The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has recorded its 4th Murder for 2017.
St.Kitts’ Jefferson Joseph was gunned down outside CSY Dock on Tortola this morning, April 16.
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has confirmed the incident.
“Police are confirming the death a male following a shooting incident outside the CSY Dock this morning. The male victim was pronounced dead at the scene,” said the RVIPF.
Photos being circulated on social media show Joseph clad in black and sitting in the driver’s seat of a bloodied vehicle – seemingly lifeless.
His head is resting on the door closest to the driver’s seat. The window across from him is shattered.
Joseph, over the years, has been implicated in different crimes in the territory.
He was released recently from Her Majesty’s Prison.
A few years ago, Joseph was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment in relation to drug and gun charges. In a breakdown of his sentences, Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards sentenced him to 18 months for keeping an unlicensed firearm, three months for possession of explosive, seven months for possession of cannabis, and 30 months for possession of cocaine. The sentences were to run concurrently (at the same time).
In another case, Jefferson was arrested and charged for allegedly inciting another person to murder Melbourne Francis, who was gunned down in Long Look, Tortola, on May 9, 2013.
The prosecution claimed that Joseph offered St Kitts native Andraes Norford $13,000 to murder Francis.
It is further alleged that, following the shooting, Joseph and Norford had several conversations about what took place, and Norford even admitted that he carried out the gun attack.
Mr Joseph brings to four the number of persons killed on Tortola this year. It was on January 6, 2017 that businessman Frankly J. Fahie was murdered by a lone gunman in Long Look. On the morning of March 10, 2017 Alston E. Penn was found dead with head injuries allegedly from rocks in the Windy Hill area of Tortola.
On March 10, 2017 Ashburn A. Dawson aka ‘Ashy’ of Carrot Bay on Tortola was gunned down close to the Sunday Morning Well.
Police have made one arrest in the murder of Mr Penn.
There remain over twenty unsolved murders in the British Overseas Territory of less than forty thousand people.