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10 of 25 matters completed for May criminal assizes

-15 adjourned
The High Court of the Virgin Islands wrapped up its law year yesterday, July 24, 2015 and reported that some 25 matters were brought to the court and 10 of those cases were completed for the last Criminal Assizes. Photo: VINO/File
Superintendent of Prisons Mr David Foot disclosed that Her Majesty's Prison in balsam Ghut currently has 139 prisoners with four of them being females and 4 juveniles. Photo: VINO/File
Superintendent of Prisons Mr David Foot disclosed that Her Majesty's Prison in balsam Ghut currently has 139 prisoners with four of them being females and 4 juveniles. Photo: VINO/File
Her Majesty's Prison in Balsam Ghut currently operates with 93 staff, including 7 civilian workers. Photo: VINO/File
Her Majesty's Prison in Balsam Ghut currently operates with 93 staff, including 7 civilian workers. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The High Court of the Virgin Islands wrapped up its law year yesterday, July 24, 2015 and reported that some 25 matters were brought to the court and 10 of those were completed for the last criminal assizes which began in May.

This is according to  senior prosecutor Mr Valston Graham, who delivered his report to High Court Judge Nicole Byer.

Mr Graham said of the 10 cases completed, there were 4 guilty verdicts, 1 acquittal and 3 cases were discontinued by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Of the 15 matters adjourned, 3 were on the request of the prosecution, 5 could not be accomodated by the court while five were recent committals.

The new law year begins in September.

HMP accomodating 139 prisoners

Meanwhile, Superintendent of Prisons Mr David Foot disclosed that Her Majesty's Prison in Balsam Ghut currently has 139 prisoners with four of them being females and 4 juveniles.

He also said the prison operates with 93 staff, including 7 civilian workers.

Mr Foot described the prison as stable and quiet and said repairs to the roofs of the prison, the continuation of its rehabilitation programme for prisoners, and the receiving of more than 30 handcuffs, were among of the positives of the prison for the past year.

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