Trini man found guilty of assault in USVI

By Rumi Samuel Published on May 29, 2022
Trini man found guilty of assault in USVI

A 39-year-old Trinidadian man was found guilty by a jury at the St. Thomas Superior Court on the US Virgin Islands when he appeared in court to answer charges of assaulting and imprisoning his ex-girlfriend in 2020.

The jury handed their verdict on May 26 against Devindra Jaglal after a few hours of deliberation.
Jaglal was charged with false imprisonment, second-degree assault and simple assault.

He was found not guilty of the false imprisonment charge.

For the Crime of Second Degree Assault, the Defendant faces up to 10 years imprisonment, and for simple assault, he faces up to 1 year.

According to an affidavit, police received a call on November 15, 2020, from a hotel guest about a woman screaming for help.

When officers arrived, they observed the woman with bruises on her body and redness on her neck.

The victim indicated that Jaglal is her boyfriend and stated they live together in Florida.

The victim told the officers that she was afraid to speak to them for fear that Jaglal would kill her.

The individual who called 911 stated that he was staying next door to Jaglal’s room and heard the screaming.

He recorded the screaming with his cellphone, and while doing so, Jaglal came outside on the balcony and confronted him.

He said Jaglal told him to “mind his own business”.

The individual then told Jaglal he would call the police, to which Jaglal replied, “call the police”.
Sentencing for Jaglal has been set for June 30, 2022, at 2:00 pm.

Rumi Samuel

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