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Prisoner Akim Stevens beaten & hospitalised

September 27th, 2016 | Tags: Akim Stevens David Foot beating hospitalised HM prison
Mr Akim Stevens has been hospitalised after prisoners allegedly assaulted him while at HM Prison on September 23, 2016. Photo: Facebook
Her Majesty's Prison is under the portfolio of the controversial Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn, an At Large Representative. Photo: VINO/File
Her Majesty's Prison is under the portfolio of the controversial Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn, an At Large Representative. Photo: VINO/File
The pressure is on Superintendent of Prisons Mr David Foot after a string of incidents and allegations at HM Prison. Photo: VINO/File
The pressure is on Superintendent of Prisons Mr David Foot after a string of incidents and allegations at HM Prison. Photo: VINO/File
BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- According to our Team of Reporters from around the Virgin Islands, inmate at Her Majesty’s Prison Akim Stevens has been reportedly beaten and hospitalised.

According to our newsroom’s sources closed to the situation, it was on Friday September 23, 2016 sometime after 7:00 PM when a fight allegedly broke out, resulting in one or more other prisoners beating Mr Stevens.

Information on how many other prisoners were involved in the fight is unclear; however, Mr Stevens is reported to have sustained injures, including to the face, and had to be taken to Peebles Hospital in Road Town, the capital city.

As of publication time Mr Stevens was still hospitalised, reportedly with swelling to the face.

Superintendent of Prisons Mr David Foot could not be reached for comment as of publication time.

HMP Rocked by scandal under David Foot

Since United Kingdom national David Foot took office, Her Majesty’s Prison has been rocked by scandal after scandal. Last week it was reported that an imamate attempted suicide after drinking a cleaning liquid.

On September 6, 2016 this news site first and accurately reported that an inmate, Kevin Tyson, set his cell on fire. No one was injured in the incident and it is not clear how the prisoner managed to start the fire.

Tyson was also reportedly involved in a fight with a prison officer at the Magistrate's Court in John's Hole on September 5, 2016. The prison officer reportedly suffered minor injuries.

This news site was further told that there was a second incident when the prisoners in the affected wing were let out of their cells due to the thick smoke from the fire. It is said that when the prisoners were released many of them pounced on another inmate, said to be Caucasian, dealing him several blows.

In July of this year, prison officials told this news site about prison officers having sexual intercourse with inmates, selling drugs and cell phones to inmates, visitation protocols being breached, and management having scant regards to officers’ complaints, which they said were just a few of the challenges plaguing Her Majesty’s Prison.

This news site also first and accurately reported on September 6, 2016 that Edrino Richards, known as 'Mr Escape', escape from prison officers while at Her Majesty's Prison in Balsam Ghut.

He was apprehended the following day. The Prison Service is under the portfolio of the controversial Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn, an At Large Representative.

31 Responses to “Prisoner Akim Stevens beaten & hospitalised”

  • just becase he is white (27/09/2016, 10:27) Like (14) Dislike (19) Reply
    Send home foot
  • ***** (27/09/2016, 11:45) Like (20) Dislike (7) Reply
    This guy is a menace to society, i've seen him disrespect the magistrate in her own court room. Maybe he needs a few more licks to teach him a lesson.
  • wize up (27/09/2016, 12:15) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    can't none of us do a better job than foot?
  • Mr Shovels (27/09/2016, 12:53) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    Must be a slow news day...
    • @ mr shovels (27/09/2016, 13:09) Like (13) Dislike (8) Reply
      A local would have been removed long time from the post deman
      • xpat (27/09/2016, 18:12) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
        we had locals their before and it was disastrous, the last time we leave a local to be in charge, a convicted murderer, was let out to get married, can you believe that, well it did happen under a local watch.
        • The TRUTH (27/09/2016, 20:40) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
          @axpat: Stop talking what you do not know, it was the same Mr. Foot in charge. And where in the law that says a prisoner/inmate can not get marry. It happens all around the world so what makes the BVI so different? Oh I can answer that, its there backwards way. Also Mr. Foot can not stop you from drinking the cleaning stuff or stop you from fighting, so I don't know what scandal he been rocked with
          • @@@@ (28/09/2016, 17:48) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
            @ truth, prisoners can get married but, they do not let them out to get married. They get married at the prison.
  • Huh? (27/09/2016, 13:14) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    But this boy send me a friend request recently...
    • .. (28/09/2016, 11:16) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      LOL.. Friend request only? Long conversations these people be having.
  • ADMIN (27/09/2016, 13:20) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
  • need a local prison boss (27/09/2016, 13:22) Like (13) Dislike (12) Reply
    Foot need to put his feet down
  • Well (27/09/2016, 13:29) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    When you pop off at the mouth at people without giving a S??t someone is going to shut it.
  • just asking.... (27/09/2016, 15:18) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    why dem beat dey poor child?
  • Rootsman (27/09/2016, 15:19) Like (33) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do you know why most of these youngmen are in prison? Because as parents we failed to correct them when they were wrong as children and made all kinds of excuses, blame others for their behavior and defended them even when we knew they were wrong. Now that they have grown and sadly are in prison, we continue to bury our heads in the sand and blame others for their demise. Go ahead blame Mr Foot.... infact replace him with one of us locals and lets see the change
  • Telltale (27/09/2016, 16:18) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    Send him go back where him come fr no bloody use
  • Bunny (27/09/2016, 17:13) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    that's goof for him.. he troublesome very bad
  • Real People (27/09/2016, 19:14) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    Fo all ayo hating ppl the boy in the hospital with a fractured jawbone n a lot other injuries but ayo jus wan run ayo mouth I know ayo going talk but regardless he good or bad he never beg ayo fo anything
  • Yoly (27/09/2016, 21:22) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The relatives of the 17 Cuban immigrants who are in the Majesty's Prison at Balsam Ghut since September 8th, we ask the competent authorities to verify the procedure to follow by the Department of Immigration since so far no official has approached the group of immigrants to meet their right to seek political asylum. It is unfair and illegal to imprison human beings who have committed no crime. On this island there is no detention center for immigrants and therefore they leave them forgotten in a common prison indefinitely in subhuman conditions, without communication, without clothes to change. The meal consists of two loaves of bread in the morning and two in the afternoon.
    The families call daily and no one answer the phone, calls does not go through, they do not any information to the families. We headed to the local press as neither the office of Immigration and Prison want to attend the calls we do every day to know until when they think they will have retained this group of immigrants, we demand the immediate release and allowed them to await the response of free asylum, the family members are willing to cover all expenses of our family on this island.

    Cuban immigrants are not criminals, they do not deserve to be in a common prison, many of them are good professionals, including some teachers, doctors...artists..their destiny was not this island, they accidentally came because they were abandoned at sea ... this group only seeks freedom and a life say we can not have in our country, Cuba.

    Enough of violating human rights ... they can not put in jail people who have not committed any crime ... please help us to release our sons and husbands now..Thanks ...
    !!! Liberty for the 17 Cuban immigrants !!!

    Relatives of the 17 Cubans imprisoned in Tortola.
  • Footcare (27/09/2016, 21:22) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    That Callwood boy was a disaster at the prison. All you leave foot up there mehson.
  • street reporter. (28/09/2016, 05:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Too much young men in person. Her favorite word when it comes to young men is Prison.. It's time we seperate the petty criminals from the hard core ones. Find another way to punish different to prison... 4 out of 5 people go to prison turn out worse..
  • sense (28/09/2016, 10:39) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    How can you blame one man for a department? He is the head, but they are many below him that are directly involve with the inmates. It is a prison and things will happen OBVIOUSLY, it is a PRISON. You commenters have no sense.
  • Candi (28/09/2016, 10:53) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    The prison is overcrowded, there is too much testosterone up there! If I was Foot, I would do the following:-

    1. Early Release for those individuals who are already on their way out. Why keep them?
    2. Parole for those who haven't committed killed anyone or harm in any way. Of course, they'd have to be on good behavior.
    3. Ankle bracelets would also be a good choice for other prisoners that they may need to monitor but don't really need to keep them up there.
    4. Those deadbeat morons that up there for child support, send them back to work and take the money from their pay.
    • trouble (28/09/2016, 11:19) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      They doing all that, or looking at it - wise words candi
    • I 100% Agree (28/09/2016, 15:59) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      I so agree with you and for the part of child support it have a lot of them up their. This I don't understand you send them jail and the mothers out here still aint getting no money to feed their kids. why send them jail to eat off of our tax pay money getting fat while the kids out here still hungry.
  • nope (28/09/2016, 12:07) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    Build a halfway house somewhere on salt island and let them stay there and live off the land.
  • Me (28/09/2016, 18:47) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I say this guy's title is Vanterpool,not stevens,his father is Vanterpool,his mom from Dominica certainly not Stevens.Now he making news again send this nuisance back Dominica where he born and stop abusing my tax dollars feeding him.
  • @ Me (29/09/2016, 13:22) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Your point isn't valid and makes no sense, he's from virgin gorda i believe, and here on virgin gorda both the stevens and the vanterpool are BLOOD relatives so it doesn't makes they are the same people. Where is mom is from has nothing to do with him, learn sense.

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