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Man arrested & released in Jefferson Joseph's murder

A local male was today April 18, 2017 held by police as part of ongoing investigations into the shooting death of Jefferson Joseph (in photo). Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI Word reaching our newsroom from senior sources within the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force is that a local male was today April 18, 2017 held by police as part of ongoing investigations into the shooting death of Jefferson Joseph.

Mr Joseph, 41, was gunned down on the morning of April 16, 2017 after leaving a night club in the area of CSY Dock located in Baughers Bay, on the main island of Tortola.

After being questioned today, the man was released without charges by detectives and is no longer a suspect in the crime, according to the same police sources.

Police appeal to public for info

Meanwhile, the RVIPF Major Crime Team is asking the public for information that could help in the murder investigation of Mr Joseph of Mountain Valley, Huntums Ghut.

According to a police press release today, April 18, 2017 initial inquiries suggest that on Sunday Morning just before 4:00 AM, Joseph and a female companion had left a nightclub close to the CSY Dock and was about to leave in his vehicle when shots were fired. Joseph was pronounced dead at the scene. His female companion was treated at hospital and discharged.

Police further said a crane service was sought to lift Mr Joseph’s vehicle which had gone over a road barrier following the shooting incident.

Persons with information can contact the Major Crime Team directly at 368-5682 or the RVIPF Intelligence Unit at 368-9339.

4th homicide in VI for 2017

Mr Joseph’s gruesome shooting death during the early morning hours of April 16, 2017 brings to four the number of persons killed on Tortola this year. It was on January 6, 2017 that businessman Frankly J. Fahie was murdered by a lone gunman in Long Look.

On the morning of March 10, 2017 Alston E. Penn was beaten to death allegedly with rocks in the Windy Hill area of Tortola.

On March 10, 2017 Ashburn A. Dawson aka ‘Ashy’ of Carrot Bay on Tortola was gunned down close to the Sunday Morning Well.

Police have made one arrest in the murder of Mr Penn.

There remain over twenty five unsolved murders in the British Overseas Territory of less than forty thousand people.

42 Responses to “Man arrested & released in Jefferson Joseph's murder”

  • Help!!!!! (18/04/2017, 20:52) Like (17) Dislike (9) Reply
    Get outside help if the BVI Cops cannot solve the crimes, Then get outside help FBI, Scotland Yard what ever it takes damn it!
    • wize up (18/04/2017, 21:10) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
      @ help: those experts from UK have been in and out of this territory for sometime now and the BVI still have over 30 unsolved murders(we did get outside help)
      • Outlaw (18/04/2017, 21:54) Like (26) Dislike (5) Reply
        Wize-up, I must admit that sometimes we don't agree on certain things, but with this one, I have to agree with you 100%. Outside help will not solve our problem here, we have seen them come over the years, leave here as rich men and women but the problem still remain. We the local police can do our job well only if those who have the information come forward and share with us what little they may know or here. Just forget about the notion for a while that you don't trust police and share what you know then you will see the difference. Almost every murder committed here we have an idea who maybe responsible, but we need the evidence to build a case and to prosecute the offenders, people got to be willing to come forward and stand for something, else we will fall for anything. Bringing outside help will not solve anything and am talking from experience here, I have seen it happen over the years
        • wize up (19/04/2017, 05:05) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
          @ outlaw: I am 100% old school BVI(chocolate city) so you and I will have a diffrent perspective about matters in this territory: the key ingredient to solving crime is that evidence; the prople of this territory can share all the info in the world with the police but without evidence the police can't proceed to prosecute that matter: good
          information is shared with the police(that's a fact)..we need a good K-9 unit those dogs can be very helpful: homes of suspects are being searched but evidence already gone: the local police remains the best persons to deal with criminal matters in the BVI; the powers to be brougt in the old retired police(where are the results after the many years): lets face the facts some of our young people have chosen a life of crime and that patch can be very distructive: most of the killings are targeted (organised hits)..
        • Observer (19/04/2017, 10:47) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
          What we need is the resources to solve these cases, and more training for cops. Perhaps some of these cops need to do attachment in real high crime areas like Jamaica, Trinidad, Puerto Rico and the United States and see how real expert cops perform. Get all in the force to perform at their very best.
          • @observer (19/04/2017, 11:52) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
            I believe both are needed 'training' and 'outside assistance'.
          • henry (19/04/2017, 13:15) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
            @Observer: I am dying with laughter at your stupid suggestion. Thought you were going to suggest Canada, the U.K. or the US. Instead you suggested Jamaica and Trinidad. You are talking about two countries in the region with the highest murder rate and likely the lowest detection rate...when you are ignorant its a bad thing. Please don't make yourself sound foolish...
      • @wize up (19/04/2017, 12:04) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        Don't blame the UK outside help only....the whole police force is practically 'outside help' highlight one highlight 'all'.
    • @Help!! (19/04/2017, 06:22) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      Can't expect people to come from the outside and just solve mysteries like that, they need to be familiar with the BVI with the people with every hang out spot and every minor things that goes down, Tortola is very small but i feel local police and investigators are here for a reason, not to find marijuana and give ticket, is that all they train to do.
      • @ @Help (19/04/2017, 10:13) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
        When do they arrest anyone for marijuana possession?? A jokey system...Tortola averages around 21 square miles, the Virgin Islands 59 square miles. And you're telling us that the government can not control the drug situation in this small nation? When was the last time they raided the ghetto? When was the last time they raided the prison as a matter fact? You can get just about any drug you wish at that tiny prison and instead of the officers doing their jobs the motto is 'they have to allow drug use at the prison to keep the inmates calm'. If you're not an addict going into prison you will definitely be one coming out. This is what the systems calls rehabilitation for inmates.

        Many locals are not policing yes but is that any excuse for not performing your job as effectively as possible? When approaching many of these police officers they often have bad attitudes or act very nonchalant about a matter.

        A few weeks ago there was a nationwide power outage and the public had to call and ask them to direct the traffic lights. There were two large cruise ships in that day.

        Go ahead tell anyone of them that you saw someone in the ghetto using drugs or selling drugs and see if they don't laugh in your face.

        The system is a joke... the police is a joke. Yet they have no problem coming on the news blogs blaming the public for everything as if they are blameless, they take no responsibility for their incompetency. A bunch of hypocrites!

        If the governor clean the system up properly then the system can clean us 'the pubic' up properly. (Note: Governor please use some of that money to start a JROTC - Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Programme in the schools so that more of our local population can be introduced into the police force from a young age.)
  • sad (18/04/2017, 21:00) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    So sad that people don't know what to report from what not too. We all think that not one person know anything concerning that last set of crimes? It's a shame what we've come to as a community. We hide and protect the wrong set of people.
    • @sad (19/04/2017, 11:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Speak for yourself 'I do not hide and protect criminals'. I don't hang out with street thugs, and I have never seen anyone with a gun or seen anyone commit a crime. 'If I have I would report it or blogged it.' Thugs don't report on thugs and birds of a feather flock together. The larger percent of citizens of the VI(UK) would not know about any crime. How often have a crime been committed in the ghetto? 'MANY' Now another murder on that street. Hidden cameras everywhere and not one place on that stretch of road from the ghetto to the 'High Court'. 'Incompetency' is truth.
  • Observer (18/04/2017, 21:11) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    I heard there is a local private investigator and retired police officer who have access to outside help just like the police. Forensics and the whole nine yards. I hope they enlist his experience and expertise​. Will be a shame if they don't.
    • Jacperlance (18/04/2017, 22:00) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      Private investigator my foot. When he was in the force he could. It get a thing do now he out there talking bout he ah private investigator. I wonder to investigate what? Some of those unsolved murders we committed when he was a member of the force, so why didn't he successfully investigate them
    • just my 2cent (18/04/2017, 22:03) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      why must outsiders come here to help solve crime? plz tell every Rastafarian murder that take place n this land some body know who do it.why you all don't start speak n to the police tell them what u know we have very good cops rite here n the bvi.when you bring n whatever or whoever it takes money .to the commisioner /governor offer some incentive to help with some these crime all our young men are drop n like fly am not go n to share my husband with no woman before so I will take my husband and go home to my native land it is get n frighten n .plz ppl i begg if you see some thing say something it's for all that dwell n this land
      • Tola Bawling (19/04/2017, 00:28) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
        @just my 2 cent.... You know why we need outside help? Because there is better out there. Big companies call in consultants.. corporation have mergers. Police forces internationally call for help. CIA, FBI, IRS, Homeland security all help each other. We are a small Territory and will not have the experience. Yes some of our locals are trained but think about it for a bit... Can they call the shots when there is nepotism, cronism and corruption? Many good local cops are not picked because they are honest, and won't turn a blind eye to corruption. So they are left out from the special squads. Look at the state of this country! People like some of you just patrol the news site looking for victims and hiding behind fictitious names. Your​ last portion of your blog sounds so unique to you and contentious. Be a part of the solution and stop adding to the confusion!
  • fs (18/04/2017, 22:36) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    We we going see the result of our 1.8 m
    • @fs (19/04/2017, 07:00) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      What about the 40 plus million for the pier and 7 million for an airline mr. fs help the white collar red tie team thief?

      We need justice for that also!

      By the way some of the murder cases are already solved because those who are falling are those who committed murders also. The only thing is that police can't put the pieces of the puzzle together.
    • e (19/04/2017, 09:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • wize up (19/04/2017, 00:10) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    @Jacpalance or whatever the hell you call yourself. You don't even know how many murder cases the man work on for the umteen years he was in the force or his contribution. The force is his? Now he can make a difference he doing something about it. besides P.I.s work when hired the client is who must give the information they want looked into. . They don't go out on their own. The man was a dam good cop. Sounds like you ignorant of his capabilty.. You people really sickening. Crimes happen you bawl. Help come you complain.. Do we have a choice to pick and choose which help we get under the circumstances? Get a life.
    • Jacperlance (20/04/2017, 06:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Wize-up you are right, but let the record speak for itself. One thing I know for a fact is that you never work on any, with your over 20 years in the force
  • Chicago (19/04/2017, 00:46) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am a BVIslander who migrated to the USA and am reading the blogs as a normal person concerned about my country. It saddens me when our own race canabalise themselves. I was happy to read about the retired police turned private investigator. Up here many retired police officers do that.. And many in the UK and wider Caribbean. They get specialized training and equipment than what some police forces have our can afford. They get financial backing, and many times they are called upon by governments and monarchs to shed light on facts. What is wrong with you people?!
    Are we so blinded by jealousy that we cannot see? Are we so trivial that as a people we reject our own? we are doomed along this path of distruction.I have never seen such hate among a people towards their own than this my people!! Opportunities sometimes do not come because of many circumstances beyond our control and there comes a time when YOU as an individual will have to go alone and become somebody. I wish we would just wise up and stand up for each other or destroy ourselves in the process just as we are doing.
    • SMH (19/04/2017, 08:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Chicago I agree 100% VirginnIslanders tend to tear each other down instead of giving a helping hand. What our people need to look at how the other folks build up each other through community efforts and organizations. Not putting each other down as others become successful or meets some unfortunate mishap.
      • @wize up,Chicago,SMH (19/04/2017, 11:48) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
        I am a BVIslander and I do not agree with Jacpalance comment, many of use welcome the assistance. You must understand that many people on the blogs are not concerned citizens or 'citizens at all'.
  • Jeff the government snitch (19/04/2017, 03:39) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    Oops he ain't going be ratting on no one and collecting government 100,000.00 for giving the police info and never stay lock up oops Blow to the DPP now y'all looking to get another rat on the government cheese!
  • Hmmm (19/04/2017, 08:11) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Distraction. rIP Joseph
  • kk (19/04/2017, 08:38) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    no body wants to talk and help the police SMH
  • Hmm (19/04/2017, 09:47) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    Police here only arrest people hoping they would tell on themselves. They never have any evidence. It's always "arrest and release" SMH
  • tola g (19/04/2017, 10:17) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    the police need to do them work other than picking up human being child for bs....
  • bay (19/04/2017, 11:38) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    why would they hold that poor guy who wash cars..he had nothing to do with it
  • Prophet (19/04/2017, 13:18) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Again let me say the Police has a crystal ball up there they look into it and they see who commit these murders so they don't need any one to give them information. Don't you know that there are persons who have been shot and shot at knew who did so but refused to tell the COPS who did? All of us are in the kitchen and we will feel the heat. Oh!! by the way some of us have somewhere to run to when the pot start to boil over.
  • ...... the police (19/04/2017, 14:16) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply

    Hire people who born (here) hire people who from here then the crime and all murder cases will get solve

  • Joker (19/04/2017, 18:40) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    whatever happen to community policing. You never see a police officer on foot walking through the villages of any of these islands. they are all hanging out at the stations. When they do come out is to give a citation for the use of a cell phone or the lack of seatbelt use. Kids are riding scooter without helmets, registration or insurance yet the pass police officers without interruption. the police officers just don't care about policing they are only interested in a paycheck.
  • school children (19/04/2017, 19:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    school children say,family members coming shortly anyone had beef with him still low (rip trouble)
  • star boy (20/04/2017, 04:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    RVIPF. Read the blogs from top to bottom! All the answers your looking for is rite here, pick sense out of nonsense.
  • wize up (22/04/2017, 20:49) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    the police is what doing the crimes thats why they cant find the killers and robbers talking bout local accent
  • Hazel (16/05/2017, 10:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Live by the gun u die by the gun

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