In the Pitcairn sexual assault trial of seven men living on Pitcairn Island faced 55 charges relating to sexual offences against children and young people. The accused represented a third of the island's male population and included Steve Christian , the mayor. On 24 October, all but one of the defendants were found guilty on at least some of the charges. The trial was repeatedly punctuated by legal challenges from island residents, who denied the island's colonial status, and with it the United Kingdom 's judicial authority. Defence lawyers for the seven accused men claimed that British sovereignty over the islands was unconstitutional: HMS Bounty mutineers , from whom almost all of the current island population is descended together with Polynesians , had effectively renounced their British citizenship by committing a capital offence in the burning of the Bounty in , they said. According to the Public Defender of the Pitcairn Islands  Paul Dacre who was appointed in , islanders still celebrated this act annually by burning an effigy of the Bounty in a symbolic rejection of British rule. In a judgment delivered on 18 April , the Pitcairn Supreme Court specially established for the purpose of the trial, consisting of New Zealand judges authorised by the British government rejected the claim that Pitcairn was not British territory. The trial started on 30 September Verdicts were delivered on 24 October , with all but one of the defendants convicted on at least some of the charges they were facing. Those found guilty were sentenced on 29 October
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The women of Pitcairn Island are angry. They say the outside world has a skewed perception of how their tiny community functions. They believe their menfolk, seven of whom go on trial today on child sex abuse charges, are victims of a miscarriage of justice. Yesterday they spoke at a rare public meeting attended by 13 women from three generations, almost the entire adult female population of Pitcairn. Their message was that the men had committed no crimes. The island, they said, had a tradition of under-age sex that dated from the days when it was settled by Fletcher Christian and the Bounty mutineers. Their voices cracked with emotion, but they did not present a picture of unity.
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Eighteen years have passed since the arrival of the Bounty mutineers on Pitcairn Island. The last of these mutineers has just died and the island is now populated solely by their widows and Read all Eighteen years have passed since the arrival of the Bounty mutineers on Pitcairn Island. The last of these mutineers has just died and the island is now populated solely by their widows and children including Thursday October Christian, son of Fletcher Christian. Onto this island
Skip navigation! Story from Photography. In I spent an arduous three months working on a photography project about Pitcairn, a tiny island measuring just two by one miles, halfway between New Zealand and Chile. There is one way on and off: by sea, aboard a quarterly supply vessel. As a child, I was an avid reader. One book that had a particularly lasting influence was the true story of the Mutiny on the Bounty , a rip-roaring high-seas adventure charting the ill-fated mission of HMS Bounty. After taking a group of mainly female Tahitian captives, the men went in search of Utopia, eventually heading for Pitcairn, an uninhabited and mischarted island where no one would find them. The Pitcairners of today are largely descendants of this motley crew. Six of these men still live on the island; one is the current mayor.