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‘I already did 4 months in lockdown’ – HMP inmate Wakima Lettsome

- tells Magistrate Ayana Baptiste-DaBreo that any further penalty for his alleged assault on a prison officer would be ‘Double Jeopardy’
Wakima Lettsome on a previous court appearance. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Convicted to a term of 20 years in 2013 for the crime of wounding with intent, inmate of Her Majesty’s Prison at Balsum Ghut Wakima Lettsome made an appearance in the Magistrates Court on December 3, 2015 faced with a charge of assaulting a prison officer.

However, during his appearance before Magistrate Ayana Baptiste-DaBreo, Lettsome made the revelation that he already served four months of “lockdown” in solitary confinement for the offence.

“Your Honour I already served four months lockdown for this offence. This would be like double jeopardy,” he said, referring to the situation where a person cannot be punished twice for the same offence.

However, Magistrate DaBreo said that it would be out of her jurisdiction as it is an indictable matter which would have to be heard by the High Court.

He is to return to court on March 4, 2016 for reporting.

Lettsome, 33, had been charged for attempted murder following his alleged stabbing of Rohan Fagen on Sunday February 15, 2015, an incident first and accurately broken by this news site.

According to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) in a press release on February 18, 2015, Lettsome was officially charged with attempted murder,‎ one count of being armed with an offensive weapon and two counts of assault on a Prison Officer.

According to the RVIPF, inquiries revealed that the Prison Officer was on duty making his rounds when the alleged assault occurred.

The Prison Officer, Fagen, was treated at Peebles Hospital for stab wounds following the incident and discharged.

Sources at the prison, with whom this news site spoke, said the Prison Officer was allegedly armed with a knife, which Lettsome reportedly grabbed from him during a struggle and used to stab him.

‎On February 15, 2013 Lettsome was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Justice Albert Redhead. Lettsome was previously found not guilty of attempted murder but guilty on a lesser charge of wounding with intent in November 2012.

9 Responses to “‘I already did 4 months in lockdown’ – HMP inmate Wakima Lettsome ”

  • facts man (07/12/2015, 17:41) Like (2) Dislike (19) Reply
    Free the man he has other issues
  • Sick (07/12/2015, 21:30) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    poor falla
  • wize up (07/12/2015, 22:07) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    home boys sounds like an attorney
  • Blame the system that goes unpunished (08/12/2015, 04:08) Like (8) Dislike (9) Reply
    20 yes. Thats too much. Too hash. We need to try something new something different long prison sentence is not always the answer. We need to look at redemption, retraining and a hard work program. For yrs I've been blogging that anger management should be a mandatory subject in our schools from the 11 yr old in primary school to our 18 yr old in high school. We cant see that 80% of our young people have short fuze. Hot tempered. Its very obvious. Thats the way to save our youths and alloew them yo grow into reasonable and responsible adults.
  • well sa (08/12/2015, 07:18) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    This dude is his own worst enemy.
  • yes we can (08/12/2015, 09:31) Like (3) Dislike (11) Reply
    this child was normal until he went jail!
  • jah (08/12/2015, 18:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    U wanted to be free, you should have think before you act but instead, you did the opposite. Take your lock down like a Man & suck it up!
  • Xxxx (08/12/2015, 23:29) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Even if empty vessels make the most noise, who would have thought the vessel known as Wakima Lettsome would be the catalyst for bringing us all together; even if temporarily.

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