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May 21st, 2013
UPDATE: Fmr prison officer Morton has case to answer - Magistrate

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards has ruled that former Prison Officer, Steve Morton does indeed have a case to answer before the court and has thrown out a no case submission made by the defence.

April 23rd, 2013
Inmate alleges illegal phones commonplace at HM Prison

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Murder accused Jessroy McKelly made a series of allegations and complaints when he appeared before the Magistrate’s Court recently.

April 8th, 2013
HM Prison inmate escapes & is recaptured

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Her Majesty’s prison inmate Andrew Angus Penn has been charged with escaping lawful custody after escaping from the prison compound at Balsum Ghut on Saturday April 6, 2013.

March 26th, 2013
Prisoner Jessroy McKelly rushed to hospital after alleged suicide attempt

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- News just reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that Her Majesty's Prison inmate Jessroy McKelly has been rushed to Peebles Hospital following an alleged suicide attempt.

March 1st, 2013
UPDATE: Near riot at HMP following stabbing of inmate

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- There was another scare for prison officers yesterday, February 28, 2013 as inmates of Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsum Ghut became uneasy following the stabbing of Wakima Lettsome.

February 21st, 2013
HMP admonished to hire locally

ROAD TOWN, Tortola - Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron V. Walwyn this morning, February 21, 2013 admonished that those conducting interviews to fill vacancies at Her Majesty Prison (HMP) to do everything possible to hire locally. "He who has ears let him ear," Hon. Walwyn stated emphatically.

February 13th, 2013
Despite $294,937.97 contract, HMP still without proper fencing!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The issue of safety and security at Her Majesty’s Prison continues to be a sore point and its reality was evident in the a recent jail break among several other security breaches in the past and once left unattended or if the slothful action of the present government continues, an even worse situation lurks.

December 19th, 2012
UPDATE: Richard D. Holder was a man of distinction & honour- Premier Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola VI- The late Superintendent of Prisons Richard Dacosta Holder was laid to rest today December 19, 2012 amid glowing tributes from the upper echelon of society including Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith and Governor Boyd McCleary.

December 12th, 2012
UPDATE: Funeral date for Richard Holder still unknown

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Almost three weeks since well known Superintendent of Prisons Richard Holder passed away, no funeral date has yet been confirmed for his burial. Mr Holder died on November 24, 2012.

November 17th, 2012
Prison Officers took a total 897 sick leave days in 2011- Report

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A total of eight hundred and ninety seven (897) sick leave days were taken by prison officers of Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) in Balsum Ghut during 2011, which has been suggested was mostly as a result of staff disgruntlement.


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