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Shakilla Hanley found not guilty in VI double murder

-after Justice Angelica Teelucksingh upheld no-case submission by Hanley's Attorney
Shakilla Hanley was today, November 7, 2023, found not guilty for the murder of Shawn H. Richards and David Springette respectively following, a court case in in the Virgin Islands. Photo: File
Shawn H. Richards (left) was as shot outside his residence in Long Look on the evening of May 6, 2017 and succumbed on May 8, 2017. David Springette (right) David Springette was also shot outside the Wayside Bar in Fat Hogs Bay on the evening of June 21, 2017 and died on the spot. Photos: Provided
Shawn H. Richards (left) was as shot outside his residence in Long Look on the evening of May 6, 2017 and succumbed on May 8, 2017. David Springette (right) David Springette was also shot outside the Wayside Bar in Fat Hogs Bay on the evening of June 21, 2017 and died on the spot. Photos: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Shakilla Hanley was today, November 7, 2023, found not guilty in relation to the murder of Shawn H. Richards and David Springette respectively, following a court case in the Virgin Islands (VI).

Hanley, along with Shakeel Ryan, was charged with attempted murder and murder, having been accused of playing a part in the May 8, 2017, murder of Shaun Richards and the June 21, 2017, murder of David Springette respectively. 

Another person, Essadro Jefferson, was charged with conspiracy to murder Springette, having been on remand at His Majesty's Prison (HMP) for attempting to murder the same man, David Springette.

Richards aka ‘Tubby’ was shot outside his residence in Long Look on the evening of May 6, 2017. Richards succumbed to his injuries on May 8, 2017.

Meanwhile, Springette aka Mooney was also shot outside the Wayside Bar in Fat Hogs Bay on the evening of June 21, 2017. He was pronounced dead at the scene after Springette had survived two earlier attempts made on his life. 

Sources indicated that Shakilla Hanley had reportedly been at HM Prison since July of 2017, however, the trial started just about 8 weeks ago in September of 2023 when she pleaded not guilty to the two counts of murder.

Following the 8-week trial, her lead Attorney-at-Law, Guyana national Stephen R. Daniels, entered a no-case submission.

Madam Justice Angelica Teelucksingh today, November 7, 2013, upheld the no-case submission with the 9-member jury, returning a not guilty verdict against Hanley.

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37 Responses to “Shakilla Hanley found not guilty in VI double murder”

  • bvibuzz (07/11/2023, 18:36) Like (26) Dislike (13) Reply
    Wow another lost for the DPP and police Collins must go
    • We need a new DPP (07/11/2023, 20:17) Like (56) Dislike (2) Reply
      Again the DPP fails to adduce enough evidence to get the case beyond half time.
      It is no good blaming the police. The DPP reviewed the evidence and advised that it was sufficient to convict. Yet again she was wrong. How
      Many more times do we have to watch this happen before she is replaced.
  • Wow . (07/11/2023, 18:41) Like (70) Dislike (8) Reply
    This is overbearing and shameful. You mean another No Case Submission was up held and by anotjer Judge. So whst is the DPP going to appeal now.
    My God this is so shameful and disappointing.
    How many No Case submission that has been successful and how many not Guilty Plea that has been returned since this DPP took office.
    But again she BORN HERE so that is ok.
  • @ wow (07/11/2023, 19:13) Like (4) Dislike (27) Reply
  • …. (07/11/2023, 19:26) Like (8) Dislike (10) Reply
    Sue them rasss
  • Migoman (07/11/2023, 19:52) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    6 years.... SMFH
  • advantage never done (07/11/2023, 21:02) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    6 years on remand WOW!
  • Blame the police (07/11/2023, 21:03) Like (2) Dislike (12) Reply
    Not the DPP
    • @blame the police (08/11/2023, 08:14) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
      The Police present the evidence to the DPP, and the DPP decides whether the evidence is sufficient to prosecute.
      As the DPP reminds us whenever she gets the opportunity, the decision is solely hers and she is not accountable to anybody for it.
      If the evidence the police present to the DPP is not sufficient to prosecute, then the DPP should not prosecute. In those circumstances, she should either tell the police to look for more evidence or she should not prosecute.
      Unfortunately what is happening is that the DPP, in reliance on her legal knowledge and judgment, is making a decision to prosecute. At the close of the prosecution case, Judge after Judge then tells her that the evidence is not sufficient (in effecting criticising her legal knowledge and judgment) and dismisses the case before it goes to the jury.
      Fault rests with the DPP and not with the Police. The police could certainly do better, but it is the DPP that needs to be urgently replaced.
  • To Dpp (07/11/2023, 21:07) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    She vex yachts have to be in jail and he driver that drive him down town free to sing he want no bad vibe around them he needs to take his father to a restaurant for a good breakfast every morning he bobby's with a pitch on his eye poor man
  • g (07/11/2023, 21:55) Like (22) Dislike (6) Reply
    6 years..that's a lot of years to be on remand. So now we the taxpayers have to pay when she sue and wins. Smdh
  • HMMM (07/11/2023, 22:26) Like (39) Dislike (1) Reply
    The only case them can win is finding a man with a dime bag and charge him $1000. Lol
  • sha (07/11/2023, 22:44) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Who would name their child Killa?
  • Sha-Killa (07/11/2023, 23:36) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Her name spell guilty but she is innocent. "Sha-Killa"
  • Norris Turnbull (08/11/2023, 02:51) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    It is clear that the sentencing judge did consider the influence of poor police work and a weak DPP as mitigating or aggravating scum stances
  • Blue Belly Rat (08/11/2023, 03:05) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    Gyal u Lucky..Run run run from tola
  • Eicked Dmile. (08/11/2023, 05:36) Like (41) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not guilty doesn't mean you weren't involved or knew about it....It means the Police and prosecutor as usual. ".They messed up.".
  • Local (08/11/2023, 05:47) Like (48) Dislike (2) Reply
    Girl I don't know what kind of life you have if you stay around here try and get to the UK and start a new life cause the same people are going to try and take you out again. Take my advice and leave.
    • @local (08/11/2023, 07:38) Like (17) Dislike (5) Reply
      We don't want her in the UK.
    • @local (08/11/2023, 09:06) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      she would better get out of her, if she know what good for her. They tried to kill her before and she better not think that they wouldn't try again. Girl leave this place.
    • Unsafe society. (08/11/2023, 10:13) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
      Usually people who kill once will kill again. It's much easier for them the second time...They just be smarter about it...This place has become very unsafe and insecure. Tortola people / Jurors don't like sending people Jail. Especially their own..We on trouble
    • vi (08/11/2023, 14:16) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Hello y'all dont like down island people
      So let she stay where from not in a next man country.
  • Hmmmm (08/11/2023, 09:25) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Are they baiting this young lady for a bigger fish? She is now free so what ya think will happen? They will go after her again and now perhaps succeed. Are they baiting this young lady?
  • jack@$$ (08/11/2023, 11:22) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    Sha-Killa was on remand for yrs with no trial. Parents stop cursing your children will names like these. Differently the legal system has to do better than that, she served a sentence without ever being convicted just because she was accused. Where is the governor on issues like these?
  • tola (08/11/2023, 13:51) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Young lady please leave tola
  • J (08/11/2023, 13:58) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Too many murderers being allowed to walk free. We need talented legal personnel in the DPP’s office. They are loosing so many cases!!! It’s time to address this matter.
  • Tadow (08/11/2023, 18:32) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    This judiciary system sucks. It seems like they are so incompetent that if catch a rat eating the dam cheese they won't get that rat convicted. kiss the cat ass.
  • sha (08/11/2023, 18:52) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    She born SK..pretty sure she gonna end up back home?Too close for comfort?
    • @sha (09/11/2023, 19:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      She will not live long enough if sent back to St. Kitts. Those persons who attempted to previously kill her will try again. This young lady is what we call a walking dead. She will be safer spending the rest of her life in jail or forever be looking over her shoulder. Even if she travelled to the UK, these criminals has contacts all over the world including there. Perhaps, a new identity would help but that means leaving her children, parents, her entire family and friends behind and never being in contact with them ever again. That's quite hard to ask somebody to spend the rest of their lives in Witness Protection. I am only saying this is she's innocent of what they accused her of. Otherwise, let her go through the same pain she has caused the families of those men who died such tragic deaths. Doubt she's remorseful and might get involved with such evil acts again. As old people would say, you live by the sword, you'll definitely die by it.
  • ta ta (08/11/2023, 23:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is only because people many persons like wade and others can afford to challenge these excesses by the police force that they are exposed.
  • Eggiewukup (09/11/2023, 12:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh God!!! Terrence Williams, we are desperate for you!
  • Well Sah (10/11/2023, 11:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who tells you that Mr. Williams wants to be back here? When they were looking for a DPP it was the present one and V. Graham was flighting for that Job.... They give a BVI Lander first preference and look what we come to. well sah!

    Give Val Graham the Job. He is a people person, more approachable, unlike the one we have now.
  • karma (12/11/2023, 01:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    She better get out of tola cause there gonna be going for her. Gal you better run and don't look back.

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