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Virgin Islander escapes prison time for hitting man in face

Griffin has to stay out of trouble for the next 12 months.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Vincent Griffin, who hit a man in the face for allegedly setting him up to be robbed, escaped prison time because the Virtual Complainant (VC) was too drunk to appear in court this morning, Monday October 31, 2011 in the Magistrate’s Court.

Griffin, a Virgin Islander, had pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was bound over to keep the peace for 12 months, and if he fails to comply with the court’s instruction he will be fined $500 or spend three months in prison.

According to the prosecution, he and Fitzroy Barnes, the VC, were at Warner’s Bar, Purcell Estate on September 10, 2011 around 10:30 a.m., and eventually Barnes left to go to another bar.

However, the court heard that the defendant followed Barnes accusing him of trying to set him up to be robbed. To this end, Griffin, using his fists, began to hit the VC in his face.

Crown Counsel Hebert Potter disclosed that the VC then went to his stepfather’s home a few minutes away but returned to the bar because he had left something. And again he was attacked by Griffin.

A report was made to the Police and the VC was found on a couch at his step-father’s bleeding from the mouth and left eye swollen. He was taken to Peebles Hospital for observation and discharged the following day.

As for Griffin, 37, he was arrested and cautioned, according to the Crown Counsel, and placed on Police bail.

Before handing down her sentence, Senior Magistrate Valerie Stephens wanted to speak with Barnes, who was in the court’s compound, but he could not make an appearance because he was inebriated.

4 Responses to “Virgin Islander escapes prison time for hitting man in face”

  • Wow (31/10/2011, 14:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The VC showed up to court drunk? Disgusting.
    • Man on the Ground (31/10/2011, 18:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Why don't you people read. The story never said the virtual complainant showed up in court drunk, it says he was too drunk to attend court.
    • billyb (31/10/2011, 18:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Can't you read??? Who is this??? VIP Loyalist??? The article said he did not show up in court at all.
      • Sandy (01/11/2011, 08:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You all busy correcting him you all can't read and understand, He did show up to court but he was drunk..... If you read the last sentence and I quote (who was in the court’s compound, but he could not make an appearance because he was inebriated.) They would have never permitted him to speak to the Magistrate drunk

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