Jamaican cop freed of ‘stealing’ charge in BVI

A Jamaican native employed to the police force in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has been freed of a Conspiracy To Steal charge.

Shawn Henry was charged amid allegations that he conspired to act dishonestly in relation to funds (United States currency) seized during operations from the year 2012 to 2014.

Two other officers employed to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, who were also charged, are still before the court. They are Simon Power and Pamphil Prevost.

Henry was acquitted in the BVI-based High Court on April 5, exactly three years after he first was remanded.

His freedom came after his Jamaican attorney, Queen’s Counsel Ian Wilkinson, made a no-case submission, heard by a jury as well as Justice Rajiv Persad.

The lawyer argued that there was not sufficient evidence to prove that his Jamaican client was involved in any form of conspiracy to steal.

Meanwhile, Henry, who holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration, was interdicted and paid only half his regular salary after being charged.

His lawyer is not ruling out the possibility of suing the BVI government, if Henry so decides.


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