Top Cop calls for calm; Premier is saddened over murders
Mr Penn was found dead in a pool of blood the morning of Friday March 10, 2017 in the Windy Hill area of Tortola. Police is treating this case as a homicide.
In addition, around 10:00 PM on the same day, 30 year old Dawson was gunned down adjacent to the Sunday Morning Well in Road Town, the capital city. He was pronounced dead moments later at Peebles Hospital.
Leave it to the police -CoP
The Commissioner of Police (CoP) Matthews noted that “emotions can run high, especially when names of suspects are being called, but it is important to let my officers do the work they need to do to bring justice in these cases...”
Reports reaching our newsroom is that a young man had been allegedly detained and may have been released by law enforcement authorities after being questioned over the murder of Ashburn A. Dawson aka ‘Ashy.’
However, police spokeswoman Diane Drayton said today, March 13, 2017 “I haven't been informed of anyone charged in relation to any of the deaths.”
Meanwhile, Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), whose Administration has been under heavy criticism for its perceived lack of making crime fighting a priority and gutting the police operations budget from time they took office in 2011, in a statement late yesterday said it was “deeply saddened to learn of the recent tragic deaths of two young men.”
In a statement on March 11, 2017 the same day as the Commissioner of Police’s statement, the elected Head of Government Hon Smith asked the killers to “turn themselves in.”
While not adequately funding the police force, something that even Governor John S. Duncan OBE blasted his Administration for in public, Premier Smith said “we must, have zero tolerance for crime.”
He further stated that his National Democratic Party Government “supports the police.”
Thus far the two murders on Friday bring a total of three homicides in the British Overseas Territory. In January of this year businessman Frankie J. Fahie was shot at a bar in Look Long and later died.
Help the police find the killers
Persons with information or leads can contact the Major Crime Team of the local Police Force directly at 368-5682 or the Intelligence Unit at 368-9339. Persons who may not be comfortable with the local law enforcement authorities can also report the information anonymously to Crimestoppers through its Miami, Florida USA-based hotline number 1-800-TIPS (8477).