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Another court blow to CoP Collins as Ex Deputy CoP James' ammo charges squashed!

- Mark Collins made a charge against James of illegal possession of ammunition
Former Deputy Commissioner of Police Alwin James has seen the charge of illegal possession of ammunition thrown out in the Magistrate's Court. Photo: VINO/File
Commissioner of Police Mark Collins was deemed to have abused his power when he obtained a warrant and had his former Deputy Commissioner of Police Alwin James arrested and charged for illegal possession of ammunition. Photo: GIS/File
Commissioner of Police Mark Collins was deemed to have abused his power when he obtained a warrant and had his former Deputy Commissioner of Police Alwin James arrested and charged for illegal possession of ammunition. Photo: GIS/File
Former Deputy Commissioner of Police Alwin James had his plans to move to Dominica after his retirement soured by the charges brought against him by Commissioner of Police Mark Collins. Photo: Pinterest
Former Deputy Commissioner of Police Alwin James had his plans to move to Dominica after his retirement soured by the charges brought against him by Commissioner of Police Mark Collins. Photo: Pinterest
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Police Commissioner Mark Collins, who is currently under investigation over some 55 charges brought against him by his own police officers, and now has a reputation for injustice, no respect for the rule of law and allegedly spearheading a target list of Virgin Islanders to arrest and damage their characters, including fellow police officers who signed the petition against him and members of the media, is at it again.

It was last year that Mr Collins went after his own Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCoP) Alwin James, even before he retired. Mr Collins charged former Deputy Commissioner James with illegal possession of ammunition.

It all started in February of 2023 when there was some leftover ammunition, which the British military brought in during the Hurricanes of 2017.  

Ex-Deputy CoP James followed the rules

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) was to destroy the additional ammunition; however, Mr James requested to have the ammunition.

Mr James, who was still DCoP at the time, was planning to move to Dominica where he possessed a firearm and ammunition license.

It was agreed to give Mr James about fifty rounds of the ammunition to take overseas and he made arrangements with a police Sergeant to get them to Dominica on a flight that he was taking a few days later.

He made the correct arrangements with the airline to move the ammunition by securing all the paperwork and the airline agreed to take them on the flight. On the departure date; however, the airport security became a little doubtful so Mr James advised that the ammunition be removed from his possession and be held by the police force because of the new airline development. He was told by a Sergeant Gumbs he could hold the ammunition until the next day when another flight was to take off.

Despite all this, Commissioner Collins obtained a warrant from a magistrate and charged Mr James with illegal possession of ammunition and had a summons issued.

Abuse of power by Collins yet again

On Tuesday, April 23, 2024, the court via senior Magistrate Tamia N. Richards tossed out the charges, labeling them as an abuse of power by Commissioner Collins.

Via his high-powered Attorney Terrence F. Williams of Chase Law, it was argued that the action against former DCoP James was an abuse of process and the CoP had failed in his duty when seeking the warrant.

Magistrate Richards agreed and was even shocked that a warrant was issued and ruled that no further action on this matter should proceed once the facts were known to her and she was alarmed by the abuse of the process, integrity and action from Mr Collins.

She ruled that the matter must be ended, with much embarrassment to Mr Collins who is still on his job- in contravention of policy- while he is under active investigation.

Last year, Opposition Member Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) called for the police force under Mr Collins to be investigated via an independent body. Minister for Communications and Works Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) has also raised concerns about what is happening at the police force under Collins from all the complaints levelled against him.

29 Responses to “Another court blow to CoP Collins as Ex Deputy CoP James' ammo charges squashed!”

  • pat (26/04/2024, 11:16) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    The bvi going to hell at all levels
  • Maria Louisa Varlack (26/04/2024, 11:17) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
    what kind of fraud is going in the british virgin islands? what is going in in marina cay in the british virgin islands? what is going on in scrub island in the british virgin islands? how did the british virgin islands end with with some much drugs and guns and crime and violence in the british/uk territory? what has gone wrong in buckingham palace and in the uk prime minister office and in the uk parliiament building? i thought that the territory of the british virgin islands had a peaceful reputation with the united kingdom (england scotland wales and ireland). i thought the uk government was running the british virgin islands in a peaceful manner. i thought the british virgin islands legislative council building chambers and the british virgi islands legilslature council members was running a peaceful territory for over 56 years. what is going on in the british virgin islands legislative council chambers building and in the british virgin islands government house for over 56 years now?
  • Interesting (26/04/2024, 11:25) Like (8) Dislike (21) Reply
    On one hand we call out the COP for destroying evidence but when somebody is in possession of ammunition without a license it’s an abuse of power for officers to act.
    • @Interesting (26/04/2024, 11:58) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
      Read to understand. No where did it say that he did not have a license.
    • @Interesting (26/04/2024, 13:40) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      What I find interesting is that you are still suffering from that fall at birth.
  • Rubber Duck (26/04/2024, 11:30) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    Please don't blame the dpp it's Collins who was behind this. Vino I warn you they coming for you soon
    • @ rubber duck human trafficking (26/04/2024, 11:41) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      They came already
    • BlameGame (26/04/2024, 11:47) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
      When a charge is laid by the police, it's sent to the DPP, who then determines whether it moves forward or not.
    • Real Deal (26/04/2024, 22:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      all ah dem doing the same none better than none
  • asking for a friend (26/04/2024, 11:32) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    So this new governor going set there and allow Mark to mass up the place?
    • @ asking for a friend (28/04/2024, 08:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Of course he is they are both white only blacks are corrupt where have you been?
  • smh (26/04/2024, 11:40) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    I must say Tamia you have stand for justice in this situation. Nevertheless you have fail so many knowingly of the abuse mark collin have done from his first day in office.
    My suggestion will be to caution you team against mark Collins and his UK so call police officers. I thank you for finally standing up and I hope the others in position will follow
  • vex (26/04/2024, 12:02) Like (1) Dislike (22) Reply
    Free the drew
  • Guest (26/04/2024, 12:48) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    Finally Ms Richards up hold her oath
  • The Law (26/04/2024, 14:21) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    BVI LANDERS,are taking COP Mark Collins,as a joke?? The former DCP, did NOT commit a criminal offence, but the COP charged the former DCP for unlawful possession of ammunition?? After the former DCP, instruct that, the ammo be kept in the police armory with the police armorer??!! The armourer was not charged jointly with the former DCP, with a conspiracy to possession ammo, but the COP, just charge the former DCP??!!
    BVI LANDERS:"The COI is back"!!
  • Curious (26/04/2024, 14:31) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    Why you all people blaming the commissioner. The DPP is the one advise to charge. That’s her job. It’s not Collins job to charge anyone. Truth be told anyone can see through this drama.
  • Brian Fox (26/04/2024, 15:35) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    Collins, just like his predecessor Mathews is a crook. Pay for my injuries and stolen property and the repeat hacking of my bank accounts and theft of printed bank statements while in the BVI your F---- piece of crap.
  • WOW (26/04/2024, 15:41) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    Is truly all I can say. However, this is only proving that the COP truly was out to cast doubt on certain individual character. Wow! He tried to make these individuals look bad in the public eye but the truth came out.

    You see this is why when certain people get charge or have their name in a negative way all over the street ESPECIALLY if it's a court matter. Do not be quick to judge and let the truth speak for itself
  • BVI not looking good (26/04/2024, 15:46) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Our justice system is not looking impressive at all. Too many errors by persons who should know how to dot the eye and cross the tea
  • vodka collins (26/04/2024, 15:50) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    He would function on a higher plane if he were drunk. He's a snotbag limey pos.
  • Really? (26/04/2024, 16:19) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    We all know for a fact there are dirt cops, if there is just one that is one too many. The brotherhood needs to be penetrated and destroyed. Some of them have retired and gone on to start businesses in their private life acting life they are holier than thou. Meanwhile they have lost evidence, lied on reports, threatened witnesses, taken money to under the table to look the other way and a whole set of things that officers in other parts of the world would be jailed and stripped for. Many officers still remain in the force turning a blind eye when they blatantly see their mates breaking the law, only for them them to knock back shots at happy hour like they had an honest week at work. Some of the officers that can help the commissioner clean up the force and give us a force we can respect will NEVER do it, because they are afraid of being outcasted by the brotherhood.
    • @ Really? (26/04/2024, 20:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Don’t forget they don’t execute some warrants because of who they know, alert people of warrants being issued before they reach and threaten other officers to leave certain cases alone.
  • Eyes Wide Open (26/04/2024, 18:34) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Where are the march against this commissioner of police? But all you hear day in day out from crazy Cindy and others is that the VIP is bad and Collins is good

    Set of brain washed monkeys
  • Rhodesia/ south africa (26/04/2024, 20:17) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    racism in and about BVI

    how did the police ran into the sea water in Road Town/ was it suicide or what

    come to me only black peoples commits crime

    some could stay up in the villas playing with power and nothing happens
    • Anonymous (19/05/2024, 18:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      He knew too much, don't disrespect the ones who passed and tooK the wrath of M.COLLINS
  • …………………………. (27/04/2024, 07:46) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Thanks for the facts on this matter vino

    The police force has gone back 10 years under Mark Collins
  • Fed-Up (28/04/2024, 10:19) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    He should have declared this through Customs knowing that he was intended to depart the country with such. Point of view that's smuggling. No one is aboved the law. Declaration works by Enter/Exit
    • at fed up (29/04/2024, 19:38) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      you darm fool full..
      read the news.
      the dcp declared the ammo,but the flight cancell so he returned it to the police armory..
      read dee darm newz..
  • Anonymous (19/05/2024, 18:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Does no one have an opinion on pc paul france? I see a cover up of a man who knew too much

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