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2 guards allegedly stabbed by prisoners @ HMP

Two prison guards were reportedly stabbed by prisoners during a brawl at Her Majesty's Prison in Balsam Ghut, Tortola today, August 19, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
On Wednesday August 9, 2017 Dominican Republic national Santo Yamarco Hernandez, who is charged with the murder of Alston E. Penn, was taken to Peebles Hospital after being stabbed at Her Majesty's Prison. Photo: VINO/File
On Wednesday August 9, 2017 Dominican Republic national Santo Yamarco Hernandez, who is charged with the murder of Alston E. Penn, was taken to Peebles Hospital after being stabbed at Her Majesty's Prison. Photo: VINO/File
BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- It was around 2:40 P.M. today, August 19, 2017 that a brawl ensued at Her Majesty’s Prison, the state’s only penitentiary, located at Balsam Ghut on the main island of Tortola.

According to sources close to the situation, it appears that three prisoners were engaged in the alleged stabbing of two prison guards.

The situation surrounding the incident remains sketchy; however, it is also our understanding that a key used to open certain areas of the prison facility has been missing.

It is also our understanding that the security guards had to seek medical attention at Peebles Hospital.

Police are on the scene investigating the matter as well as Superintendent of Prison Mr David Foot.

We will bring more details as they come in.

Recent stabbings at Her Majesty’s Prison

Prior to today, there were reportedly two incidents of stabbing atHer Majesty’s Prison.

On Wednesday August 9, 2017 Dominican Republic national Santo Yamarco Hernandez, who is charged with the murder of Alston E. Penn, was taken to Peebles Hospital after being stabbed.

And on July 29, 2017, Denzil Osborne aka ‘Snake’ was stabbed at HMP following a fight involving three men outside their prison cell.

44 Responses to “2 guards allegedly stabbed by prisoners @ HMP”

  • Hmmm (19/08/2017, 17:19) Like (17) Dislike (22) Reply
    They need to get rid of foot never heard anything like that before.
    • well, well (19/08/2017, 18:37) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      Someone is slipping big time up in that prison. Seems like that is the norm. Key missing, officers and inmates getting stabbed. Hate to say this but, don't be surprised if those inmates start a full blown prison riot.
    • @hmmm (20/08/2017, 16:55) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      Foot is a minor part of the problem....the senior officers up there pushing contraband in and out of that place for they being forced to play by the rules and cant take it. Up there need a serious house cleaning and foot needed to do that months ago
    • yes (20/08/2017, 17:23) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      For real
  • 911 (19/08/2017, 17:52) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
  • WELP (19/08/2017, 18:45) Like (76) Dislike (0) Reply
    Looks like Mr Foot needs a Hand
  • secret (19/08/2017, 19:30) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
    They need to tell people who letting out prisoners at nights to come on the roads murder people, be with their girls and partners then go in in the early mornings.
    • Bird in bushes (19/08/2017, 20:52) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
      @Secret, ding, ding, correct. I heard about that a while back. Dudeeee, it is nothing but big time corruption in that place up on the hill. You know they say $$$$$$ talks. They need to get that place in check for real.
    • AT & T (19/08/2017, 21:28) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
      And some got access to cell phones while locked up SMH the BVI justice system for you
    • Hmm (19/08/2017, 23:16) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      Like u know alot wa u dont say then since it seems like u know whats going on
  • @ (19/08/2017, 19:36) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who is this picking cotton foot tho?
  • What Now? (19/08/2017, 19:39) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Keep everyone on lock down, get the locks changed and add more locks. What do the security cameras say?
  • sad (19/08/2017, 19:43) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Prisoners run things at that facility and those in charge facilitate it. Sad.
  • time (19/08/2017, 21:16) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    It is time for a woman to run that prison. A woman running that prison, everything would be in order. Yes, there are women running prisons and they run a tight ship.
  • oh (19/08/2017, 21:39) Like (20) Dislike (6) Reply
    They had over 40 comments crucifying action man wife for her new post at the college but the white man prison get 8 comments and no serious call for that man to be fired and new leadership put in place. We have some real serious criminals up there and its more than obvious that the head and his team are not capable of running an efficient facility. If it was a local running it then you all would find your mouth to chat shit.
    • @oh (20/08/2017, 21:00) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Someone earlier said Foot is a "minor part of the problem". Let it had been a Virgin Islander, they would have been saying he's not qualified. The Slave Mentality in this place runs deep. What a sick bunch...
  • Dragon (19/08/2017, 22:13) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    If a key is missing is not the first thing you do change the lock?
  • OG (19/08/2017, 22:38) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    You all keep sleeping on those prisoners. Yeah I believe a riot is going to break out in that prison soon. When it does, I want to see just how it is going to be handled.
    • Let's see (20/08/2017, 12:32) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      @OG, I guess they are going to call in some of those hard core prison guards from ST. Thomas with the riot gears to calm S.,t down. Of course it is only a matter of time before the inmates seize that prison. Of course they are getting out at nights and doing what they want and returning before the sun comes up.Foot you you need to really check your staff.
  • just asking... (20/08/2017, 00:56) Like (5) Dislike (14) Reply
    Myron over hmp any surprise?
  • hello (20/08/2017, 07:22) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    Sorry but ur report is wrong, I work at the prison and nine of me fellow offices was stabbed, yes they was I a fight with a few inmates on the security wing and yes a key is missing so the prison is on locked down until we get that key
    • Good luck with that (20/08/2017, 10:00) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      @hello, LOL, what kind of answer is that about prison is on lock down untill the missing key is found. You know good and well that key is not going to be found. The damn locks should have been changed the minute the key was missing. I believe inmates are leaving under the cover of darkness and returning before daybreak.
    • @hello (20/08/2017, 14:30) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      You dam lie , can't spell behind. You ain working at no prison and why lock down till you find key? Somebody using it until then. So a smart thinker would change locks
    • Candi (21/08/2017, 09:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      You have some nerve even commenting on this. All of you guards are nothing but crooks that abuse your power and it was only a matter of time before things got out of hand. These people are locked up yes, but you guards are a big problem. Constantly having sexual intercourse with each other on the job, breaking all the rules and making moves without Foot's knowledge. Those guys are human beings with feelings and rights and just because they're locked up doesn't mean they should be mistreated. Of course they will eventually flip out!!!
  • 8th district gyal (20/08/2017, 07:49) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
    Sad day. I clearly remember when Mr. Foot was on his way in..his resume says he was imminently qualified and experienced. Well, clearly something has gone amiss. This is a true reflection of why we need to train and hire our own people. If he was back home, he would have been relieved of his position a long time ago. Why do we continue to settle for leadership which is considered poor performance?

    It is time for him to go.
  • Marcia (20/08/2017, 08:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the comments are true, perhaps an inquiry is needed before attributing blame to anyone, particularly in relation to funding and resources for the prison.
  • Helpfoot (20/08/2017, 08:50) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Foot hands are tied. These prisoners especially those from these islands (BVI) are being empowered by family members, in some cases politicians and even the views of some sect of the general public who treated them as heros. This is the only place i know where criminals are idolized and the victims of their crimes are are forgotten. The Prisoner Officers are unable to do what they are paid for because of these same influences. Mark this, things will get worst up there if we as a society do not change our attitude. Our schools are plague with youths if not for the heroic acts of teachers. While some parents are doing all that they could do there are those who do not care about their children who are allowed to anything they like until they break the law and are sent to prison then they blame someone else. Foot or not if we do not change our behavior towards law and order and stem the flow of anti social behavior starting in our homes with our own children things will certainly go south or notthbfrom here.
  • disappointed (20/08/2017, 09:38) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    How s d prison on lock down wen a guard was assaulted this morning? This goverment need to get real, they dont want to hire staff and fixed the prison they don't even audit the prison if they do they will c wats going on, up there full of cellular phone business days, inmates have weed business rum business, gangs rubbing and keeping other inmates hostage and the management just can't deal with wats going on
  • Marcia (20/08/2017, 09:59) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Helpfoot is bang on. Public inquiry is needed. I no longer feel safe for myself and children on our beautiful island. The Governor is walking into a nightmare. Action and an urgent review is needed to support Foot and his officers to stop this foolishness.
  • jah no (20/08/2017, 10:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the government serious about tourism they will fix that place minister of education u n d governer need to come meet with the staff the staff cannot talk to the managment team anythimg u tell them the inmates no b4 u leave there office so they cannot fixed any problems please minister
  • Wait (20/08/2017, 12:38) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    The prison is under Myron. How come he isn't giving a press release? I geuss there's no political points to gain here.
  • Lord o (20/08/2017, 17:10) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is like a serious joke now...some serious changes need to be made at that prison... It can't continue this way
  • wize up (20/08/2017, 17:59) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    more dark days ahead for BVI: the new governor not swearing in by the HOA as per custom; we send him to the supreme court for that exercise and that may or may not sit well with his other UK affiliate such the commissioner of the police; the DPP, auditor general and Buckingham and the big man at the prison another uk alliterate .....this place crawling with Scotland yard operatives........them we turned down the royal navy; but all in all the bvi will be ok!!!!!!!
  • My only comment (20/08/2017, 21:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Get this, plain and simple. THE INMATES own and I am not saying all but, own most of the Correction Staff. That is the reason why S,!t is always popping off.
  • The Phantom (20/08/2017, 21:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    You can get anything you request up on the hill. drugs, liquor, cell, steak, lobster. And the list goes on.
    • wize up (21/08/2017, 05:55) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Inmates are people 2: it's called a correction facility for a reason: some floks are just in the BVI for Money Gram or Wester Union(the 15 and end of month)
  • hold on (20/08/2017, 21:55) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    Her majesty going deal wid All you just now. y'all chased her ship
  • wize up (20/08/2017, 22:24) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    I reading some person or persons attempted break or enter the police station to retreave scooters: poor group can't even protect itself from intruders and some expects them to slove the crime BVI(go figure) set a wate
  • me (21/08/2017, 08:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    So they think by stabbing guards they will get out earlier? I mean common sense is a sin up there.
  • jj (21/08/2017, 10:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    what else is new here
  • Drugs (21/08/2017, 11:35) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Guys...If they shut down contraband, cell phones, and freedom, you will then have LOTS of problems.
    It would be like locking up a wild animal in a cage for hours, then letting it out. The results would be inevitable.

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