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Death of Frandie Cover-up? Urine sample reportedly vanishes, boat re-sprayed

Death of Frandie Cover-up? Urine sample reportedly vanishes, boat re-sprayed

The plot around the boating accident on October 16, 2021 that took the life of local resident Frandie M. Martin Jr., seems to have more questions than answers.

The boat Blue Bayou, belonging to Andrew Morrell which will be used as part of the evidence, has been repaired and re-sprayed over at a boatyard in Nanny Cay and released to its owner according to information obtained from sources familiar with the situation.

It is unclear now why the boat was released to Mr Morrell, if the evidence of the boat has already been fully documented or why the vessel was not kept in police custody until the investigation was concluded.

“A jury may have to rely on still photos,” a senior lawyer told our newsroom on condition of anonymity.

Frandie Martin Jr. suffered severe and fatal injuries and later died.


Where is the urine sample?


It is also our newsroom's understanding that Mr Morrell’s urine sample taken hours after the accident by the Dr. D Orlando Smith Hospital has reportedly disappeared. Officials of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) are tight-lipped as to who took the urine sample at the hospital lab and where it was stored.

There are also unconfirmed reports that after the accident, Mr. Morrell wanted to speak to two high-ranking UK nationals, the Police Commissioner and the Governor, however, our news centre could not independently verify these claims.

It is also our newsroom's understanding that Mr Andrew Morrell’s urine sample taken hours after the accident by the Dr. D Orlando Smith Hospital has disappeared. Officials of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) are tight-lipped as to who took the urine sample at the hospital lab and where it was stored.


Two legal systems?


Since Martin’s death, there has been public and social media pressure over the circumstances surrounding the boat accident that occurred at night, and whether the VI legal system is colour blind.

It was six months later (April 13, 2022) that the Director of Public Prosecution announced that Mr. Morrell has been charged with Manslaughter, Causing Serious Injury to a Person while on Board a Vessel; and Failing to Render Assistance after a Collision.

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