These consolidated proceedings concern the assessment of damages for false imprisonment. The Plaintiffs entered the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) illegally and were apprehended and detained at the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) for different periods of about 316 or 320 days. The Defendants admitted liability for false imprisonment. 

The Plaintiffs were unlawfully detained by Police and Immigration Officers and asked to produce their proof of status. They were unable to show proof of status and were taken to the Detention Center for processing and to ascertain their legal status. It was subsequently discovered that the Plaintiffs were well documented, long-term residents of the Islands holding status (PRCs). The Defendants admitted liability and the Court was left to determine the quantum of damages for their false imprisonment, unlawful detention and for assault and battery.