that he was a first time offender; she did not accept the defence’s position in mitigation that the firearm was simply found at his home as opposed to being found on the road or elsewhere or that there were only 8 rounds of ammunition found instead of 30 rounds.

The Court further looked at the seriousness and prevalence of the offence in addition to the fact that the firearm was ready for use. Additionally, the court accepted the defendant’s mitigation regarding his academic potential as was put forward previously by Attorney at law, Herbert McKenzie.

The sentences are to be run concurrently and commence from the first date of remand for the defendant. Loren is the half brother of Minister for Education and Culture Myron V. Walwyn

See previous story published February 5, 2013:

UPDATE: Walwyn not beyond redemption-Attorney

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Attorney Herbert Mckenzie yesterday, February 4, 2013 presented two character testimonials to the court while relating that both documents indicated that the offence for which the defendant was before the court was out of character for him.

In his mitigation plea on behalf of his client, Loren Walwyn, the attorney announced that the young man, in whose home officers found a 9mm firearm with eight rounds of ammunition last year, is not beyond redemption.

The lawyer stated that one of the witnesses explained that Walwyn excelled academically at his US high school and was featured in an edition of the Who is Who school publication.

Walwyn had also reportedly made the national Dean’s List, McKenzie said. “It shows that somewhere down the line something went wrong in this young man’s life and that caused this change.”

McKenzie noted that the firearm that his client had been found with was not meant to rob, rape, or pillage but rather, his client “had it for protection” as misguided as this hope was.

Walwyn will return to court on February 8, 2013 when it is expected that his sentence will be handed down.

See previous story posted December 14, 2012:

UPDATE: Loren Walwyn pleads guilty in Horsepath gun find; co-accused set free 

Loren is the half brother of Minister for Education and Culture Myron V. Walwyn

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Loren Walwyn, 25, of Horsepath changed his plea to guilty and admitted that a firearm discovered at his home had belonged to him when he appeared before the Magistrate’s Court today, December 14, 2012.

Walwyn is charged with keeping an unlicensed firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. Following his change of plea, Crown Counsel Tiffany Scatliffe told the court that the Crown would offer no charges against his co-accused, Kezzia Carey and she was then set free.

The matter was stood down briefly before the prosecution re-read the facts and defence attorney, Herbert Mckenzie was given an opportunity to offer mitigation on behalf of the accused.

McKenzie told the court that the defendant was gainfully employed at the Water & Sewerage Department and had no previous convictions; further the court was asked to find that the defendant’s guilty plea was made as early as it possibly could be made under the circumstances.

Walwyn had pleaded not guilty to the charges at his first appearance, but his attorney stated that the utterances made by the accused, both at the scene of the gun find and at the Police Station itself, amounted to a confession to the crime. He added that this shows that the defendant had indicated responsibility for the crime from the inception; the Magistrate stated however, that this responsibility was not expressed to her during his first attendance at court.

The court was also asked to consider that the defendant was allegedly the sole breadwinner for his single mother, who is currently unemployed. The defence counsel conceded that the defendant went about the issue of protection, as the firearm was allegedly obtained for, in the wrong way and offered that the defendant should have sought a firearm license instead.

He then requested leniency for his client and noted that the defence would be offering two character witness statements in writing to the court

The matter was adjourned for sentencing on January 30, 2013.

See previous story posted on November 2, 2012:

UPDATE: One accused in gun find at Horsepath said he didn't regret having weapon- Crown

- Both accused granted bail

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Loren Walwyn and Kezzia Carey appeared before Magistrate Tamia Richards today November 2, 2012 jointly charged with the offences of unlawful possession of explosives and keeping a firearm without a licence. They both pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

Walwyn, 25, of Horsepath and Carey, 20, of Sand Box Road were arrested following the discovery of a handgun and a quantity of ammunition during a search executed by police at a residence in Horsepath.

Walwyn is represented by attorney Herbert McKenzie while Carey is represented by attorney Stephen Daniels. 

According to the allegations read by Principal Crown Counsel Tiffany Scatliffe, Police executed a search in Horsepath at a residence of Loren Walwyn as a result of a complaint received.

Upon entering the house, Police allegedly met Walwyn and Carey; Walwyn allegedly posed some difficulty during the search while Carey was said to be cooperative.

During the search one chrome 9mm Tanfoglio Italian-made firearm loaded with nine 8mm rounds of ammunition with an obliterated serial number was allegedly discovered in the bedroom of the house.

Upon finding the firearm, police showed both accused the discovery. Mr Walwyn, after being cautioned allegedly said “Me aint feel sorry for nothing… of course I must have it to protect myself cause ayo aint protecting me.”

The firearm was then cleared and both accused were taken to the Road Town Police Station. The duo was then taken into custody and caution interviews were conducted. Carey denied knowledge of the firearm that was allegedly discovered in the bedroom. During his interview, Walwyn allegedly admitted to possession of the firearm.

The defendant, the court heard, related that he wanted to protect himself from Basil Prescott, a person with whom he was said to have been in a recent altercation with and also accused of threatening him. Carey allegedly confirmed that the two had a recent altercation.

After being cautioned, both defendants were charged with the offences.

The prosecution did not object to bail but requested that certain conditions be put in place for Mr Walwyn such as reporting regularly to the police station, a curfew and staying away from Mr Prescott as he allegedly made certain threatening comments.

Carey was placed on $45,000 bail with one surety.

Meanwhile Walwyn’s bail conditions, after being given some thought by the Magistrate, were set as reporting to the police station Monday-Saturday and a curfew of 8 P.M. - 7 A.M. and instructions to stay away from Mr Prescott.

He was granted bail in the sum of $80,000 with a $20,000 cash component.

Both accused are required to return to court on December 14, 2012.

Meanwhile, in a recent press release from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), the Acting Head of CID, Inspector Jacqueline Vanterpool, said officers are targeting suspected persons believed to be carrying illegal firearms and the public can help by sharing as much information as possible with Police.

“We want to work in partnership with the community to get illegal firearms off the streets. If you have information that can help in this effort, contact any officer within CID or call the confidential Crimestopper’s hotline number 800-TIPS 800-8477,” she said.

The Crimestoppers International, with programmes in the Caribbean and all over the world, receives information from anonymous callers and passes that information back to respective law enforcement agencies to help solve crime and to bring perpetrators to justice within that jurisdiction. No information about the caller is required or solicited.

42 Responses to “UPDATE: Loren Walwyn sentenced to twelve months in prison”

  • Edward (01/11/2012, 12:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Put all the gun thugs in the old prison on main st.
  • @@@@@ (01/11/2012, 18:54) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
    Loren Walwyn is he the brother of???? hummmmm
    • MW (01/11/2012, 23:10) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      he sure is....
    • qc (02/11/2012, 17:57) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Your comment is so pathetic itself. Are you saying that the Loren brother MvW should have accompanied this man to his home every day to prevent him having a gun?
    • ta ta (02/11/2012, 18:15) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Why are some of you more concerned with PERSONALITIES, rather than the gun and the ISSUES.

    • gun man (16/12/2012, 18:06) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Shut up. Blah blah blah
    • @@@@@... (05/02/2013, 22:05) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      In all fairness, the person to whom you allude should not have to suffer on account of Loren's wrongs. At age 25, Loren has to deal with the consequences of HIS poor decisions and not his siblings.
  • AND????? (02/11/2012, 12:17) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    So WHAT!!! if he's the brother of???? You all jus make the dog SICK!!!!! Did his brother told him to have a GUN???? The way he wanna live as nothing to do with his brother.( SMH )
  • bruk shot (02/11/2012, 18:16) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    so if he is the brother of??????????? look what irene penn oneal daugther did and what happen to she ayo ppl jus too small minded is this his son or even if he is an adult he face he own judgement
    • voter (03/11/2012, 17:02) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      Oh nooo you didn't go there bruk shot! i can't wait to cast my vote for miss penn oneal come 2015 we certainly putting she back in and dats a fact!!!

  • LIFE (02/11/2012, 23:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
  • zip it (03/11/2012, 09:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    a walwyn and a gun now that's scary
  • weed (14/12/2012, 16:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    who was his legal advosor??hope not he brother
  • double standard (15/12/2012, 08:45) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    When the half brother by father only of the Speaker died the media"s headline was Speaker of the House brother died. When any family member of the VIP or any other party other than NDP get in trouble whether brother, son, daughter, etc. the media make sure we know whose elected representaive relative they are. But when it is someone from the NDP family gets in trouble the media & some of you clearly divorce them from their elected representative. The NDP have this whole island afraid of them buddy. This place have too amny double standard.
  • rattie (15/12/2012, 12:37) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    ok headline: "brother of minister of education goes to jail" ae you happy now?
    • double standard (15/12/2012, 17:57) Like (0) Dislike (10) Reply
      no i want to see it in the headline
      • Head Above High Water (16/12/2012, 09:11) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
        "Double Standard" I believe you and yours have enough skeletons in your closet just waiting to burst forth. Myron and his brother do you something? Don't you see the times we are living in go pray!!! Loren is being covered in prayer who has your back????? You all need to leave this NDP, VIP thing alone. Our country is seriously divided. There is too much hurt and anger and pride in the land. If we do not repent the Father is going to allow more chaos in the land becuase He sees that we are not taking heed. I better not get started because the anointing is running heavy and I feel like preaching!!!!!
        • 1 (16/12/2012, 11:55) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
          i agree wid "head above high water" but what is good for the goose is good for the ganda ova & out!
      • lmfaoooo (16/12/2012, 11:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        lol lol lol lol ur to funny
  • dd (15/12/2012, 14:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Stronger sentences needed
    • Ron (05/02/2013, 15:18) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      for real look he backside up and throw the key
      • No Where to Go (05/02/2013, 16:26) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        "Ron" you and all the other negative bloggers could go and kick rocks with your shoes off. Thank God the key is not in yours nor their hands. "The Secret" says what you wish for others it comes back to you so I would admonish you and all the others to be careful what emissions you send out into the universe. Lent season is just around the corner. Ask your elders.
  • yes we can (05/02/2013, 15:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    They watch too much damn TV and gangsta want to be!!,
  • eee (05/02/2013, 15:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    They drinking TOO MUCH

  • O-Rap (05/02/2013, 22:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I smell a slap on the wrist comming on.
  • Heart Broken Mother (08/02/2013, 11:52) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    As a mother, I'm heart broken and sad about the situation that our young men find themselves in. We have to continually pray for our male seed. The devil is on a rampage.
  • spar (08/02/2013, 12:23) Like (1) Dislike (25) Reply
    anything to look foolish seems to be their motto of the walwyns
    • Lady in Red (08/02/2013, 14:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I do hope you know your motto, cause you sound like some body without sense.... you HATER
  • extra extra (08/02/2013, 12:25) Like (2) Dislike (19) Reply
    myron's brother gone jail
    • jail bird (08/02/2013, 16:44) Like (1) Dislike (16) Reply
      let's hope he is not next!!!
    • Real Talk (08/02/2013, 18:38) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      He is the first brother to have a brother go jail, at least it was't for Drugs, murder, stealing, nor rape, you small minded.... FOOL

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