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November 28th, 2017
Prison Boss David E. Foot disputes article speculating he is being booted!

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- Superintendent of Her Majesty’s Prison, British national David E. Foot has come out swinging against an article in a local online publication asking if he is being booted because his current post is being advertised.

March 22nd, 2017
UPDATE: Treh Williams found dead in cell @HMP

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- It was sometime after 4:00 PM on March 21, 2017 that inmate Treh Williams was found unconscious in his cell at the state-owned penitentiary at Balsam Ghut on the main island of Tortola.

September 7th, 2016
UPDATE: 'Mr Escape' recaptured

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Edrino Richards, known as 'Mr Escape', who fled from prison officers while at Her Majesty's Prison in Balsam Ghut yesterday, September 6, 2016 has been recaptured.

December 7th, 2015
Life @ Her Majesty’s Prison, Balsam Ghut! Is there a food & supplies shortage?

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- Many persons have different ideas of prison life, usually formed by movies or what we learn about prison life in the United States through stories or experiences.

December 7th, 2015
‘I already did 4 months in lockdown’ – HMP inmate Wakima Lettsome

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Convicted to a term of 20 years in 2013 for the crime of wounding with intent, inmate of Her Majesty’s Prison at Balsum Ghut Wakima Lettsome made an appearance in the Magistrates Court on December 3, 2015 faced with a charge of assaulting a prison officer.

February 18th, 2015
HMP inmate Wakima Lettsome charged for attempted murder

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI - ‎Wakima Lettsome, 33 years old and a prisoner at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP), Balsam Ghut, has been charged for attempted murder following his alleged stabbing of Rohan Fagen on Sunday February 15, 2015, an incident firstly and accurately broken by this news site.

March 30th, 2014
Lettsome handed counselling after prison disturbance

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Wakima Lettsome was instructed to enter an anger management programme at Her Majesty’s Prison at Balsam Ghut when he appeared before the Magistrate’s Court on March 28, 2014 on assault charges.

October 29th, 2013
“Problems now start” - Simmonds & Edwards threaten relatives of Melbourne Francis

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Pandemonium broke out in the compound of the High Court yesterday afternoon, October 28, 2013 as prison officers attempted to escort Rodney Simmonds Jr and Yan Edwards back to HM Prison in Balsam Ghut amidst strong decorative languages and threats hurled at relatives of the now deceased Cornel Melbourne Francis.

October 29th, 2013
Foot to join HMP in Dec. 2013; Gregg & Percival promoted

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Deputy Secretary (Ag.) in the Ministry for Education and Culture Mrs Prudence Mathavious has confirmed to Virgin Islands News Online that recently appointed Superintendent of Prisons, Mr David Foot will take up his leadership position at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) in Balsam Ghut in December.

October 9th, 2013
Fmr. legislator concerned about deportations in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Former legislator, Mrs Eileene L. Parsons OBE, expressed concern recently that the Virgin Islands has a problem getting rid of persons who are "non-natives" and have become a nuisance to society.

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