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Court Affirms Conviction of Ex-BVI Leader Andrew Fahie Amid Jury Irregularities

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Andrew Fahie, Former Premier of the British Virgin Islands

The court has confirmed the conviction of Andrew Fahie, the former Premier of the British Virgin Islands, on charges of conspiracy to commit drug trafficking and money laundering. This ruling comes after a notable period of hesitation linked to the actions of two jurors who initially found Fahie guilty but subsequently appeared to question their decision.

Details emerged last month about these jurors’ unprecedented attempts to engage in discussions about their verdict with court personnel and Fahie’s defense team. To address this matter, Judge Kathleen Williams held a hearing to ascertain the jurors’ true intentions.

During the session held on Thursday, only one of the two jurors in question was present. Under questioning by Judge Williams, the juror confidently stated that her guilty verdict for Fahie was reached independently and was her own decision.

The absence of the second juror, who had been officially summoned, did not lead to punitive measures by Judge Williams. She chose not to issue a bench warrant for this juror, opting instead to conclude the inquiry based on the available testimony.

From the determination of the attending juror, Judge Williams upheld Fahie’s convictions, confirming that they were made without external pressure. Consequently, Fahie’s sentencing is scheduled for April 29, unless future events necessitate a delay.

Parallel to Fahie’s case, Oleanvine Maynard, identified as a co-conspirator, is set for sentencing on March 28. Her sentencing had been deferred to allow her participation in Fahie’s trial. Additionally, Kadeem Maynard, another associate in the criminal activities, is serving a nearly five-year sentence for his role in the conspiracy.

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Violent Robbery at Starz Hotel in St. Thomas Leaves Man Injured

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A violent encounter unfolded at Starz Hotel in the Contant area of St. Thomas, where an armed robbery took place in the early hours of Saturday. Local authorities were summoned to the location around 2:48 a.m. on April 13, following reports of the distressing event.

The V.I. Police Department reported that upon arrival, they learned from the victim that two assailants, described as black males, had exited a vehicle and confronted him. The robbers, armed and aggressive, knocked the man to the ground and struck his head with a gun. They proceeded to steal his chain, rummage through his pockets, and take his wallet before escaping in an SUV heading east.

Emergency responders transported the victim to Schneider Regional Medical Center. He received treatment for multiple injuries, which included a head contusion, chest bruising, lacerations inside his mouth, and damage to his left palm.

The VIPD’s Criminal Investigation Bureau is actively pursuing leads in this case. They urge anyone with information related to this crime to contact them at 340-774-2211 ext. 5574, dial 911 for immediate assistance, or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers V.I.

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Former Deputy Park Superintendent of St. Croix Sentenced for Property Conversion and Fraud

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ST. CROIX, VI – Gregory Camacho, 43, previously Deputy Park Superintendent for the National Park Service in St. Croix, received a sentence of nine months of home detention and four years of probation for unlawfully converting property, according to U.S. Attorney for the USVI, Delia L. Smith. The sentencing was handed down by District Judge Wilma A. Lewis on Thursday.

In addition to home detention and probation, Judge Lewis imposed a $6,000 fine and a special assessment of $75 on Camacho. He was also ordered to pay restitution amounting to $29,502.20 to the National Park Service.

According to court filings, Camacho, during his tenure as acting park superintendent from June 2019 to August 2020, occupied two housing units owned by the National Park Service without fulfilling rental payments, causing a loss of $14,192.10. In another instance in July 2019, Camacho deceitfully claimed relocation expenses for his family’s move from Titusville, FL, to St. Croix, even though he moved alone. This action led to unjust reimbursements totaling $13,387.50.

Furthermore, between October 2018 and September 2019, Camacho was found to have submitted overlapping travel vouchers for the same trips from his primary duty station, resulting in an additional $1,922.50 in improper gains.

These findings were brought to light through an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Interior, with the case prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel H. Huston.

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Daylight Assault in St. Thomas Leaves Man Injured

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A distressing incident unfolded on St. Thomas when a man suffered injuries in a daylight assault in Simmonds Alley, according to a statement from the V.I. Police Department. The attack occurred on Wednesday around 12:15 p.m.

Authorities were alerted to the situation when the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call about a man found bleeding from the neck near the Jala Jala establishment on Kronprindsens Gade. Responding officers discovered the victim with a severe laceration on the left side of his neck, believed to be the result of the assault.

Despite the seriousness of his injuries, the victim refrained from providing a statement to law enforcement at the scene. He was quickly transported to Schneider Regional Medical Center for medical attention.

The VIPD’s Criminal Investigation Bureau has taken charge of the investigation and is urging the public to assist by providing any relevant information. Individuals can contact the CIB at (340) 774-2211 or call 911. For those preferring to stay anonymous, tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers USVI by calling 1-800-222-8477 or online.

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