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Convicted murderers Devin Maduro & DeShawn Stoutt to know parole fate in Feb 2016

- Justice Vicki Ann Ellis to hand down her decision on how long the convicted ‘lifers’ must wait for a parole hearing come February 5, 2016
DeShawn Stoutt and Devin Maduro as they leave the High Court today December 11, 2015. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola VI – Two convicted prisoners are due next February (2016) to hear their fate as to when they will be eligible for parole as the Defence and Prosecution traded points while arguing about the number of years that must be served before one becomes eligible for the chance of being let out early.

The two convicted men are Devin Maduro and DeShawn Stoutt, both of whom are serving life sentences at Her Majesty’s Prison at Balsam Ghut on the Virgin Islands’ main island of Tortola. They appeared in the High Court today December 11, 2015.

Maduro was sentenced to life imprisonment for the July 23, 2004 murder of Anderson Paul and Stoutt was sentenced to life imprisonment for the January 25, 2007 murder of Godwin Cato.

Stoutt was sentenced in 2009 and Maduro in 2007.

Representing the Crown, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Wayne Rajbansie said the Crown recommends between 30 and 35 years minimum waiting period for Maduro and between 25 and 30 years for Stoutt.

He told Justice Vicki Ann Ellis that she should distance herself from any proposal to allow a first opportunity at a parole hearing after 12 to 15 years, noting that the VI should be emulating the British system.

Justifying his position, Rajbansie said that the two murders are not equal and noted that they should attract different times for first appearance for parole review.

Rajbansie slapped down the attempt by defence attorney Patrick Thompson, who used the argument that Maduro’s actions could be considered youthful folly. Rajbansie said that such a justification makes a mockery of the judicial systems set up to deal with youth or juvenile offenders, who are not as old as 25 years, the age Maduro was at the time of committing the offences.

The DPP said that from all indications Maduro has not taken any responsibility for the murder of Anderson Paul. He said this was the same with Stoutt with regard to the murder of Cato.

“Generally remorse calls for the applicants to accept that they are the ones responsible [for the deaths],” he said.

Rajbanse argued that catharsis is necessary for the two offenders and that time already served must be taken into consideration.

Justice Ellis is to consider all of the arguments and return on February 5, 2016 with her decision on the time to be served before either man could be eligible for a chance of parole.

The two convicted murderers were also represented by attorney at law Leroy Jones.

37 Responses to “Convicted murderers Devin Maduro & DeShawn Stoutt to know parole fate in Feb 2016”

  • Ho Ho (11/12/2015, 17:24) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
    I only hope the families of these two murder victims were taken into consideration .
    • @ Ho Ho (11/12/2015, 19:50) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      say again?
    • Sure! (12/12/2015, 08:33) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      Oh yea, they same way the murderers took the man they killed family into consideration.
      • Lily Ann (12/12/2015, 14:43) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
        The person means that the Murder's might come after the Families ... hence the court need to turn down the parole
  • foxy (11/12/2015, 17:25) Like (5) Dislike (28) Reply
    Let my people go
  • SOP (11/12/2015, 17:49) Like (22) Dislike (14) Reply
    See how they are fighting for a chance to live in society when they took the lives of others. I trust the judge sees it fit to let them stay just where they are for LIFE
    • bigga (12/12/2015, 20:52) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
      • smfh (14/12/2015, 09:43) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
        So bigga if somebody kill your family say for eg your child if you have one, got a life sentence then next thing you hear they may be up for parole, you're saying you would have absolutely no problem with the killer getting out on parole and integrated back in to society? You're saying that you could sleep comfortably at night knowing that person back on the streets? You're saying you could see them out in public maybe stand in the cashier's line at the supermarket with them & feel nothing? From your response alone one or both of these guys are friend or family to you & with that in mind you don't give a F about the families who they both through misery to this day.
  • 2% (11/12/2015, 18:17) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Murderers come in all forms. Some are deliberate provokers and I learnt that the best way to deal with provokers is to laugh on my inside when I see them coming and that gets the demons in them real pissed. The provokers have failed to do the job that they were tasked with and so their possessors get real angry.
  • BuzzBvi (11/12/2015, 20:03) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    These are good convictions from guys who are guilty as sin,
  • BuzzBvi (11/12/2015, 20:34) Like (9) Dislike (16) Reply
    If ahyo ain'thave anything better to say don't say anything, because i know both these guys, but I had dealing with the maduro guy. that dude is the most friendliest, kind I ever meet, I worked with him and other stuff so if he did something wrong is because u did something to him
    • Annamae (12/12/2015, 10:01) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      So a sleeping child did something to him and caused him to stab him to death, is what you're saying? You need to stop it!
      • idk (13/12/2015, 15:34) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
        @Annamae I guess you were there to know what happen, how do you know that he was sleeping, how do you know that he was asleep? I read had the opportunity to read the case files, DNA testing prove that guy didn't do anything to the child. And if DNA can prove that and man is guilty why set him free because DNA prove it wasn't a match to the victim
  • hello (11/12/2015, 20:36) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
    Guilty as sin you said BUZZBVI I guess u don't do any kind of wrong, everybody needs a second chance don't knock somebody when they r down help them to get up and dod better
  • wize up (11/12/2015, 20:51) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    WOW; parole after taking someone's wonder the young generation have crime to be a joke...crime and punishment goes hand in hand: we are simply inviting persons to commit crimes because within a few months under this parole system the convicts are back on the street.... just a question ( what happens while on parole these guys commit another crime)....heaven help us all????
    • What to expect (12/12/2015, 05:38) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Heaven can help u ! Dummy. Parole Don t mean you're going to parole, when the parole interview u and ask u whatever, and they don't feel u should be let out, you ain't going to be let out. Everybody think parole is a bad thing.
      • wize up (12/12/2015, 12:25) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
        @ what to expect: just a question (can we deport U) long enough you will become a victim of crime and i trust you will be happy with the parole system then( you sick !uck)
        • What to ezpect (12/12/2015, 13:26) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
          @wise up anybody can commit a crime even murder and even you.. The way you have spoken it seems to me that your are a sadistic person, always thinking and saying negative things, why don't you put your real name and a photo of yourself so people can see what a a@# looks like
  • Food for thought (12/12/2015, 05:33) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    The bible said not to kill in. Exodus and turns around and tell you to kill in other parts of the bible so tell me who am I to judge these guys and comment negetive things about them, we all are sinners and we expect to learn from them. If it was you what you have done or want the courts to do?
  • Observer (12/12/2015, 08:18) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Lets be realistic we all of one point in time thought about doing someone wrong in the heat of rage ,people make mistakes ,we react without thinking which sometime cause death of others , I'm not saying that they were right in their actions ,we are not all the same when it come to self control. These death took place in argument and fight and to take someone life is not and easy thing to live with ,you are stain for life in society. Six and Seven years in prison without any trouble speaks a lot they are being reform, what's the sense of prison if its not to reform . they deserve be given a second chance to seek a parole hearing .We are quick to condemn that's God's job not the prosecutors.Thank god hanging is done away with ,he might have already hang them just for bein b..........
  • Really? (12/12/2015, 08:43) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
    Didn't Devin escape prison at one point??? How wasn't his parole revoked or even granted to begin with. The details of his crime in particular is hair raising.
  • too u really (12/12/2015, 09:56) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I guess reading and comprehension wasn't you r strong point in school. If u can read at all, its says they had a hearing as to when they can be paroled. Let me say this they were sentence before there was even a parole law so now they are asking to be sentence under the parole act. And even if he did escape from prison, it has nothing to do with what is going on now because he would have been sentence for that already jackdonkey
    • HAHA (12/12/2015, 21:22) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      U sound like you want him get out. Now that I comprehend....why is he even being "heard"??? He is scum. Point blank.
      • to you HAHA (14/12/2015, 07:19) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
        Do u know what a scumbag is? They are your parents and you, everybody is so quick to condem people, so if some body steal a bottle water u must lock them up 4ever. All I simply saying is one thing don't have anything to do with the other. They are there to be sentence for a certain crime not what happen before they were locked up before or what you think might happen.
  • What to expect (12/12/2015, 13:32) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    @ wise up you asking like you're from the bvi when you ain't . thing that bothers me is people like you that hide behind these blogs and say all kind of stuff that you don't know and make comments from in accurate reports. If this country is to move forward you should stop thinking in the past. Speak on issues that affects u like the NHI that you're going to have to pay for and still pay for when you go to the hospital and Lime who's charging you a arm and a leg for services you don't have.
    • wize up (13/12/2015, 04:14) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ what to expect: I did submit contact info but it was not posted , just wanted to see what lever of power you have other than talk,your social issues have nothing to do with me simply sit and have a chat with your political leaders then chat with the white folks who have made you a second class citzen in your territory..let me inform you, I not difficult to find(what your dumb !uck)
      • What to expect (13/12/2015, 15:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @wize up: there you go Blaming the white people, its not my fault that you don't know who you are, I'm good with myself I guess u aint
        • wize up (13/12/2015, 17:15) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
          @ what to expect: stop the talk come look for me( please I am challenging you...come look for me face to face!!!)....don't be shy??
          • What to expect (14/12/2015, 07:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            @wize up anytime its you that being shy not me. All you want to do is talk. And since you want to talk crap go look for these guys u talking smack about to and tell them to there face to I DEAR YOU!!!
            • wize up (14/12/2015, 10:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
              @ what to expect: I am sincerly apologizing to for my level of stupidity and i hope you can find it in your heart to forgive my ignorance !!!!
              • What to expect (15/12/2015, 14:01) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
                @wize up: listen I'm not here to fight you or anything like that, and there is nothing to apologize for because people are just people, they are emotional creatures and you came change tha, we just have to work witht them and try to change there way of thinking. So do try to put them down give them a chance to see if they have changed. I'm sorry but you can not bring back the dead yes they were wrong, but keeping somebody locked up for the rest of there lives ain't going to make you feel better or heal your bitter heart, but if it does make you feel better you're NO better they they r !
  • family (12/12/2015, 22:33) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    They need to stay right where they are for at least the next 20 years. They need to truly. experience that sense of longing that the families of their victims will forever feel.
  • Well Sah (12/12/2015, 23:24) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ok point blank. ...everyone deserve a second chance....yes but I think its to early to parole them..after..25yrs then we will see.....murder when intentional shouldn't be taken lighty
  • yellow (13/12/2015, 13:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Too much HYPOCRISY in the bvi
    • caneil (23/05/2016, 01:20) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      I am stunned both Devin and I grew up at a Boys home in Jamaica we also went to High School there also. i have always wanted to reconnect with him and this what greets me.

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