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Officer Gilbert testifies in Nyron Erickson's case

-after being thrown overboard in Smugglers’ Cove chase
Nyron Erickson, 21, pleaded not guilty to landing without leave from an Immigration Officer in addition to other charges. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Police Constable Stephan Gilbert of the Marine Unit of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force told the Magistrate’s Court today, May 5, 2014 that he was thrown from the Police vessel named 'The Defender' as he was conducting an assignment in the vicinity of Smugglers Cove, on August 28, 2013.

The defendant, Nyron Erickson, 21, pleaded not guilty to landing without leave from an Immigration Officer; refusing to stop a vessel when required to do so by the Customs Department; negligence in navigation of a vessel; and knowingly assisting a person to land at a place not designated as a port of entry. He is represented by Attorney-at-Law Stephen Daniels.

Gilbert said he observed a go-fast vessel containing the defendant heading towards the Police vessel from the direction of Steel Point apparently being pursued by another vessel. The other vessel in pursuit was determined to be the US Border Patrol Customs vessel.

As the vessel was approaching at great speed, Gilbert said the Captain of the Defender had to make a sudden turn to get out of the way of the oncoming vessel.

“Immediately on that turn, I was thrown from the Police vessel into the water. As I surfaced, I observed that [Constable] Stoutt was also in the water next to me,” Gilbert testified.

Gilbert, who testified that he had been in the Marine Unit for 15 years, said he felt a sharp pain at the base of his neck and at his lower back as well as pain to his right arm after being thrown into the water.

He said seconds after they had been thrown to the water, the duo was recovered by the Defender and continued in pursuit of the defendant’s vessel which was found just inside of the Smuggler’s Cove beach area.

Gilbert said he saw two persons aboard the oncoming vessel but when the vessel was approached on the beach at Smuggler’s Cove, there was only one occupant, the defendant.

The Officer further testified that a search team was deployed to find the other occupant of the vessel but this proved to be unsuccessful. He also told the court that there were persons both in the water and on the beach at the time the incident occurred.

Loud Hailer not present during chase

Meanwhile, Customs Officer Gurvin Stoutt told the court that Erickson’s vessel had been approaching the beach at such excessive speed that it appeared to be airborne at times.

He further stated that the Police vessel had displayed flashing blue lights as the defendant’s vessel approached but there was no loud hailer aboard the vessel asking the defendant to stop or slow down at the time.

Allegations against the defendant stated that the police loud hailer was used to attract the attention of the occupant(s) of the vessel occupied by the defendant and bring it to a halt.

Stoutt said he did not receive any injuries after being thrown into the water.

Erickson remains on bail and will return to court on May 20, 2014.

13 Responses to “Officer Gilbert testifies in Nyron Erickson's case ”

  • cay (05/05/2014, 15:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look melee
    • george (05/05/2014, 17:39) Like (5) Dislike (14) Reply
      Why is this idiot out on bail? For certain situations as this, he should not have been granted it. He could have killed someone with that fast speed and approaching swimming water where people snorkel and swim. He should be made to FEEL what his stupid actions could have caused. Bad enough he threw the officers in the water with the wave fro his fast turn while running from the US coast guard. IDIOT!
      • polo (05/05/2014, 19:36) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
        HELLO! wake up..
      • WOW!!! (07/05/2014, 13:49) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        Did u read the story i read, the captain of the customs vessel was the 1 that made the sharp turn which caused them to be thrown out u fool.
  • xxxxxxxx (05/05/2014, 18:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    look the man face he showing remost
  • otuifhjkgvb,mj (05/05/2014, 18:45) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dem so like to be in ting
  • Parents Role (05/05/2014, 19:44) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old.....
  • black box (05/05/2014, 23:22) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    The value of education cannot be over emphasized !!!
  • VG (06/05/2014, 13:01) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    This young man needs to give his life to jesus
  • ER (06/05/2014, 14:48) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Suppose he felt THREATENED by the US coast guard!?
  • jesus (07/05/2014, 12:32) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Leave the dam boy haters
  • Gina (10/11/2016, 04:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    He's a great person

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