Criminal Assizes Opened


14 cases are expected to be heard during the October criminal Assizes which opened on 7 October, and will be presided over by Madame Justice Judge Nicole Byer.

Over 120 persons were summoned for the jury pool which created some logistical issues as both the court room and the space used for House of Assembly sittings were utilized to create a sitting that was aided with video link communications.

In her welcome remarks, Judge Byers noted the simultaneous sitting and pointed out that this was possible because of the court’s utilization of the video link technology. The Judge said: “I hope that during this Assize…the court would not have any extraordinary glitches….we will try to have the matter dealt with quickly in this Assize.”

The case against Sherman Williams and Jevon Demming who are charged in connection with a 2012 shooting incident on Virgin Gorda will be the first matter to commence during this criminal assize.

Two of the matters that were committed to the High Court in time for this Assize were transferred to the February Assize. These included the case of Alberto Rosa De La Rosa, also known as Pi-yoyo who was recently extradited back to the BVI to face a charge of manslaughter; and Wakeem Guishard, Mitch Christopher and Marcus Lloyd the three men who have been charged in relation to the murder of Allen ‘Tiger’ Hodge.