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Vincentian man accused of holding knife to girlfriend’s throat

- granted $60,000 bail
Clifton John being taken away from the Magistrate’s Court on May 28, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A native of St Vincent and the Grenadines, living in North Sound, Virgin Gorda, has been accused of holding a knife to his girlfriend’s throat and threatening her.

Clifton John, 30, appeared before Magistrate Chrislyn Benjamin at the John’s Hole Magistrate’s Court yesterday, May 28, 2019 charged with Threatening Language, Criminal Damage and Assault Causing Actual Bodily Harm.


According to the allegations, on May 24, 2019 the accused was at a bar owned by his girlfriend, who was in the company of another woman. John was reportedly playing dominoes when his girlfriend and the woman went to the female washroom.

When they returned, John allegedly demanded to know what the females were discussing, reportedly telling his girlfriend, “must not tell me no lies or else I will F*** you up.”

At this stage the accused, who is represented by Patrick D. Thompson, allegedly picked up a “big white knife” and held it to his girlfriend’s throat.

The Virtual Complainant (VC) called out for help and the other female tried to intervene but was pushed out of the way. The accused then subsequently threw down a television and speaker, causing them to be damaged.

The VC also reported that a cheque that only John, who worked with the VC for one year, knew about went missing.

John denied all the allegations.

$60,000 bail

The court was told that John is currently employed as a welder with a popular businessman.

After there were no objections to bail, it was set at $60,000, with a one-time surety. The accused is also required to surrender his passport and report to the Virgin Gorda Police Station on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 6:00am and 6:00pm.

He was also instructed not to visit the bar where the incident allegedly occurred.

John is to return to court on July 30, 2019.

26 Responses to “Vincentian man accused of holding knife to girlfriend’s throat”

  • Well Sah (29/05/2019, 07:37) Like (14) Dislike (9) Reply
    The signs (violence, sexual immorality, hurricanes, bush fires, diseases, earthquakes) of the times on display at BVI doorstep. These are indeed the last days ...
    • Yo (29/05/2019, 11:16) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      People go ro " the dark side of this beautiful island st vincent" on the web and you all wilt get a better understanding of what we are dealing with here in tge bvi, but i want to be clear im not saying all stv man is that way but you all need to see the infor.
  • Hey? (29/05/2019, 07:39) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Where he got bail money? No wan go jail but wan kill!
  • Wow (29/05/2019, 07:43) Like (26) Dislike (3) Reply
    Here we go again. We are now living in st Vincent. I don’t blame them because no government doing nothing. Jamaicans kill one woman and immediately them get visa and everything stop , is love the government love the Vincentians why nothing not being done . I’m sick of this.
  • lordy (29/05/2019, 07:49) Like (24) Dislike (4) Reply
    Them let him go to finish her and then drink them favorite drink. Leave Virgin Gorda my girl and find a hiding place. This country belongs to SVG . I wonder when these people in the government going to open their eyes and ears. I guess when the men kill all the ladies in the bvi
  • me again (29/05/2019, 08:02) Like (57) Dislike (3) Reply
    Some thing is WRONG with the Court system ; knife to throat and charges read @ bodily harm?! Is this not ATTEMPTED MURDER ?
    Granted bail ? And when arrested for “ plant material “ bail is denied stating @ flight risk ?
    Whuch is the greater of the two evils here ??

    I DO NOT understand the Fairness/Unfairness of the system
  • ABC (29/05/2019, 08:04) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply
    Deport them
  • Too much lawlessness (29/05/2019, 08:13) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    That type of behaviour is really sickening. I hope while he is out on bail, he keeps himself in order.

    More spontaneous deportations are required by law, according to the type of offence, e.g. Criminal Damage and Assault Causing Actual Bodily Harm should be an instant example for deportation. The Authorities should not have to wait for a life to be taken, nip it in the bud. Work on it at the first sign of lawlessness. Criminal offenders who are not from BVI need to be deported as soon as they commit these acts!
  • WOWW (29/05/2019, 08:27) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    St Vincent coming to the bvi with them killing sports
  • Dj kale (29/05/2019, 08:34) Like (3) Dislike (29) Reply
    On on other one we vince we best yea you can’t stop us yea
    • To: Lawless Ones (29/05/2019, 15:16) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      You need to send a message to your Vincy people to say leave their criminal behaviour in St. Vincent. Saying "you can't stop us" is not good for you in another's country, say that in St. Vincent.
  • Mr. Hodge (29/05/2019, 08:39) Like (30) Dislike (3) Reply
    I wonder if he and many others like him have applications pending for belonger status? I don’t discriminate on any of my Caribbean brothers and sisters but you can’t be doing this and expect that we would/should turn a blind eye or deaf ear when you are showing us who you really are. Each application MUST be processed with the utmost scrutiny and not just spread a canopy of acceptance for the whosoever. Please pay attention Mr. Premier. Reconsider your “clear path to rugularization”
    • can you read (29/05/2019, 15:18) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
      If he had an application in, which is doubtful, he will not be successful. The premier has stated up, down and sideways that a CLEAN POLICE RECORD is required to get status here.
      • Mr. Hodge (30/05/2019, 10:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ Can you read... can YOU comprehend??? How many situations like have occurred and there are no police records? How many women are in abusive relationships and they are in silence? How many unsolved crimes do we have? The fact they have remained unsolved means they don’t know who committed the crime, hence no prosecution or record. People who write character references are chosen by the individual correct? Investigations need to be made with fellow Co-workers, neighbors, etc. ANYONE who may have deeper knowledge of who an individual is. A police record and 2 character references are not sufficient for regularization status.
    • SMH (29/05/2019, 15:20) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      It is not a canopy, but I agree that these kinds of offences need immediate deportation, regardless of application. He should not have received bail - Balsum Ghut or deported to St. Vincent
  • wize up (29/05/2019, 08:49) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    man goes directly to jail for weed: a lady just lost her life, allegedly by the very person that she had a restraining order again: while on bail what prevents the accused from being a danger to the victim: the man displayed violence in a public place and walking free: if he was from road town there would have been no bail based on the seriousness of the complaint....let the blogs flow!!
    • SMH (29/05/2019, 17:20) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Totally agree!!!! The System is a Mess...youths getting locked up for a few grams of marijuana for their personal use, but attempted Murders, and Menaces to Society gets Bail...this is not sending a good outlook to the World at all.
  • Another Vincy (29/05/2019, 08:51) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    Yet another Vincy reigning terror over our Virgin Islands! At this point y’all St. Vincent government needs to pay for your accommodation at HMP followed by an immediate deportation after release! Coming to our country doing a bunch of nonsense! Stricter regulations in letting these savages in! Premier your first interest is the natives of these lands! No amnesty! Get these bad seeds out! We have enough problems with our own daughters and sons of the soil. We don’t need these people customs in our community on top of that!
  • Charges (29/05/2019, 08:53) Like (30) Dislike (1) Reply
    How is this man not charged with attempted murder? Knife to the throat you know! That’s real serious! Please VIP deport the bad seeds of St. Vincent both men and women. We don’t need it here in BVI
  • West side (29/05/2019, 09:47) Like (33) Dislike (1) Reply
    Fahie trying his best to help these island people but they making hard for him
  • spider (29/05/2019, 10:45) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hmmn.. this is sickening .. the BVI is over run with vincy men and all fairness not all are bad for every country have good and bad but those bad seeds are making it bad for the ones that are good... I am convinced that the BVI is the land of plenty..something need to be done with these machete loving people ..these men are bringing their nasty ways to other people’s country instead of staying in their own country with it.. Premier and Hon. V. Wheatley please wake up and do something!!!we already have our own bad eggs we don’t need another country’s own..once convicted deport them for good never letting them set foot on BVI soil ever again.. let them serve their time in their own country.. the Govt should consider them getting visas to come here..
  • Columbo (29/05/2019, 10:58) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only what charges the police department files will be presented before the magistrate by the DPP. VG Station have a set of police from SVG//// go figure
  • Wow (29/05/2019, 11:27) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not good at all. These guys are giving their country a really bad name. Imprison and then deport all of the bad eggs, simply a disgrace.
  • Vg man (29/05/2019, 11:55) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vg police station needs to be investigated to much corruption going on, they only got eyes for local people especially quacy
  • Dr Fill (29/05/2019, 13:00) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    some men on the island lives off women so when the woman calls it quit it usually ends in criminal conduct. If I cant have you no one else will.

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