Pair Charged With Unlawfully Entering Prison

November 21, 2013

westgate prison bermuda generic (1)A teenager and a 62 year old man were remanded into custody after appearing in Magistrates Court this morning [Nov 21] on charges of unlawfully entering Westgate Correctional Facility.

Tyler Christopher [17] and Chesterfield Johnson [62] will spend the next week behind bars after initially pleading guilty, but having their guilty pleas rejected by Senior Magistrate Archie Warner.

In today’s session, after they pleaded guilty to trespassing inside Westgate around 11am on 19th November the pair offered a defense.

They said that in a 16 foot boat that they had driven from Riddell’s Bay, they had gone to the beach on the west side of Westgate and that Christopher had gone ashore in order to get some sand off the beach.

The men’s story was that the sand was to be used in making ‘chum’ for the fishing trip that they were supposed to be on that day.

Christopher denied the Crown’s assertion that he had gone ten feet inside the Westgate razor wire and was clearly within Westgate’s perimeter.

Johnson admitted being the boat driver but said that he did not know that the area chosen for collecting the sand was out of bounds. Both said that they saw no razor wire.

According to the Crown Prosecutor, the boat had been observed approaching the area; prison staff with a K-9 unit had responded; Christopher was seen to run off and re-board the boat which had then proceeded towards Grey’s Bridge.

The boat was kept under observation and Marine Police eventually caught the boat and the men off Morgan’s Point.

The Senior Magistrate remanded the teenager to the COED facility and Johnson to Westgate. The pair will be brought back to face a full trial on 26th November 2013.

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  1. No Effin Way! says:

    LMAO.. they went to go get Sand!

    • Santa says:

      Told you people they heard about the big Christmas dinner West Gate Prison serving in 35 days. HO HO HO

  2. hmm says:

    What the hell?

  3. Terry says:

    Well I am sure the must have seen some razor wire at some stage.
    They sure as hell did not climb over it.
    Good call Archie on the ‘Guilty plea’.
    Probably some no trespassing signs but they did not enter a secure area per sey.

    What a waste of money.

  4. smh says:

    I’m guessing they want to be in prison? LMAOO

  5. Paradox says:

    Maybe they were delivery men, who the hell breaks into mprison

  6. Tyler says:

    Johnson…. name rings a bell. It should ring a bell with all of Bermuda.

  7. Bermuda says:

    We could make a show on this content!! It’ll be like the opposite of “Prison Break”

  8. LIGHTBULB.. says:

    One of the names makes my bulb light up.

    Trying to get back into his house maybe?

  9. Malachi says:

    Don’t you all jump to conclusions!

    Mr. Christopher is an “apprentice” of Mr. Johnson. They were in the middle of Beach Landing 101 when interrupted by police.

    We were all told to learn new skills in this economic climate and Christopher and Johnson were merely playing their respective parts.

    LOL
    :)

    A serious question: do people use sand to make chum??

    • Back-in-the-day-girl says:

      Yes they do use sand. They mix the bait with it.

  10. Justice says:

    Ridiculous

  11. Nuffin but da Truth says:

    I bet Archie said to himself,
    Biggest load of Bollocks I’ve heard in years!

  12. Felix says:

    This is the only place on the island to find sand!

  13. Bda Onion Gal says:

    Awww Westgate property includes a beach which “could” be used coming, going, for recreation? How lovely!
    Bring back Casemates which had an excellent view for some.

    Seriously, a dog could patrol that area supplemented by motion on perimeter security cameras.
    Next court date, social inquiry, etc. Innocent or not incident will be expensive to all.

  14. Bernews says:

    Just a reminder, as we are deleting tons of comments for legal reasons, there are restrictions while a case is still underway….can’t assume guilt, mention any past incidents if they exist etc. Sorry!

  15. Silverfox says:

    Cant be serious? WTH…

  16. Family Man says:

    The things you learn …

    I think its just fantastic that Bermuda can boast it has so many beaches, even its prison has a private beach with the most amazing sand.

  17. fidel says:

    dumb and dumber

  18. v!nce says:

    Isn’t there some law about land being public upto the high tide water mark?

  19. ADRIANNE says:

    IF THESE TWO MEN WHERE FOUND WITH DRUGS AND OR WEAPONS ON THEM I COULD SEE THE PROBLEM, BUT THEY
    WHERE NOT FOUND WITH ANYTHING ON THEM, SO IT DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE THAT THEY WHERE TRYING TO BREAK INTO WESTGATE

  20. unruly says:

    these so called judges are unfit for there post