Decide tosses movie evidence coming from dwelling where by Erickson fled

The making that houses the Higher Courtroom in Road City, Tortola.

A decide has decided to exclude video proof in the subject involving St Ellmore Garraway, a guy charged with perverting the training course of justice for allegedly blocking law enforcement as they were being on the hunt for his associate and a person-time fugitive from the regulation, Nyron Erickson, back in July 2020.

Court docket records demonstrate that law enforcement retrieved footage from Shut Circuit Television, usually referred to as CCTV, from the surveillance process situated in Garraway’s bedroom.

The footage allegedly confirmed Erickson, the now-deceased Deverson Williams, and a handful of other adult males coming into Garraway’s house at about 4 pm on July 12, 2020.

Police gained info that Erickson was in Garraway’s residence at George’s, North Aspect on the working day in issue along with several “associates” and felt they were being in possession of medications and firearms. 

Afterwards that evening, several members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Drive (RVIPF) executed a warrant at the premises on the perception that there had been firearms and ammunition there. It was later signed with a note stating that “nothing pertaining to the warrant was found”.

Legal professional Israel Bruce argued that the CCTV proof was improperly acquired considering that the video that was seized was exterior of the scope of the research warrant and in contravention of the Evidence Act. 

Bruce argued that, due to the breach of the applicant’s constitutional rights and the failure of the investigating police to sufficiently comply with the needs for judicial authority prior to seeking residences, and seizing and searching individual assets, the admission of the online video evidence would provide the administration of justice into disrepute. 

Judge Richard Floyd ruled that the look for was poor and reported the impropriety of the movie seizure was heightened by the fact that the moment seized, the digital tools was searched with out law enforcement getting even more judicial authorisation for that goal. 

He reported Garraway experienced a affordable expectation of privateness in his movie recording products, noting that it was situated in his bed room. 

“The cameras depicted an location in and close to his private residence. Not only did the law enforcement not have a warrant to seize electronic devices these types of as video clip recording tools belonging to the applicant, but they also went additional by inspecting the products and extracting recordings without the need of a warrant,” Decide Floyd mentioned.

He added: “To permit the improperly attained proof, the prejudicial result of which considerably outweighs its probative price to be admitted in this situation, would also be opposite to the applicant’s proper to a honest hearing less than s.16(1) of the Virgin Islands Structure Order 2007.” 

Kristian Johnson represented the Crown in the subject ahead of the High Court docket.


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