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Kittitian Andreas Norford gets 30 years in prison for C. Melbourne Francis murder

- eligible for parole after 18 years
St Kitts national Andreas Norford (in photo), who was convicted on November 30, 2021, of the murder of Cornel Melbourne Francis aka ‘Trouble’, has been sentenced to 37 years imprisonment; however, after considering time served High Court Judge Richard G. Floyd reduced the sentence to 30 years, 6 months. Photo: VINO/File
Cornel Melbourne Francis was murdered on May 9, 2013 in Long Look, East End. Photo: Provided
Cornel Melbourne Francis was murdered on May 9, 2013 in Long Look, East End. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- St Kitts national Andreas Norford, who was convicted on November 30, 2021, of the murder of Cornel Melbourne Francis aka ‘Trouble’, has been sentenced to 37 years imprisonment; however, after considering time served High Court Judge Richard G. Floyd reduced the sentence to 30 years, 6 months.

The sentencing was handed down on May 27, 2022, and published on the website of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court website on June 20, 2022.

Francis was gunned down at the Stickett in Long Look, Tortola, on May 9, 2013.

According to court records, a Social Inquiry Report and a Victim Impact Statement were sought by counsel for the defendant and counsel for the Crown respectively; however, owing to a delay in the filing of court orders for the production of that material, sentencing was adjourned from time to time.

Eventually, the Social Inquiry Report was obtained and filed on May 10, 2022, and a revised Social Inquiry Report and a Victim Impact Statement were filed on May 12, 2022. Oral submissions were received on May 13, 2022.

Troubled youth to murderer

The Social Inquiry Report described Norford as a 30-year-old man born in St Kitts on September 2, 1991. His home life, according to the report, was characterised by physical and verbal abuse, including corporal punishment, directed by his father towards his mother, himself and his siblings.

The report stated that Norford was an exceptional athlete who played football for the national teams of both St Kitts and the Territory of the Virgin Islands. He was; however, expelled from high school for fighting and negative peer associations.

Although involved in the Methodist church in his youth, the defendant has embraced and now follows the Rastafari faith.

The report said the defendant denied responsibility for this offense.

The defendant also had a criminal record with convictions in 2010 –2011 for handling stolen goods, being armed with an offensive weapon and two counts of burglary. His sentences included custodial dispositions.

Additionally, Norford had escaped Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) following Hurricane Irma in September 2017 and escaped to St Kitts and Nevis. He was later extradited to the Virgin Islands.

The report contained information from prison officials who described the defendant as a very disrespectful and difficult prisoner, who was often ill-tempered and aggressive. It was noted that the defendant generated fifteen behaviour infractions from 2012 to 2021. He was involved in fights, including one that resulted in the death of another inmate and generated criminal charges against the defendant.

In 2022, according to court records, a bladed weapon was found during a search of the defendant’s cell. The court also heard that Mr Norford had not taken part in any prison work, counselling or educational programmes. As a result of his behaviour, he was housed in either the maximum-security unit or in segregation at HM Prison Balsam Ghut.

37 years imprisonment; 6 & half years discount

Judge Floyd determined, nevertheless, that a life sentence for Norford could not be justified and sentenced him to a period of 37 years imprisonment.

“Taking into account the time he has served on remand and giving him full credit for that, the sentence imposed is reduced to 30 years and 6 months as of today’s date. The defendant must serve a minimum of 18 years and 6 months from today’s date before he will be eligible for parole,” Judge Floyd stated.

23 Responses to “Kittitian Andreas Norford gets 30 years in prison for C. Melbourne Francis murder”

  • Boo (21/06/2022, 11:51) Like (27) Dislike (5) Reply
    So why was he not expelled to StKitts moons ago.. He is typical of the human drift that was and continues to be selected to " build" up the (B)VI. This caliber of resident humanity dumbs down the populace, creates diversion and makes it easier for the crooked to become Honorable corruptiive thiefs. The VI will continue to sink lower because of the cannibalistic and illiterate poverty laden gene pool introduced via immigration. A one world Caribbean worthy of annihilation.
    • facts (24/06/2022, 17:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      He was here from young went school here at one point in time etc. reason for being in the country in the first place. And his crime was committed here so he has to do his time here.
  • Wait, hold the F up (21/06/2022, 11:53) Like (69) Dislike (1) Reply
    Don’t make excuses about his childhood growing up. My childhood was hell growing up, my mom left me at 3 months old and hightail it to NYC and never look back. My grandfather use to tie me naked outside to a tree in the yard when I use to wet the bed, family members use to abuse me physically, verbally, mentally and sexually. I never went out and killed anyone. Please don’t use his childhood as an excuse for his behavior.
    • Gus Gus (21/06/2022, 13:43) Like (40) Dislike (0) Reply
      i trust that you got some counselling for your tramatic childhood.
      • Wait, hold the F up (21/06/2022, 15:05) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
        @Gus Gus, I went through a lot of counseling and therapy and I’m good.
        • @ Gus Gus (21/06/2022, 15:17) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
          I'm sorry that you had to endure that, but I'm glad that you got the counselling that you needed, and didn't let that experience shape the rest of your life.
    • @ wait, hold the F up (21/06/2022, 14:57) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
      Wow, am sorry you had to endure all that unjustness at the very hands of your relatives. in fact that made you a better person.
      Nevertheless, I absolutely consent with you. people need to stop manipulating these people's past as a justification for their deviant conduct.
    • I hate it here (21/06/2022, 15:48) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
      @ wait hold up… I’m so sorry ???? my heart breaks for you.
      • Madussa (24/06/2022, 09:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        If you hate it here then leave. It's obvious you hate it somewhere else too, because you are still here. LEAVE!
    • Hug (21/06/2022, 18:39) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Virtual hug and high five for standing tall. Not being funny either. Dead serious
  • hmmm (21/06/2022, 12:24) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a low life
  • ALL AH DEM (21/06/2022, 12:59) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
  • Dulce (21/06/2022, 13:14) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sooo he will be on a bed of roses courtesy of the VI tax payer for the rest of his life. Compare that to what the VI has gained from the import of Kitttians and a host of other Caribbean countries. DR,StVincent Jamaica i name a few.Not worth it folks. A change is needed. Import the proven nondraining work force is a logical step .
    • Think again (24/06/2022, 11:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      perhaps you are not aware of the population breakdown in the BVI. Majority of residents are expats majority of expats are on work permit and they pay the majority of the taxes in the BVI. when you consider your core workforce, you might also appreciate that the Caribbean countries you're quick to mention are the ones that provide the mainstay for your beloved BVI...teachers, nurses and police...and the other jobs that BVILanders consider too measely for them to do. So "'Mr. Criminal"' is not on a bed of roses courtesy the VI taxpayers. Its the same caribbean countries that you mentioned, those are the ones that would cover the majority of the cost of his bed of roses.
  • ... (21/06/2022, 13:28) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    he good team fire man
  • Deport Him... (21/06/2022, 13:49) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    As soon as he finishes his sentence. He is a real murderous, cold-hearted fiend.
    • Ohanio Harris (21/06/2022, 22:47) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ Deport him....He is a Belonger. I will just rest this here.
  • end times (21/06/2022, 14:44) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Trust me, the world does not have 18 years and months left.
  • Hmm (21/06/2022, 16:11) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    so why he aint get life, like the local guy?
  • E***o (21/06/2022, 20:55) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Freedom is a must
  • Ridiculous (21/06/2022, 21:23) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    7 years on remand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s craziness the justice system is a joke
  • RealTalk (22/06/2022, 08:11) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    This dude was nothing but trouble when he was out. With this crip blue flag nonsense. Now he up jail round eddo them wearing red now this dude is a clown. Dude use to attack people if them was wearing red. Them even run up on eddo bro R.I.P G.Money by up's because he had on red but my
    oy didn't back down. Now he round the other bro in the same red he didn't accept lol. Use be up and with dead Jeff and them turnbull brothers (Spanish) who are on the run for there role in a murder that took place after the hurricane in east end. no offense to the Spanish community am just describing. And that clown use use to talk his business. Is man you look like you like up there is the right place to spend quality time lol
  • Jane (23/06/2022, 22:43) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    So it took how much years on remand before he could get sentence. Boy or boy

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