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UPDATE: VG ‘attempted choker’ granted bail

- warned to avoid any contact with Virtual Complainant
Drew Farrell was warned to avoid contact with the Virtual Complainant when he appeared before the Magistrate's Court on January 15, 2013. Photo:VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Drew Farrell, 29, of Virgin Gorda was issued bail in the sum of $50,000 when an application was made to the High Court on December 17, 2012 in relation to charges of allegedly attempting to choke the mother of his child. Bail was granted with the addition of two sureties.

Additionally, he was warned by Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards yesterday, January 15, 2013 not to interfere with or have any form of contact with the Virtual Complainant (VC). The warning extended to family members of the defendant who may also have made or are inclined to make attempts to contact the VC.

The accused was charged with damaging one blue t-shirt valued at $10, property of the VC as well as allegedly attempting to choke her on October 1, 2012 at Valley, Virgin Gorda.

It was revealed during the Magistrate’s Court hearing yesterday, that the order issued by the High Court did not stipulate any conditions related to contact with the VC. However, Senior Magistrate Richards related that a section of the law was clear in stating that it was an offence for the accused to make contact with the VC and he could be charged for doing so. The Senior Magistrate further related that the prosecution had claimed that paperwork involved in the filing of the defendant’s application indicated that some form of contact was made with the VC.

Senior Crown Counsel Sarah Benjamin, in the absence of the defendant’s attorney, Mr Patrick Thompson, gave notice of the prosecution’s intention of filing an application for the defendant and his family members to avoid contact with the VC and asked the accused to relate this to his attorney. Attorney-at-law Stephen Daniels, who held for Mr Thompson, expressed that there was no prejudice after the intent to file the application was made. The prosecution further related that there appeared to be no additional attempts to contact the VC after the accused was granted bail since he had apparently succeeded in achieving his freedom.

It was anticipated that an additional charge of possession of a firearm would be laid against the defendant but this was not done due to the absence of his attorney, who had a matter before the Court of Appeal at the time of the hearing. Ms Benjamin also related that witnesses in the matter were scheduled to appear in court but this was not done after Mr Thompson had indicated that he would be absent from the proceedings.

The prosecution did not object to an adjournment of the matter given the circumstances. The case will be heard again on February 12, 2013 in the Magistrate’s Court.

See previous story posted December 11, 2012:

Alleged VG 'choker' to be further charged

- Magistrate reluctantly adjourns hearing

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – When Drew Farrell, 29, of Virgin Gorda appeared before the Magistrate’s Court today, December 11, 2012, Senior Crown Counsel Sarah Benjamin related that the prosecution was ready to proceed with the Preliminary Inquiry (PI) in relation to the charges against him but was unable to do so at the time.

Farrell was charged with criminal damage to the property (one blue t-shirt valued at $10) of the Virtual Complainant (VC), as well as attempting to choke the VC on October 1, 2012 at Valley, Virgin Gorda.

Ms Benjamin related that there were three witnesses to be called in the matter but instructions from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) was that she not proceed without the additional charge of possession of a firearm being laid against the defendant.

It was alleged that during the incident, Farrell had brandished a weapon in the presence of the VC, who is also the mother of his child. At least two other witnesses were reportedly present at the time.

Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards expressed that she couldn't understand why the additional charge should prevent the matter from proceeding but agreed to adjourn the hearing to a later date after conferring with the defendant’s attorney Patrick Thompson.

The charge of attempting to choke is an indictable one and would have to be dealt with at the High Court upon the completion of the PI. The defendant was previously refused bail after his application was turned down before the High Court.

The matter will be heard again on January 15, 2013 before the Magistrate’s court.

11 Responses to “UPDATE: VG ‘attempted choker’ granted bail”

  • VG (11/12/2012, 14:22) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
    give the man a break
    • Hope (11/12/2012, 14:49) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      LETS HOPE WHAT HE DID DOES NOT HAPPEN TO YOU OR ANY OF YOUR FAMILY "vg" FOOL
      • she devil (13/12/2012, 09:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        you dont know him so stop hating
      • VD (16/01/2013, 10:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

        "Hope" you is a fool yourself you have no idea what happen and how the story came about and why VG say give the man a break. Nobody is saying what he did or been accussed of is right, but we all deserved a second chance in life. LOVE makes ppl do crazy thing, Plus a certain person has neglected their child and up and down the streets with all kinda of man lying to get him to go prison. I sure bet if it was one of your family member you would of been saying GIVE THE MAN A BREAK!!!!!!

    • Liat 521 (11/12/2012, 16:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Let's all wait and see.
      • vg soulja (11/12/2012, 18:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        ease off hope, the guy expressed his opinion no need for name calling
  • qc (11/12/2012, 17:39) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Da' wha' yu get...

  • she devil (13/12/2012, 09:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    when you help ppl that you say you love and take man on u and shame that what they do i would give her back her child and let me see if she would continue to lie and follow friends then dont worry "fresh" everything safe hold up your head let the bad thing them go free she will get whats hers
  • bat cave (16/01/2013, 15:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    our young men still need lots of help

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