“We All Make Mistakes”--Character Witness

Javon Liburd, Staff Reporter | 2 Opinions
Published: May 10, 2017 7:43 pm AST
Selvin Chinnery
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George Chinnery of Jost Van Dyke (JVD) appeared before the Magistrate’s Court earlier today, May 10, as a character witness on his brother’s behalf, Selvyn Chinnery. Selvyn pleaded guilty earlier this week to possession of three rounds of ammunition and possession of an illegal firearm.

George told the court that his brother is an exceptional man, adding that everyone makes mistakes and his brother is no different.

On the stand, George informed the court that his brother completely forgot about the weapon, noting that he had no intention to ever use it.

“Not because he is my brother, he is a very respectable person. He is involved in the church, he is a Christian and is a part of different community groups.”

The court also heard that Selvyn is the only plumber on the island of Jost Van Dyke, and one of very few plumbers in the BVI who are capable of reading blueprint plans.

"He is very vital to the community," George said.

The court said, “How about not having the weapon to begin with; let’s start there,” to which George replied, “We all make mistakes.”

In mitigation, the accused expressed remorse, adding that he had no intention to use the weapon. “It’s something I forgot I had.”

According to court records, on April 12, 2016, the accused summoned officers to his JVD premises to defuse a domestic matter between him and his wife.

A search of the home led the officers to the weapon, which was hidden on the outside of the home under a galvanize sheet. It was noted that the weapon had already begun to corrode.

According to the defense attorney, Ms. Marie-Lou Creque, the weapon and its location was made known by the wife of the accused. She also noted that the weapon was not functional, as it was not able to be loaded.

Selvyn is currently remanded at Her majesty’s Prison and will return for another appearance on June 27.

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