ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands, Thursday February 25, 2016 – A New Zealand national in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has been fined US$45,000 on each of two manslaughter charges, more than a year after a boat he captained crashed into a reef and killed two work colleagues.
Yesterday, a day after he was found guilty, a High Court judge gave Stephen Fossi five days to pay the $90,000 in relation to the deaths of Jamaican Howard Anderson and American Kari Anne Way. If he does not pay up by next Monday he will have to spend two years behind bars.
Anderson and Way, both of whom worked with Fossi at the Oil Nut Bay, a residential development located on the eastern peninsula of Virgin Gorda, were among passengers on the inflatable vessel, ‘The Inevitable’, which reportedly struck a rock in the vicinity of Cow Mouth, near Leverick Bay, on January 24, 2015.
Fossi, 43, and three other workmates were also injured in the accident.
The boat occupants had been travelling back to Oil Nut Bay after being out for entertainment, when the accident occurred.
Fossi was at the time employed at Oil Nut Bay as the director of marine operations, a position he held for 10 years.