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UPDATE: 15 months prison time for yacht burglar

-Suspended High Court sentence to be activated
Kempest Bailey at the Magistrate's Court on Spetember 27, 2013. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Kempest Bailey, 23, was sentenced to 15 months in prison by Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards today, November 29, 2013 for his crime of burglarizing a yacht.

The Jost Van Dyke resident had pleaded guilty to the charge of burglarizing a boat at Conch Charters with another person on August 14, 2013. He has refused to disclose the name of his accomplice.

Ms Richards also said a three year sentence that was imposed on the construction worker in the High Court will now be activated and is to run consecutively with the sentence handed down by her.

The Magistrate told the court she took into consideration the high cost of the items stolen and that they were never recovered in passing down her sentence.

See previous article posted October 28, 2013

JVD man allegedly refuses to ‘rat’ on burglary accomplice

- defendant was allegedly caught on CCTV camera

Kempest Bailey, 22, of Jost Van Dyke reportedly told officers that he doesn’t want to 'rat' on anybody, refusing to give up the name of his accomplice after allegedly confessing to being involved in a burglary on a boat at Conch Charters with another person on August 14, 2013.

Bailey, who told the court he was a construction worker yesterday, September 27, 2013, was allegedly a trespasser on the vessel ‘Bean’ at Conch Charters at about 1:30 A.M. The unrepresented defendant was not required to plea to the indictable charges.

According to Crown Counsel Leslie Ann Faulkner, ‘Bean’ was moored at the marina at Conch Charters at about 3:30 P.M. on August 13, 2013 and the boat had a number of items including iPhones, iPads, etc.

It was discovered on August 14, 2013 that the ‘Bean’ was ransacked. A search was carried out for any missing items and it was discovered that iPhones, iPads, a Louis Vuitton bag and Nokia phone were among those missing. The items were valued at $3,450.

Police were informed and a report was made resulting in an investigation by officers from the Scenes of Crime Unit. Latent fingerprints were lifted from the scene.

An officer reportedly visited the marina office and uplifted surveillance footage taken by a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) camera for the corresponding period and it was discovered that two young men were observed as having ventured on to the vessel when it was moored; one was allegedly identified as the defendant.

Officers were given a copy of the footage and on September 23, 2013 Bailey was met and informed of the report. Footage was reportedly shown to the defendant at the CID office where he allegedly admitted to police that he was at Conch Charters and stole the items.

He later allegedly confessed in an audio/visual interview as well but refused to say who the other person in the video was because he ‘doesn’t want to rat on anybody’.

Bailey reportedly told officers that the items were sold on the street for $200 apiece and the money was shared.

He was granted $60,000 bail signed by two sureties and was restricted from applying from any travel documents after telling the court he had lost his passport.

He will return to court on October 18, 2013 to determine whether his matter can be transferred to the High Court.

23 Responses to “UPDATE: 15 months prison time for yacht burglar”

  • OK Then (28/09/2013, 09:46) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Instead of dividing the fine and the jail time by 2 divide it by one!!!
  • xxxxxxxx (28/09/2013, 12:08) Like (3) Dislike (15) Reply
    deeds JVD ppl got somthing in dem water
  • Abby (28/09/2013, 14:24) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    NO WAY I would take the fall for all. People, you have to stop this do crime and not tell attitude. I can see if you fear for your life, but then that is the price of a criminal. People work hard for their things and you have no right taking them.
    • cousin (29/11/2013, 18:27) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
      Shut up, sometimes you dont know the person minds why they do these things and when you get to understand it is regardless wrong and trust me i would never sell out anyone if im the one got caught........real talk
    • Scrooge (29/11/2013, 23:15) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Right on Abby. Why when people steal they always have some lame behind excuse? So you steal my stuff that I worked and bust my behind for and you think I want to hear your flimsy excuses? As far as being such a BIG man for not snitching, who in the hell cares. You the one they caught and your behind is in jail while they home eating Christmas turkey and pie. That is my satisfaction! Merry Christmas and a Bad New Year. Bah Humbug.
  • done knoo (28/09/2013, 15:49) Like (9) Dislike (10) Reply
    das wa I talking bout..real man don't rat
  • tretretrete (28/09/2013, 16:12) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    Time to start branding their forehead with a bit "T" for thief. Cut off a hand for second offense.
  • jost (29/09/2013, 19:34) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply


    • sandy pit (30/09/2013, 09:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      You know and I know that this young man born here (hello)
    • Never dat (04/10/2013, 21:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sen out yuh
    • Locally made (29/11/2013, 18:29) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply

      So where does his parents come from have to with this. The fact is he is from right here, born and bread. St. Vincent don't know a thing about him if you ask me. Why when people do good we are quick to claim them even if they do not even born here like M. Amarro, but once is something negative we are quick to remember where their parents are from. A lot people here who are successful, their parents are not from here but we never tend to remember until something goes wrong. We are just a bunch of hypocrites, that's why this country is in the position it is.

      • Task Force (30/11/2013, 08:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ Locally made don't worry it have worst to get so glad I'm out of there in my country living happily ever after tola and they abuse.
  • ... (30/09/2013, 07:09) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    Give the man a break
    • Scrooge (30/11/2013, 06:26) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      What you want me to break? His head or his leg? Break What idiot. Let him come to your house and steal your things.
  • freee (29/11/2013, 16:13) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    poor bouy xmas in jail at least he gets free ham
  • virgin gorda (29/11/2013, 16:56) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Stop giving bad impression youth chop them dreads imposter Rasta don't steal
  • Scrooge (29/11/2013, 23:18) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ done knoo.. Haha..where the real men at? So real men do dirt and steal. That is what little boys do stupid. Real Men have jobs and take care of themselves. So I guess all you Real Men gonna visit him in HMP regular to keep his spirits up huh? STUPID JERKS!
  • R.Ville (30/11/2013, 10:46) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Keep ya headup dawg mine over matters that time going fly u.e.n.o. Nough respect for keepin the code/K.A.R I ain gah spell it out rite!!!!
  • the rock (01/12/2013, 05:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I know one thing if I gone thief with others its not going to be with people who I am afraid off..cause I am not doing jail time for others..its simple as that.. so u all can take that how u all want it!
  • JVD (02/12/2013, 07:05) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lol @ virgin gorda..
    Everything outta vg soff meh boi.
    If yuh doan have to dread to be rasta y when yuh gah dreads da make u a ras.?
    Come 'try' to do the choppin p***y..

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