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UPDATE: Trial delayed for Officers accused of beating youth

Interdicted Police Officers, Wendell Anthony and Marvin Robinson stand accused of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against the now deceased youth, Brandon George (above). Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The trial involving interdicted Police Officers, Wendell Anthony and Marvin Robinson hit a snag when the duo appeared before the Magistrate’s Court yesterday, March 24, 2014 for continuation.

The court was informed that Crown Counsel Leslie Ann Faulkner, who is prosecuting the Crown’s case against the two men, was before the High Court at the time and was therefore unavailable.

The trial was restarted last month before Magistrate Dr Velon L. John and the two men stand accused of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against the now deceased youth, Brandon George.

George died in a separate and unrelated incident several months after the alleged incident.

Several witnesses have already given testimony, including a police officer, the parents of the deceased and a former classmate of George.

The matter is now expected to resume on April 16, 2014.

See previous story posted February 5, 2014:

Officers’ trial re-commences in Brandon George assault

- Matter adjourned to March 24, 2014

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Aaron Headley, a former classmate and friend of the now deceased Brandon George, testified today, February 5, 2014 that he was at George’s home and witnessed his alleged assault by police officers on June 14, 2012.

Police Officers Wendell Anthony and Marvin Robinson, who have since both been interdicted from duty, pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm as allegedly committed against George, the Virtual Complainant (VC) in the matter.

When the trial was restarted today after previously being aborted, Headley testified that on the day in question, he was escorted by George on a motorcycle to George’s home after purchasing food with another friend earlier.

He further testified that he later saw two police officers, who turned out to be the defendants, in George’s yard near to his motorcycle and went inside to speak with George. 

George emerged from the house and sat on the motorcycle before lifting the seat to retrieve documents for the motorcycle. According to Headley, George then stated, “I don’t gotta worry bout nothing, my thing straight”.

One officer was reportedly trying to hit at a dog in George’s yard to get closer to his motorcycle while another of the two officers headed towards the house.

George then reportedly tried to give one of the officers his documents but this was thrown from his hands to the ground. According to the witness, “Brandon got angry”. Headley next testified that one of the officers asked if George wanted a slap and he replied, “slap who?”.

It was as this point that Headley said one of the officers rushed the VC and hugged him. George then began fighting him off and defending himself, Headley said.

According to Headley, Brandon was getting fists to his head, neck and stomach and was also head butted by a helmeted officer. He said the officers then handcuffed George behind his back and radioed for help.

Before Headley testified, Chief Inspector Frank Devonish had taken the stand and gave details about a report made by George of the alleged assault.

According to the report made, George alleged that Officer Robinson hit him over his right eye which began to swell and hit him with a white police helmet on the right side of his face by his temple where he received a cut and bled profusely from the wound.

He also alleged that Robinson choked him to the point that he couldn’t breathe before Anthony later handcuffed him and escorted him to the vehicle. George said he was taken to the Road Town Police station while still in pain and bleeding and was held up stairs in the Traffic Investigations Department where he was further questioned concerning the bike and licensing plates.

According to the report, George was later treated by a doctor at the hospital and given a prescription for his injuries. He was also charged for reckless driving, driving without driver’s license, resisting arrest, driving an unlicensed vehicle, use of a vehicle when not covered by insurance, driving without identification plates and assault on Police.

Inspector Devonish testified that it was not unlawful for officers to enter someone’s premises (yard) while giving chase of a suspect upon observing a continuing breach of the law and said no warrant was required in this instance.

He also testified that officers would be making a lawful demand in requesting bikes to confirm whether documents were in order. He also testified that verification of the validity of documents could be done through summons of the suspect if the officer was familiar with the suspect.

Devonish testified that he was uncertain whether photos had been taken of George when he was arrested first but noted that this was the normal protocol. He also testified that he did not instruct any photos to be taken of George or of his injuries by a forensic photographer. The matter was referred to another Inspector at the station according to Devonish.

The VC’s father, Dermoth George also testified earlier and stated that he arrived at the home after being made aware of the incident by his wife and came to see his son bleeding from a wound to his head and handcuffed. He testified that he told officer Robinson that he could have reported any infraction committed by his son to him as [Robinson] knew the father personally.

George told the court that he was instructed to go to the station but was unable to see him after waiting for nearly an hour. George said he told officer Robinson that he did not have to take the injuries to that level as he knew him personally.

He testified that earlier, Officer Anthony aka Food was at the door of his home and enquiring about another of Brandon’s friends but he stopped him from going into the home and went in search of the youth himself but came up empty handed. George said he saw his son later in the evening with a number of cuts and bruises about his body.

The VC’s mother also offered testimony earlier as well and among other things, told the court that she had later gone to have Brandon’s name added to the insurance for the motorcycle as she had mistakenly felt he was already covered even though his name was not on the document.

 The matter was adjourned to March 24, 2014.




18 Responses to “UPDATE: Trial delayed for Officers accused of beating youth”

  • vex (05/02/2014, 16:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
  • ccc (05/02/2014, 17:26) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    this is a win win for no one may he RIP
  • paul (05/02/2014, 22:44) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lawd why we do not let the child rip
  • Well Well (06/02/2014, 04:38) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply

    There should never be one who is in 'police custody' to fall foul of, or die as a result of his injuries. Too many men are 'man-handled' with such force that they suffer as a result and die! It is not right!!! But you know...God is watching and he sees all things...vengeance is mine...sayeth the Lord...I will repay! My prayers are for the victims family at this time - to find solace and some kind of peace. For the police officers who are supposed to 'Protect and Serve' own up to your w....g d...g and be free from your g...t...otherwise this will eat at your spirit until the day you die. God have mercy!

  • rip (06/02/2014, 08:38) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply

    Be strong my Boys (Robi and Food). This society never ceaese to amaze me...a Lawless society wants to make Law Enforcement look like a crime...Time will tell.. Tell the mother to hush!!yeah hush i say. The reason for your tears has nothing to do with the officers... NOT ROBI and FOOD!

  • l (06/02/2014, 09:56) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply

    We may never really know what happened that day. The friend who testified, is not a c....le witness.

  • Read read read (06/02/2014, 10:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ Well well@!!! this individual died as a result of a traffic accident involving a scooter. so get your facts straight before you come on here talking nonsense.
  • cc (06/02/2014, 10:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lord, we are loosing our sons one by one. Parents please shield our sons....They are loving children.
  • justice (06/02/2014, 22:40) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    ironic the police tried to take a scooter from the guy cause it unlicensed and uninsured and he try fight off police for it and they defend their self and weeks later he die off a other bike or same bike. HMMMMM GOD WAS SENDING A MESSAGE AND HE AND THE PARENT REFUSE TO SEE THE LIGHT. the same thing these officers trying to enforce and teach about bikes are the same nonsense death happening now for our society lawless self.
    • @ justice (10/02/2014, 14:57) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      You need to learn to speak what you know or at least get your facts straight.. He did not throw the first hand, he was assaulted first. Even when he had his documents they slappin it to the ground, hittin the dog and threatening to slap him... thas what police supposed to be doing? And the day this young man lost his life he was following the rules of the road when he was struck down... he was not doing crap like so many of the other idiots on the road risking their lives. U need to be more sensitive to the people who actually out there trying to be abiding by the law only to be classified with the ones who doin they best to kill themselves. U r not God so don't presume to kno what messages he is sending unless u r actually affected directly in which case i'm 100% positive ur not... ur just another dummy talking out of his a** to feel important
    • Lawyer (10/02/2014, 21:02) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      I think u are not a true minister of justice you are really missing the point you should asks yourself where the try to take the bike the boy was not on the road he already reach home and parked his bike under what authority did they enter his yard and try to take awAy his bike police cannot enter people private yard like that except they are trying to prevent a serious crime they are trying to catch someone who has escape or about to destroy pertinent evidence they are out of order to go into the yard just like that much more to assault him we must not condone this kind of behavior from our law men I recognized that we have serious problems with those scooters but there is a right way to do things why when the police meet someone driving a vehicle that is unlicensed and not insured they don't take the vehicle into custody instead what they do is report the driver and still allow them to drive off with the same unlicensed and uninsured vehicle
    • Hmmm2 (25/03/2014, 17:03) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      They were angels unaware. Best he had stay locked up ,he would be alive now. The death angel called
  • Fools (07/02/2014, 10:45) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply

    U all need to be real they had no right hitting the young man. They're the law a still doing s..t.

  • Justice seeker (07/02/2014, 22:00) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    You r right they have no right entering his yard in the first place much more to assault him in his own property too many police officers don't know their rights. Those two officers are too pumpose feel they can tLk to people as they like do people as they want and put their hands on people like it's their children
  • Poor Mankind (10/02/2014, 14:15) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    We do want justice in this community but we must not take advantage of the children in our community. yes they had all right to address the issue but it was how they handle it they should not have gone to his home and hit his dog and hit him refuse to speak with his mother and not allowed his father to see him. It suprises me how we as a community are so far away from the reality of the world. Do we not have a voice as an individual and rights according to the law if we felt like we are being taking advantage of. why are you people so blinded and so afraid of whats different. This island contradicts there self so much it amazes me when a person does not speak about there children being abused and neglected there parents are neglectful and stupid and here is a mother that felt like her sons was taking advantage of and you all still have something bad to say. People never see the truth when the shoes arent on there feet. I wish we could change as a community come together and fight against whats wrong. But I commend those who have the courage to fight alone.......... Never forget your rigths as people you pay taxes speak up.
  • Gregra (25/03/2014, 16:05) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    So when he struck the officer the officer should take it and say thanks? You must believe that the officer don't come from a woman like he or wha? I do not condone for a second Police brutality but I will not support anyone who believe they can strike an officer and the only recourse he has is to charge them for assault on his person. The minute you form that idea that you're going to beat an Officer as if he is your child you gone, gone, gone partner. Not even my own father will I support with that nonsense. When officers placed these lawless guys under arrest they put up resistance. When to hurt the officer as you spit, kick, and punch him did he really feel it. I guess many will say he deserve it as that is just how some in the society believe it should be. That's why many of them will not become Police because they've learn the age old adage that the Police is the enemy, the dog, the outsider who is here only to make a dollar and that is the only contribution he will ever make to the society. Sad.

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