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|BVI deports Guyanese mason convicted of having sex with teen|
|Sunday, 06 May 2012 20:29|
(BVI PLATINUM NEWS) – Dellon Williams, a Guyanese mason who sued Chief Immigration Officer Dennis Jennings for allegedly using his powers to falsely arrest him in December 2008, has been ordered deported after serving jail time for unlawfully having sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 16 years.
BVI Platinum News understands that the order was served on Dellon Williams last week, and that he remains an inmate of Her Majesty's Prison at Balsum Ghut.
In April, 2010, Williams was sentenced by Justice Rita Olivetti in the High Court to five years in prison for having unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 16 years old in 2008. However, the Judge had said she was too harsh, and a month later, had reduced the sentence to three years.
During the trial, it was revealed that Williams had fathered a child with the teen.
A ruling on the suit against the Chief Immigration Officer has not been made.
Governor Boyd McCleary issued the order on April 17 under Sections 40(1) and (b) of the Immigration and Passport Ordinance (Cap. 130). Under the Ordinance, if, at any time after a person other than a person deemed to belong to the Territory has landed in the Territory, it shall come to the knowledge of the Governor that the person has been convicted of any offence against the Ordinance, or of any other offences within the Territory punishable with imprisonment for three months or more, the Governor may make an Order requiring the person to leave the Territory within the time fixed by the Order, and thereafter to remain out of the Territory.
Part of the Governor´s Order stated, "Whereas it has come to my knowledge that Dellon Bevon Williams is a person not deemed to belong to the Territory, and that the said Dellon Bevon Williams has been convicted of the offence of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 16 years old, which is punishable with imprisonment of three months or more; and is a person whose presence in the Territory would, in the opinion of the Governor, acting after consultation with the Chief Immigration Officer, be undesirable and not conducive to the public good...."
Williams, who had been lawfully living in the BVI since October 2005, wanted the Court to declare that he was falsely imprisoned by the Chief Immigration Officer, his agents or servants;, and claimed general damages for false imprisonment by the Chief Immigration Officer and his agents or servants.
He also claimed punitive damage for false imprisonment, which was actuated by malice, spite, and by an abuse of power by the Chief Immigration Officer.
Williams had claimed that, at his Belle Vue home on December 5, 2008 at around 4.00 am, he was arrested by Immigration Officers on the ground that he had committed an immigration offence.
He was then taken to the Road Town Police Station and placed in the lockups at around 5.00 am.
It was then that he was allegedly told by Immigration Officers that they would return for him at 9.00 am on the said morning. However, this did not happen. Williams was never charged with any immigration offence.
Williams claimed that he was kept in the lockups from 5.00 am to 3.00 pm on December 5, 2008, and he was not read his rights or given an opportunity to seek a lawyer.
At 3.00 pm, Williams claimed, he was then informed by a police officer that he had been accused of committing an offence of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 16 years old. The girl is a relative of the Chief Immigration Officer.
When he was taken to court for trial in 2010, Williams pleaded guilty to the charge of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 16 years after a paternity test proved that he was the father of the teenager´s child.
A few days later, he changed his plea to not guilty.
According to the prosecution, Williams invited the teen, who had been friends with him, to his home sometime before or after April 11, 2008. The complainant went to the man’s home, and she was then invited into his bedroom, where the defendant allegedly started kissing the young lady and then proceeded to take off his clothing and the young lady’s.
The complainant then started to put up resistance, but was unsuccessful, as Williams managed to have sex with her.
The prosecution contended that the young lady did not say anything to her parents. However, some months later, her parents noticed that she was not menstruating and, on November 28, 2008, they took her to a doctor, where it was confirmed that she was eight months pregnant.
The complainant then related what had transpired with Williams. (Demerara Waves)
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