BVI Governor John Duncan has issued an order for convicted rapist Franklyn Huggins to be deported from the British Virgin Islands.
The St Kitts and Nevis native was convicted and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment in 2010.
Then judge, Justice Hariprashad-Charles, handed down the sentence after a nine-member jury found Huggins guilty.
The court heard that he raped one of his then girlfriend’s relative who was 15 years old at the time. Huggins was 49.
The incident unfolded at the convict’s Soldier’s Hill residence.
Huggins appealed the sentence and conviction, but lost.
In making the order for his deportation, Governor John Duncan relied on the Immigration and Passport Ordinance.
It said the governor ‘may’ order a deportation of any non-Belonger convicted of an offence in the Territory that is punishable with imprisonment for three months or more.
In the deportation order signed on December 13, Governor Duncan said: “[I] do hereby order the said Franklyn Huggins to leave the Territory of the Virgin Islands on or before the expiration of seven days from the date on which a copy of this order is served on him by an immigration officer or a police officer, and thereafter to remain out of the Territory; and I do further order that the said Franklyn Huggins be placed on board the first available ship or aircraft about to leave the Territory, and that the said Franklyn Huggins may be detained until he is placed on a ship or an aircraft, unless he appeals to the governor in writing against the making of this order before the expiration of the said period of seven days.”