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Robbery at HMP, Authorities tight lipped

November 12th, 2018 | Tags: Her Majesty's Prison Verne A. G. Garde Balsam Ghut
An inmate of Her Majesty’s Prison at Balsam Ghut was reportedly robbed by two other inmates of his gold rings and Gucci chain. Photo: VINO/File
Inquires made to the new St Lucian Prison Boss, Verne A. G. Garde were not answered up to publication time. Photo: VINO/File
Inquires made to the new St Lucian Prison Boss, Verne A. G. Garde were not answered up to publication time. Photo: VINO/File
BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI – An inmate of Her Majesty’s Prison at Balsam Ghut was reportedly robbed by two other inmates of his gold rings and Gucci chain.

According to reports, the incident reportedly occurred sometime around November 9, 2018, when two inmates used a knife to rob the prisoner of his rings and chain. 

Police and Prison Officials are said to be investigating the matter. 

Virgin Islands News Online will withhold the name of the prisoner who was robbed, as he is also reported to have been threatened. 

Inquires made to the new St Lucian Prison Boss, Verne A. G. Garde were not answered up to publication time.  

More details will be provided as information becomes available.  

New Boss, new rules

Under Mr Garde, he has tightened up on rules at the government run facility, for example, staff are prevented from bringing cell phones to work.

It remains unclear however, if his new crack down and new rules are effective.

Mr Garde has the full support of Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), the Minister for Education and Culture, who hand-picked him for the job over other locals who are qualified.

19 Responses to “Robbery at HMP, Authorities tight lipped”

  • The Reaper (12/11/2018, 11:12) Like (20) Dislike (24) Reply
    Yo St Lucian Start packing your Bags
  • Don't Bash (12/11/2018, 11:18) Like (15) Dislike (12) Reply
    The Sup. he is making a valiant effort. Give him the support. Sometimes when you are in you don't look outward instead it is business as usual even if ineffective. Get someone out there all the while for a different experience and the right training to be ready to take over in 2-3 years.
  • me (12/11/2018, 11:29) Like (17) Dislike (18) Reply
    Myron has no confidence in locals.
    • Jessica Jones (12/11/2018, 14:03) Like (20) Dislike (10) Reply
      The locals have no confidence in Hon. Myron Walwyn eirher. So we're even.

      But why they have jewelry in prison anyway? Balsalm Ghut Jewelers.

      I wonder what they have on sale for Christmas. Do they have laways? Free gift wrapping? Do they take credit/debit cards or cash only?
      Please let et us know Mr. Verne Garde. SMH
  • Hmmm (12/11/2018, 11:30) Like (21) Dislike (25) Reply
    The Prison, the technical school, the ports, all St. Lucians found by bald head. What a thing to tell the King. I wonder what is this St. Lucian connection about?
  • Youth (12/11/2018, 11:32) Like (21) Dislike (16) Reply
    All Myron does is try to fool we the youth to get votes but he has no confidence in us as locals especially for big positiins.
  • Eagle Eye (12/11/2018, 12:30) Like (9) Dislike (14) Reply
    12 hours without your phone is torture.
  • His gold rings and Gucci chain!! (12/11/2018, 12:56) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    What the 'eck is the prison uniform?
  • WHAT!!! (12/11/2018, 13:48) Like (40) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its a fri**** prison what the he** is he wearing gold chains and rings for ???
    • Terror (12/11/2018, 14:47) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      That doesn't give them the right to rob the man!! Na dread them man need licks
  • What? (12/11/2018, 14:09) Like (45) Dislike (3) Reply
    I DONT UNDERSTAND YOU PEOPLE. WHAT IS A PRISONER DOING WITH A CHAIN AND RINGS????
    THEY KEEP CHANGING THE PRISON BOSS. BUT THE RULES AND DRESS CODES ARENT CHANGING.
    THIS IS A PRISON GUYS, NOT A HOTEL. THESE GUYS HAVE PHONES AND ARE SO F.... RUDE.
    WHEN THEY WENT TO ST. LUCIA THEY WERE CRYING LIKE SOME LITTLE PUNKS BECAUSE THEY'RE USE
    TO GOOD LIFE IN BALSAM GHUT... THATS WHY MOST OF THEM ARE REPEATED OFFENDERS, BECAUSE THEY ARENT AFRAID TO GO BACK TO BALSAM GHUT, THEY DONT MIND BEING UP THERE. THESE ARE CRIMINALS, TREAT THEM THE WAY THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO BE TREATED....
  • Amazed (12/11/2018, 14:23) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why prisoners have jewelry??????
  • Terror (12/11/2018, 14:43) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    While I do not see the sense in wearing such flashy jewelry in a prison, I can not and will not condone those morons for robbing the young man. You mean to tell me they're so badly off and so jealous of the mans bling that they had to stick him up? This just upset me and its not even me.
  • Fran (12/11/2018, 15:54) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have never heard of a prison allowing jewelry. This place is a joke. Send them back to St. Lucia where prison is real. How come this prison allow the inmates do what they want to the point where they have no fear of committing crimes while incarcerated? I hope this new prison boss instill the rules that makes a prison a prison.
    • Me. Again (13/11/2018, 07:11) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
      @ Fram
      The whole down fall is the NDP
      They refuse to bring meaning ful laws to the HOA

      That’s why we cannot get a handle on the illegal dumping in Purcell especially
      And on super markets pricing
      Prison suppose to be PUNISHMENT not a FREE HOLIDAY with hotel and meals
      The system SUCKS
  • wize up (12/11/2018, 18:27) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    some of us foaming at the mouth should your family members end up in that same prison you might begin to sing a different hymn:(I have no one at that location and I have never had the privilege of spending time at that location; not yet!!!)
  • SHAME (12/11/2018, 21:12) Like (7) Dislike (10) Reply
    ITS A SHAME2 C THIS TYPE OF BULL TAKE N PLACE N OUR COUNTRY!!! THESE R THINGS THAT NEED2 B MARCH4. MYRON BRING SOMEONE FROM OVERSEAS 2 RUN A PRISON & THEY'RE QUALIFY PEOPLE HERE2DO THE JOB.
    TRUTH B TOLD UNDER LOCAL SUPERVISON THERE WAS NEVER NOTHING THAT TOOK PLACE UP THERE WHICH NEEDED 2 B HUSH OR TIGHT LIP.
    THE AMOUNT OF ATTEMPTED MURDER ON PEOPLE LIFE TOOK PLACE UP THERE UNDER THESE OUTSIDERS SUPERVISON N HAS BEEN COVER UP IT MAKES U WONDER!!!
    IF U WANT2NO THE VISION & STRENGTH OF A COUNTRY THE 2 MAJOR PLACE2START R THE HOSPITAL & PRISON
    • wize up (13/11/2018, 15:58) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

      @ shame: Frett ran that establishment for many years: which one of we can leaver this place and run a prison in St Lucia: as a matter of fact most Caribbean islands reserve given leadership post for their nationals....the **** about what is happening currently; the people of this territory held all of those post but suddenly and yes suddenly our people have no hands on in the way forward for these Virgin Islands (now,that’s some very serious ****....



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