Samuels, Saltus, Burchall, Vanderpool: Not Guilty

July 5, 2013

ronniko burchallThe six week long trial of Jahkeil Samuels, 27, Jamin Saltus, 22, Ronniko Burchall, 24, and Alex Vanderpool, 22, came to an end yesterday [July 4] with all four men being found not guilty.

The first not guilty verdict came in on Vanderpool just after 4:00pm, and the second set of not guilty verdicts came in just before 6:00pm on Samuels, Saltus, and Burchall [pictured/file photo]

As the men left the Court room, their supporters expressed obvious relief with the verdict, and some were hugging the men as they walked out.

Three had been accused of conspiring to shoot another person with intent to do grievous bodily harm and with handling a firearm, while Vanderpool faced the single charge of handling a firearm.

The trial dealt with incidents occurring on February 29th 2012 when a man was shot outside a house on Mission Lane in Pembroke. The victim was shot in his lower back area and had to undergo surgery.

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  1. Bermudas A Joke says:

    Bermuda Court system is Joke , How these guys always seem to get off. Islands gang problem isnt getting better. Just seems that way cause everyother gang is getting locked or murdered.

    • Missy says:

      Agreed! I said it from day one that they will walk, as they always do. But God doesn’t sleep…..

      • marge says:

        missy, you were right on the money.

      • Truthbetold says:

        Amen Missy….every dog has it’s day, and their days are coming. You reap what you so…Ecc 12:14 For God will bring every deed into judgement, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. So they can get away now, like they have many times before, but their true judgement awaits them. Everything in His time….

        • R@s cl@d says:

          Isn’t it Gods will that this happened in the first place , or do we pick and choose what God controls?

    • bermyfootball says:

      Cuz they rep a certain crew. U kno full well the beys from west b gettn life for pettier crimes. Hiddin In plain sight. P*** the courts and p*** ps

    • Tommy Chong says:

      Agreed, its like some twisted mob movie plot where the shot caller always gets off. Only difference in the movies is the shot caller is some big business man who keeps his reputation so clean he can’t not some middle town wannabe wankster punk who everyone & their granny knows what their about. This type of thing makes me wonder what the real agenda of government & the justice system in Bermuda is.

      • Michael R. says:

        A jury of their peers found them not guilty after hearing evidence on the matter (not reading about pieces on a website. How can we blame the agenda of the government or the justice system? Sounds as if you’d rather there be no trial at all.

        • Tommy Chong says:

          A jury of THEIR peers chosen by whom? Should I not blame a justice system & government that doesn’t allow laws that take prior convictions into consideration? This is tiny Bermuda where I & others don’t need the media to tell us who runs the biggest bunch of wanksters on this island. What’s the use of a trial if the scales of justice are unevenly weighed? I guess crack money is good enough here to buy your own justice even if you haven’t earned it.

  2. Fed Up says:

    let’s get everything in order before they go to court because we now have four back on the streets, great and you think they won’t….

    • Truthbetold says:

      ….and they will, but who know’s it feels it. Ain’t no jury member had to go through their children been murdered by wanksters yet. One thing the street knows what is going on, even if the dumb court system doesn’t. Obviously they have no wisdom, knowledge or discernment cause they can be read like a book.

  3. Claudio says:

    It is going to be an interesting summer.

  4. Unbelievable says:

    Im not surprised. Now lets see how long it is before one of these boys are arrested and charged for yet another gun crime.

  5. Crazy Thoughts says:

    Like I mentioned a long time ago crazy thoughts makes people think crazy things. Why would you think that now they are out its going to be a hot summer. Stuff has being happening while they where incarcerated so who are you ppl to Judge. Then once again they have being held for months so that have there fingerprints DEA etc. So like I say to crazy people if they have committed a crime in the pass and they where responsible then they will be answering to that charge so learn the system then comment

    • Spellcheck says:

      Learn how to spell and use correct tenses, then comment.

    • Facts says:

      You must be one of the broke B!+[h3s who’s nails and hair they pay for. Now that they’re out you should enroll at the college and get them to buys your books dummy.

    • Tommy Chong says:

      With any criminal the more you get off of the more brazen you become & when you’re the shot caller & do this it’s like winning the heavyweight championship of gangsters. Prison time for them just meant earning more stripes & to be out so easily makes them feel invincible. The feeling of invincibility plus the most lucrative season for a wankster brings competition & competition brings on the power struggle. Power struggle brings friction & friction causes heat.

  6. Time Shall Tell says:

    Well, the silence of the guns was nice while it lasted….

  7. God 1st says:

    @ Tommy chong

    The real criminals are the — legislators in the house of parliament and your forefathers.

    • Tommy Chong says:

      MY FOREFATHERS!!! LMAO! My forefathers weren’t doing drive bys in horse & buggy. Any government in Bermuda is allowed to vote on creating a law or amending one. An act like the American RICO Act would suit this problem but neither government since the tit for tat started has suggested it. This should have been the first thing OBA did when they got in.

  8. John says:

    Hardly surprising when the Jury is probably made up of people they know or are related to, ace boys and ace girls. Oh well !

  9. Bubbles says:

    With no justice system enforced people will lack the fear of facing consequences for their actions. With the absence of punishment one will continue to impose havoc and danger, because they escape the justice system time after time.

    Sad thing is, these young men lack the word of God. Whilst they feel untouchable GOD is keeping a note and vengeance belongs to him. When their day comes the curse of their actions will fall on them and the generations of their children, grandchildren and so on.

    Furthermore, these idiots are digging their own grave. They aint got s*** aint about s***, and will never have s***! Budmindness never prosper. Boys continue to let the devil steal ur souls! Hell is the destiny you’ve written for your eternal lives dummies.

  10. Kathy says:

    Well maybe, just maybe, as they got off they can turn themselves around. Just trying to be positive. It is poosible to do.

  11. Smh !! MGT says:

    Anytime it was west boys de trail info would be all ova de news but hey they love these town rats running round!smh!

    • Bubbles says:

      Exactly! Toy soldiers working for the boys in blue!

    • Come Correct says:

      About time we had a pied piper come to town.

  12. S & B Pricks says:

    I Have One Thing To Say. RIP Shane Gone but Never Ever Will Be Forgotten.

  13. Alvin K. says:

    I guess being innocent until proven guilty for an offence charged means nothing here. It’s incredible to know that the public would call for a conviction where a person’s guilt (for an offence they are being tried for) has not been shown ‘beyond a reasonable doubt.’ We cannot convict on the reputation of men or women. Thankfully the justice system doesn’t has components in place to prevent that.

  14. topshop says:

    IT all comes down to EVIDENCE….. there obviously wasn’t enough evidence to prove they were guilty…. if you had been in court for all 6 weeks and listened to the judge you would understand – but i can almost guarantee that hardly ANYONE who has commnented here didn’t! get all your facts before you go blasting off! p.s. the jury WAS NOT THIER PEERS…. there was a 2 week selection process for this particular trial! if these men are so bad, they may be back on that dock again, but if you think positively…. they may JUST try to straighten up their lives…. and if they don’t – the evidence STILL WAS NOT THERE…………………………..