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Allen Baptiste allegedly at centre of major disturbance at HMP – source

- Prison officers said to be on ‘high alert’
According to reports reaching Virgin Islands News Online, security officers at Her Majesty’s Prison are on high alert after an alleged 'disturbing incident' at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) last evening, December 19, 2013. The incident reportedly led to the arrest and removal of convicted murderer Allen Baptiste who is serving a life sentence. Photo: VINO/File
Security at Her Majesty's Prison (HMP) is an issue that continues to be of major concern for relatives of inmates as well as prison officers. Photo: VINO/File
Security at Her Majesty's Prison (HMP) is an issue that continues to be of major concern for relatives of inmates as well as prison officers. Photo: VINO/File
BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI – According to reports reaching Virgin Islands News Online, security officers at Her Majesty’s Prison are on high alert after an alleged “disturbing incident” at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) last evening, December 19, 2013. The incident reportedly led to the arrest and removal of convicted murderer Allen Baptiste who is serving a life sentence.

Information is sketchy but, according to sources close to the facility, HMP is on high alert as its management was forced to come together to devise urgent strategies to deal with what was described as an incident that can result in ‘major incidents’ in the holding facility.

Exactly what transpired is unknown and efforts to secure necessary information from the recently appointed Superintendant of Prisons Mr David Foot have been futile.

Reliable sources have informed this news site that ever since committed to life without parole, Mr Baptiste has allegedly been at the centre of several fracases at the facility.

“Last night they would have had serious bloodshed and the other things. This place is not properly secured and them men got plans, they got plans and what happen last night was only phase one. I can’t say much but they got to get on top of things in there and stop all the political talks,” said a concerned relative of one of the inmates.

Contacted by Virgin Islands News Online, Police Information Officer Diane Drayton did not disclose a name but said “one prisoner is in custody. No charges have been laid as yet.”

Security at HMP is an issue that continues to be of major concern for relatives of inmates as well as prison officers.

45 Responses to “Allen Baptiste allegedly at centre of major disturbance at HMP – source”

  • True (20/12/2013, 15:01) Like (33) Dislike (4) Reply
    Prisoners with Life without parole need to be shipped out to UK to secure Cat A+ holding facility. The prison here is not meant to hold this class of prisoner.
    • Renee (20/12/2013, 16:32) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
      Someone is going to wipe that stupid grin off his face for good.
    • better idea (20/12/2013, 18:14) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
      How about shipping him to a prison to somewhere like Peru, Nepal or Nigeria - see how tough this idiot is then!
  • Peng (20/12/2013, 15:01) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    If he is that dangerous the uk has provision for him to be sent to one of the many prisons in the uk. Send him there and forget about him. Let him deal with the small spaces and overcrowding in the uk system with all the bullies. Maybe he needs some of that to behave. Simple. If you don't learn by now well you need to be made an example of.
  • Send him egland (20/12/2013, 15:01) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    like the govornor wasting time with dis convicted Mordarar.Send him to england under ground prison.
  • gg (20/12/2013, 15:05) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
    deeds bad bouy aint playin yall
    • Glen (20/12/2013, 16:27) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply

      Over And OUT!!!! No one is going to take his SH_T for too

  • ??? (20/12/2013, 15:11) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Send all murder convicts to the UK for holding. Nuff said, what's the problem really?
  • family members (20/12/2013, 15:24) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    They lockdown the jail for one long now this guy been acting up an they would not lock him down but they lockdown everyone else.that's not right.
  • rain (20/12/2013, 15:38) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    A straight jacket and tranquilizers should do the job.
  • JACK BE STILL (20/12/2013, 15:57) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ship him to the uk
  • Eagle (20/12/2013, 16:24) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Send him to england at a maximum security facility.
  • Scary Mary (20/12/2013, 16:28) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply

    Clearly, Mr. Bapriste needs to be in a high security prison. Perhaps Mr. Foot and the Governor can make arrangements to have him transferred to such a facility outside the BVI?

    He needs to be under heavy guard and sequestered from the rest of the inmate population.

    Any inmate who can cause a riot, poses a major problem and we all know that our prison is not even close to being escape proof! Nip it in the bud, get him and any other inmates who follow with similar behaviour, gone! Split them up and put them wherever they will have no power over others and where they can't associate with their buddies.

    Has anyone noticed that for the first time in 14 years, there have been no murders in 2013? Now that we finally have most of the criminal powerhouses off the streets, suddenly, there are no murders! Makes you think doesn't it?

    Thank God for the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force and US Customs. Merry Christmas to all of us! Good luck Mr. Foot. You are going to need it! Despite what some say, the majority of us are behind you and pray you will be able to make positive changes up there.

  • PAM (20/12/2013, 16:29) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    He gonna get his fast.
  • Guwop (20/12/2013, 17:18) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
    UK?! LOL ayo really think that the UK will take them?! HAHA U wish! and it dont have no overcrowed prisons or underground prisons up here... get your facts proper people.
  • call (20/12/2013, 19:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the ting start now!!!
  • Realist (20/12/2013, 20:05) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply

    All ayo soo stupid ayo ain kno the kinda unjust %^^&& da ppl dem going tru in that prison ..

  • hmmmmmm (20/12/2013, 20:33) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply


  • Legal Team and V.I Constitution (20/12/2013, 21:32) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    Her Majesty-The Queen will be pleased that Her peaceful Citizens and obedient residents will no longer stand for,and support lawlessness in Her peaceful bVI,where people are suppose to live without fear of being killed or attack physically by ruthless murderers,who do not want to enjoy their life-time imprisonment sentence.

    It is your Constitutional [Fundamental RIGHT] to blogg-as [EXPRESSION of freedom of speech].

    You can blogg and blogg until the Minister get VEX and report you to Madam Speaker in Parliament!!

    I am enjoying my freedom,sitting behind a computer,BLOGGING freely on VINO,making phone calls to my senior BVI Citizens and texing.

    I am pleased that the people of the BVI have taken a stance against those criminals and convicted murderers.I respect persons Convicted of Crimes,but if after Conviction you are behaving bad;that is a clear sign,that you are a THREAT to SOCIETY!

    Let them know that the citizens must be at peace at their homes, work and businesses without threats of violence from those who have no regard for human life and human safety.

    My dear BVI Citizens,Her Majesty gave you Fundamental Rights and Freedoms:Don't Kill [murder] your fellow citizens:You want to enjoy your life,don't take another person's life:

    Section 11 of the V.I Constitution,declares [Protection of Right to life] and Her Majesty's V.I Constitution states:-

    [""(1) Every person has a RIGHT to LIFE which shall be protected by LAW-

    (2) No person shall be deprived INTENTIONALLY of his or her LIFE""]

    If you commit MURDER,you VIOLATE the Fundamental RIGHT of the Murdered-Person,

    AND,you further committed a Criminal Offence of MURDER, under section 150 of the BVI Criminal Code.

    You were found Guilty of the Crime! Do your TIME!

    I am calling on His Excellency,The Governor,Her Majesty's representatives in these beautiful Virgin Islands, to DECLARE a [""Period of Public emergency""] at Her Majesty's Prison,in accordance with section 27 of the V.I Constitution Order 2007,because this convicted MURDERER is about to threaten NATIONAL SECURITY in Her Majesty's BVI-Prison system:

    Section 27 of the V.I Constitution states:-[Provisions for period of Public Emergency] Let us all read:-

    [""(1) A period of PUBLIC EMERGENCY may be DECLARED by the Governor,by proclamation published in the manner provided in subsection (2), when-

    (a) The well-being or SECURITY of the Virgin Islands is THREATENED by war,invasion,general insurrection,PUBLIC DISORDER,natural disaster or other public emergency;and

    (b) The DECLARATION is considered NECESSARY by the Governor to maintain or RESTORE PEACE and ORDER""].

    In my view and opinion,this convicted MURDERER is a THREAT to other prisoners[INSIDE HER MAJESTY's PRISON] A threat to other prisoners who are doing their time for their crime against Her Majesty's peace, so the Governor should NOT allow this ONE-man to plan any more MURDERS in prison! LOCK DOWN the PRISON,under the [Periods of Public Emergency] Put him a cell by Himself!

    Please Governor, put this prison under public emergency lock down,then bring in the HMS Warships,to transport this convicted murderer; to a prison in the UK,where he does not know any of the other prisoners.

    I once visited a prison in UK;the prisoners are big in size and they are physically fit and strong.

    Other prisoners must be protected.Use section 27 of the V.I Constitution,to control this man.
    • .... (21/12/2013, 08:36) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Legal Team Wrote - "Please Governor, put this prison under public emergency lock down,then bring in the HMS Warships,to transport this convicted murderer; to a prison in the UK,where he does not know any of the other prisoners."

      Bring a war ship to take one person to the UK. My god you people are stupid. Dumbest comment ever.
      • bring a warship for him (21/12/2013, 14:55) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        what is more precious, spending a million dollars to bring a warship or baptiste killing more people? He looking for war,so bring a warship for him; he is too dangerous to be flown by plane.the us and uk usually spend 3 million dollars on one bomb in defense of their citizens against terrorist. bring one of the HMS WARSHIPS to remove this RIOTER from the prison.I was born DUMB,I live DUMB,and I will die DUMB.Legal team SAY, send a UK WARSHIP for this DANGEROUS MURDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Sign-DUMB Legal Team.
      • who care who dumbest? (21/12/2013, 16:53) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
        ok, dont bring a war ship, just bring donkey,a horse and ride mr.baptiste to the uk,yeah,call me dumest also.boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
  • Concern Citizen (20/12/2013, 21:42) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    These inmates have to realize this a jail and not a freedom campground as to go as they wish. What privileage they want to spend christmas with their families, nonsense. First place, they got themselves in their.
  • concern (21/12/2013, 01:43) Like (1) Dislike (10) Reply

    lockdown what a sin thing , bvi Islanders , I can't believe u all , these pple slave pple , take notice the white heading all departments now , that is the issue what become of us who born here , mr baptist the least

  • kmt (21/12/2013, 03:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    Just like the high school...every manchild abusing their 'rights'...bcause d system soft....

  • set o jokers (21/12/2013, 03:15) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

    I know a place(JA)..u violate any authority figure in jail and ur @r$e is grass...u hav d right to sit and keep quiet-threatening others in public!...u mad! party aint keeping-its ur nine night/singing/deadyard....God save ur soul....d problem in the bvi is that these convicts evolving faster than the sh!tstem designed to keep them in check-

  • Talktola (21/12/2013, 07:12) Like (5) Dislike (9) Reply

    Smh!!..i dose wonder if ayo dumb ppl serious!!!! Jail is already a punishment why ayo suggesting all them retarded thing find out wa the officers be doing da inmates up there this whole system on tola doin ppl children wrong n keeping it under wraps and yall soo stupid yal encouraging more $?@k!!!!

    • to talk tola (21/12/2013, 10:41) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      when they pump bullets in people children,it wanst wrong? he is convicted mordarar;let him be seen as a mordarar
  • Legal Team & BVI Law (21/12/2013, 08:47) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good VINO,your free and democratic news site is allowing the citizens and residents of Her Majesty, to express themselves,despite the warning in parliament that the Government Minister is VEX with BLOGGERS!

    Let us all read section 15 of the V.I Constitution,which defines [""Protection of right to personal Liberty""]

    Her Majesty-The Queen of Buckingham Palace-UK, declared in section 15 of the V.I Constitution,the following as a bestowed RIGHT,but with EXCEPTIONS!:

    The V.I Constitution States:-

    [""(1) Every person has the RIGHT to LIBERTY and SECURITY of the PERSON-

    (2) No person shall be deprived of his or her PERSONAL LIBERTY,save/(EXCEPT) as may be AUTHORIZED by LAW in any of the following cases-

    (a) IN THE EXECUTION OF THE SENTENCE or ORDER of a COURT (whether of the Virgin Islands or otherwise) in respect of a CRIMINAL-Offence of which that PERSON has been CONVICTED or in respect of any other ORDER of the COURT""]

    So,according to the Constitution,when you are CONVICTED by a Court-of-Law,and you are SENTENCED to Prison, your RIGHT to [Personal Liberty] under the V.I Constitution, is hereby SUSPENDED!

    [You have no more RIGHT of Personal Liberty!!!!]

    According to section 15 subsection (2) (a) of the V.I Constitution,when you are in Prison at [Her Majesty's Prison] you DON'T have Freedom of personal Liberty!

    You are to be LOCKED AWAY from Society:

    In BVI Society, persons are allowed to be free!

    But when you are in Prison,you are NOT FREE: Prison officers MUST Control you!

    Prison is Prison, and Prison means Prison!

    Lock up the man in a cell by himself: Make a special 10 x 6 CELL for this DANGEROUS Convicted Murderer!

    The V.I Constitution gives Prison officers the AUTHORITY, to LOCK YOU IN A CELL;behind prison Concrete walls [Inside a GAGE!

    That is the law of the land,for ALL of you CONVICTED-MURDERER,who MURDERED Her Majesty's Free-Citizens in the BVI!
  • Tek Dat & Tek Dat (21/12/2013, 14:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    only vino will publish dat in dis free dam cuntry tek dat more law more contitution on de frot page again tek dat.Look de legal team writer give us de daaam law and de constitution and how de govornor have de power to put dis muhderah in lock down. tek dat de constitution take away a man right for freedom if him in prison tek dat. Thank you again legal team for reading de bvi law on vino for all to see tek dat. we doh need to say nothing more tek dat. de govornor have to get dis menace baptiste from hiere tek dat. what bad treatment him getting in prison?tek dat. he muhrder a man let him feel de mental pain of no freedom tek dat.him eating, drinking,pissing, sheeting,bathing and may be ('b' u' l' in) tek dat in your k-k-ho - ole. we outside of prison in nice society,suck in lady pu...c, we not killing ppll we dislike tek dat,,we only getting vex in hoa tek dat;; we gettin vex with all blogggar tek dat..we enjoying we freedom, stay in balo with sen tence tek dat. put he in lock dowm mr. govornor and leh tek dat.......& dat & dat & tek dat.
  • @Talktola (21/12/2013, 19:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    If he wanted rights he woikd not hav violated that of others....stay talking-if my mother steal/murder an reach bonson anything she get up dere she to dat

  • deport (21/12/2013, 19:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    where he born? hare or elsewhare.just deport he AAAAAAAAAssss
    • !!!!!!!! (22/12/2013, 15:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Having disordered thoughts creates anxiety. Anxiety leads to fear and not feeling safe.
  • dummies should nt blog (21/12/2013, 22:02) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    legal team has not one sense of legal knowledge whatsoever, stop posting your crap. do you realize how foolish you sound. I hope people who read your rubbish do not think all residents of the Vi are as ignorant as yourself.
    • who causing disturbance? (22/12/2013, 20:20) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      A murderer at HMP or Legal Team?

      So what if legal team have no sense? or Legal team is foolish or writes rubbish?

      But i am not VEX, i am just happy and free: I am not cursing disturbance in Her Majesty's Free BVI.

      If I die now,it will not be because of what you write.

      I live my life thinking of death can come anytime.I can die anytime,so I think love,not hate:

      so I live happily and I blogg freely. So much verbal abuse, legal team take already?Who cares?

      The V.I Constitution-How did it come into force? Let us read!
      [It was at the Court at BUCKINGHAM PALACE]

      Her Majesty-The Queen, on 13th June,2007,at the Court at Buckingham Palace,Present was the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty in Council, and after advice from Her Privy Council;Her Majesty,grant to Her BVI Citizens,Fundametal Rights and Freedoms,and as declared in section 15 of the V.I Constitution,it is a Right to personal liberty.

      But the said section,provides,that if you commit a crime and you are convicted,and sent to prison,YOU HAVE NO LIBERTY IN PRISON:

      Read section 15 of the V.I Constitution! And blogg freely of your INTERPRETATION:

      Read page 4 , then go to page 10, the latter page (10) is where you will find section 15 in the V.I Constitution:

      Blogging for me is like playing sports.I am just enjoying my freedom on VINO: are you VEX?
      • TEK DAT (22/12/2013, 23:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        if dem vex stay vex. a prison cell is like a gage, walls,iron bars,a gate with space and you lock inside,and a prison guard have de key,tek dat. prison guard open the cage to allow you out tek dat;
        good ting i get my copy of my vi contitution tek dat .i read section 15 tek dat; you kill people you have to stay in prison tek dat. blogg on the topic tek dat, what other blogger write is dem daaaaam bizniss tek gat. de legal team is who blogg on law tek dat..i reading on de bvi laaaaw so tek dat, read section 15 of de contitution tek dat,let vino print what de section 15 say tek dat,keep de morddaaraahh baptiste who kill people in jayle tek dat,let me read read foolisniss n crap n nonsence n what again? tek dat..let me read a blogg from legal team tek dat,we free tek dat,,we vex tek dat,bloggers make me vex in parliment tek dat
    • no correction (23/12/2013, 16:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      As a student,I decided to get a copy of the Virgin Islands Constitution,to look up section 15,to see if what the writer blogg about on the Constitution,is really true.I would have encourage students like myself to also get a Constitution and read from.I did go to page 10 and saw section 15 and I read the first set of paragraphs in section 15 of the Constitution.The caption is' protection of right to personal liberty' and the paragraphs follow.
      '15(1) Every person has the right to liberty and security of the person.
      (2) No person shall be deprived of his or her personal liberty,save as may be authorised by law in any of the following cases-
      (a) in execution of the sentence or order of a court (whether of the Virgin Islands or otherwise) in respect of a criminal offence of which that person has been convicted or in respect of any other order of the court'
      To the blogger dummies should nt blogg.I see you blogg to say'legal team has not one sense of legal knowledge whatsoever'. and then you made some other bashing comments about the legal blogger.I worked in a law firm,so I call a lawyer to explain that Constitution law to me.He explain that a prison cell is infact a lawful gage,where you are locked in and people who are sentenced to prison do not have right to personal liberty while the prison sentence is in effect,and prisoners do not have right to vote in general election.He told me that the only right a prisoner has in prison is the 'right to humane treatment' meaning that a prisoner must be treated humanely;but a prison cell is equal to a cage.When you are in prison,you are under lock and key.
      I have to say now that the legal blogger know onions about Constitution law.I learn something from the legal blogger,when you in prison,your right to personal liberty is taken away by the law and you are placed in a cage,under lock and key.
  • such a pity (22/12/2013, 09:40) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now all The inmates have to suffer because of mr.Ahole one meal a dat nd bathing when The guarda feel like they not dealing with problems efficiently and that prison slowly turning into a fugitive facility with these type of nonsense do ayuh job put He behind in solitary confinement for The rest of his life He might die faster like that
  • good morning vino (23/12/2013, 09:37) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    i just came from can garden bay beach. i have freeom of liberty in the constitution. no prison officer was spervising me on the beach. can baptiste leave the prison and go on the beach? if not, that means,he does not have freedom of liberty in prison. i agree with the constitution law on what is freedom of libertyin section 15 of the constitution.
  • What is Imprisonment!? (23/12/2013, 18:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    My law dictionary,written by Steven H.Gifis-Associate Professor of Law; defines the word[""Imprisonment""]

    Imprisonment ""The confinement of an individual to a particular place,usually in order to PUNISH HIM for a crime:
    Any deprivation of [LIBERTY!] ""].

    The law dictionary also make reference to an example of Imprisonment:-

    [""Status of imprisonment may affect certain (CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS !) ""].

    So,I am happy that Her Majesty's Citizens and Residents,who are blogging FREELY on VINO,have the academic qualities,to not listen to talkers and vex-bloggers,but to go and read the V.I Constitution for themselves.

    Whenever,I quote a section of the Law,go and read it for yourself.

    We must be thankful to VINO,for allowing the bloggers to blogg,because some of the derogotory words levelled at the legal team,are all ineffective-words,and the filthy words from filthy tongue and graveyard throats, will not smell filthy in good air!

    Next case:Where is the next breaking news;I want to blogg to make you VEX!

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