Jamaican sex convict gets lifeline from Bermudian court re deportation | Loop Jamaica

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The Bermudian Supreme Court has given a convicted Jamaican sex offender a possible lifeline of remaining in that country after a judge stayed his deportation order.

Brittonie Taylor, who served eight years for sexual assault, is contesting the deportation order to send him back to Jamaica.

Puisne Judge Larry Mussenden, however, indicated that he would not quash the deportation order, Bermuda’s Royal Gazette Newspaper reported last week.

Instead, the judge said he would stay it so that Taylor could make written submissions to the Minister of National Security for Bermuda relative to why he should not be deported.

“I am satisfied on the balance of probabilities that the process was unfair because of the failure to make full disclosure of the information to be provided to the minister in the circumstances of the draconian nature of deportation,” Mussenden was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

“However, I find that the lack of full disclosure can be remedied in this case by further disclosure and the opportunity for the applicant to make further submissions, as desired, which in effect answers the main thrust of his case,” the judge added.

Mussenden insisted too, that the duty for full disclosure was greatly required in light of Taylor’s “ties to Bermuda”, as he is married to a Bermudian, albeit the marriage being estranged, and he has Bermudian children.

Taylor has lived on the island since 2000, and has four Bermudian children. He said in an affidavit that he has a 23-year-old stepdaughter, 17-year-old twins, and a 10-year-old son with his Bermudian wife.

According to the newspaper, Taylor was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2012 after he pleaded guilty to a sex attack on a woman at a bus stop in Smith’s parish in Bermuda a year earlier.

He admitted that he carried his victim to an isolated area and forced her to perform a sex act on him.

Taylor also attempted to rape the woman, but she was able to alert a passer-by to the attack.

The sentence was later reduced to 14 years by the Court of Appeal, the newspaper said.

Taylor also admitted to twice accosting a female jogger in a neighbouring parish 35 minutes before the bus stop attack, and was sentenced to another year in prison for intruding on her privacy.

The Jamaican was released from prison in October of 2020, and was due to be flown back to Jamaica on March 29 of this year.

But Taylor’s legal woes escalated after he was hauled before a Bermudian magistrate’s court after he was arrested on March 28 for an alleged failure to attend a pre-flight COVID-19 test and breach of an order to quarantine.

The court was told that he made threatening comments while he was being taken to prison after his arrest, and said he would ‘take the whole plane down’ if he is deported.

But, due to legal proceedings filed by Taylor contesting his removal from Bermuda, a subsequent deportation flight that was scheduled for the Jamaican did not go ahead.