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$1K fine for curfew breach ‘is not such a deterrent to me’- Damion C. Grange

- said he ‘got scared’ when looting was taking place following Hurricane Irma
Co-host of Talking Points Damian C. Grange, left, believes the fine for curfew breach should be increased to discourage opportunities for looting after a major hurricane. Photo: Facebook/File
Co-host of Talking Points Damian C. Grange, left, stated on Talking Points on June 12, 2023, he was scared during the lootings after Hurricane Irma. Photo: Facebook/File
Co-host of Talking Points Damian C. Grange, left, stated on Talking Points on June 12, 2023, he was scared during the lootings after Hurricane Irma. Photo: Facebook/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands Curfew Act, 2017 now gives the Police the power to arrest persons on the spot and charge them when in breach of the Act; however, the fine enshrined in law is not seen as a deterrent by everyone.

Co-host of Talking Points Damian C. Grange believes the fine should be increased to discourage opportunities for looting after a major hurricane.

Section 7 (1) of the Virgin Islands Curfew Act, 2017 states: “(1) Subject to subsection (2), a person who contravenes section 4 commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000 dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or both.”

Section 4 states that where a curfew is imposed under section 3 (1), no person shall be on the streets between such hours as may be specified in the Order except under the authority of a written permit granted by the Governor as may be specified in the Order.

‘After Irma I got scared when I saw all the looting’- Grange

“A thousand dollars is not such a deterrent to me,” Mr Grange stated on the Talking Points show on ZBVI 780 AM on Monday, June 12, 2023.

Mr Grange said after the looting following Hurricane Irma in September 2017, a heavier fine is needed to prevent a recurrence.

“After Irma I got scared when I saw all the looting happening. I felt like, ok, what is going on? And I figured like, ok, a strict curfew order would obviously help to prevent something of that nature. That’s why I am thinking it should be a heavier penalty.

Co-host Mr Elvin Grant said the appeal to do the right thing should be compelling.

“We will get there,” co-host Violet Gaul added.

25 Responses to “$1K fine for curfew breach ‘is not such a deterrent to me’- Damion C. Grange”

  • action (15/06/2023, 09:39) Like (17) Dislike (26) Reply

    I saw people looting and I became so frightened, it sounds feminine Ms Moderator. What really scares me is females with facial hair. One time it was a disgrace for a yardie to be ba***. These days well!!!!

  • Fire pon rome (15/06/2023, 10:02) Like (27) Dislike (7) Reply
    Scared? Its Jamaica you from, who you think you are fooling. No disrespect to yard still.
  • Local (15/06/2023, 10:19) Like (37) Dislike (9) Reply

    Why these people even have a platform to begin with? You think I could go Jamaica and have radio programme telling them what they need to do? 

    • Irie Ef Em (15/06/2023, 12:18) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Once you pay for air time on a radio station you can have a program lol
    • @local (15/06/2023, 15:27) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Thank you Local. Its an agenda this young man is driving. Wait and see , it's unfolding more and more.....
      • @@local (16/06/2023, 11:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Coming from another local, dude have some type of agenda.I’m the type of person that don’t say a word, I sit back quietly and JUST WATCH, you sit back and just watch and you will soon see what’s really good.
  • Theft is a crime (15/06/2023, 10:25) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    If people loot that in itself is a crime, and it was still being done in the hours curfew was lifted. But I hate this mentality of encouraging govt. to take away the people's freedom EVERY TIME THERE IS A CRISIS. Same thing happen with those covid vaxx. Encourage greater penalty on those child sexual abusers or those who get bail after being charged with attempting to shoot and those charged with murder.
  • Hmm (15/06/2023, 10:38) Like (5) Dislike (18) Reply
    If persons were looting foodstuff they should have just be left alone. another thing is if a building roof is gone and the people take the stuff I don't see anything wrong with that especially if the owner is not interested in getting the stuff. what will you do leave it to spoil? what is wrong is if the looters damage a property to loot if that property was not damaged during the hurricane.
  • @hmmm (15/06/2023, 11:12) Like (8) Dislike (14) Reply
    If your roof comes off, I'm looting your house. It's mine.
    • @@hmmm (15/06/2023, 11:40) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
      as I said.. if you read again. "if the owner is not interest in getting the stuff" and I was referring to businesses not private property also yes they did loot my house (stove, TV, electrical appliances and kitchen items looted) but I had nowhere to put my stuff as I had nowhere to live so I couldn't make noise, the stuff was in my apartment without a roof in the rain and sun so its better someone make use of them before they stay there and get more damaged.
  • Wrong fear (15/06/2023, 11:55) Like (34) Dislike (1) Reply
    Interesting how we fear MAN but not GOD. Anti-Christ.
  • jokes (15/06/2023, 12:49) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    No laws are ever actually enforced here so what difference does it make what the penalty is.
  • Looting (15/06/2023, 13:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    decreases commercial and private property values. Areas of Tortola that experienced looting after Irma lost their tenants; e.g Purcell. Many tenants re-located to other areas of Tortola where there was no looting; Fish Bay.
  • police (15/06/2023, 14:27) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    We were the biggest looters
  • Jones (15/06/2023, 15:16) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why were people never prosecuted for looting? It's an open invitation to happen again
    • @Jones (16/06/2023, 11:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      And guess what, when the next hurricane blow through the looters is going to pick up from where they left off because they got a pass and invite to do it again. Just like I am preparing for hurricane season, I am preparing how to do some serious damage to looters. My furniture and household appliances down to my towels is sitting in someone’s house in JAMAICA AND SANTO DOMINGO. NOT THIS TIME AROUND. I CATCH YOU LOOTING MY HOME, I’M …………….,FIRST AND THEN ASK QUESTIONS AFTER. NO EXCEPTIONS!!.
  • herbs power (15/06/2023, 17:37) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Most important, yall forgot it had another category 5 hurricane on the way to the BVI. how else would the people survive?
    #1 houses mash up
    #2 no light or water
    #3 businesses closed
    #4 another C5 was coming
    = to loot to survive
  • My only comment (15/06/2023, 17:39) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Enforcing laws in the BVI appears to be a joke and not taken seriously so why talk about it. People just do whatever the hell they want like it is normal.
  • Looter (15/06/2023, 17:53) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Grange watch what you’re saying , you’re not from around here!!!!?
  • musa (16/06/2023, 11:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    With all this experience some of us will get arrested next time
  • Looter (16/06/2023, 18:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    who loot the cookie jar

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