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Top Cop calls for calm; Premier is saddened over murders

- Still no arrest in Ashburn A. Dawson & Alston Penn killings
Alston Penn (right) and Ashburn A. Dawson (left) were both murdered within 24 hours. Photo: Team of Reporters
The Administration of Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), left, 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. Right: Commissioner of Police Mr Michael Matthews is appealing for calm following the two brutal murders of two local men. Photo: VINO/File
The Administration of Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), left, 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. Right: Commissioner of Police Mr Michael Matthews is appealing for calm following the two brutal murders of two local men. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael Matthews is appealing for calm following the two brutal murders of two local men Alston Penn of East End and Ashburn A. Dawson of Carrot Bay, both from the main island of Tortola.

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.”

Premier saddened

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).

33 Responses to “Top Cop calls for calm; Premier is saddened over murders”

  • pat (13/03/2017, 21:40) Like (11) Dislike (11) Reply
    lol lol hahaha the killers must just turn themselves in...really now Mr. ZZZZZZz
  • Real Talk (13/03/2017, 21:44) Like (13) Dislike (15) Reply
    I agree with the police there is absolutely no reason for anyone to be playing police and taking matters in their own hands
  • street man (13/03/2017, 21:45) Like (18) Dislike (26) Reply
    these police are a set of jokers.
    • Outlaw (14/03/2017, 06:52) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
      So street man why don't you go in and be an example. The real jokers here are people like you, who see things and know things and keep it to yourself. But if you think you are doing this country any good, just go right ahead.
      • SMH (14/03/2017, 08:54) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
        @Outlaw, you are so right I agree with you 100%. They are the real jokers.
  • white man (13/03/2017, 21:47) Like (35) Dislike (7) Reply
    We need more Stop and frisk it worked in NYC despite all the criticism....
  • parent (13/03/2017, 22:14) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    All lives matter.
    • questions (14/03/2017, 03:35) Like (8) Dislike (10) Reply
      The police force need shaking up, switching up, turning up. They deserve no money. The force were more effective in solving Crime when the force were 100 police strong..The issue is psrsonel, attitude, competence, trust worthyness, bias, round pegs in square holds...
      • answers (14/03/2017, 07:50) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        Hmmm. With 100 police. Less population. Handful of gun crimes. So of course when looking back they would look more effective.
  • give the money to bvi airways (13/03/2017, 22:19) Like (20) Dislike (8) Reply
    Like almost every country in the world, crime is always a priority but not the BVI
    • @ give the money to... (14/03/2017, 13:23) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      easy we need the money for the wall and bvi airways we got to eat too
  • killer (13/03/2017, 23:20) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    The premier is right I should turn myself in now and accept my life sentence for what i have done, psych
  • facts man (13/03/2017, 23:47) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    It will be 2 more unsolved murders
  • Eagle Eye (14/03/2017, 02:52) Like (34) Dislike (0) Reply
    If people talk the murders will be solved. POLICE ARE NOT MAGICIANS. IF YOU SAW SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING. Tommorrw it could be one of your relatives.
  • Street Reporter. We can't be calm and we can't relax. (14/03/2017, 03:24) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    All we need is good Police, People Polics, spending Police...We have too much 8 hrs police, too much anti social police, too much cheap police..All these add up to bad, wrong and ineffective policing...These need addressing... Detective got spending money hang out in bars have a drink be friends with the bar tenders by someone a drink make friends.... We will see a Turn around as Something happen their phone is going to ring information coming in.... Serious,.. Do something...Stop talking nonsense about be calm and Relax.. How can we when we are losing our country?
  • We need a better police force (14/03/2017, 03:45) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    Everyone needs a Job. We all have bills and family to feed...Sad to say, that's what the force is. Just a job to pay bills and feed family...Too much girls and little boys in this Force.. worrk, run home. work run home...Run woman, run man, no mingling. Not involved in no non-profit organization...The force is the problem.
  • Sue (14/03/2017, 06:18) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    We need to go out in the community and pray anointing people and stop talking nonsense Amen
    • @ Sue (14/03/2017, 07:57) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
      Yea when the gun man reach by you just pray him away..fool
      • @@ sue (14/03/2017, 12:38) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
        I truly don't believe you made that comment. I would fear saying something like that knowing the force i playing with. God is not a God of slackness and compromise
  • chad (14/03/2017, 08:54) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    What saddens me is the Ignorence of you people. You sit back and you put the blame game on the police force. I blame the Ignorence of you people. The thing is, most of you know who commit the crime but you keep your mouths shut and act like you are so concern about the victims and their family. Right now I
    am so angry at you fake, disgusting, nonhuman ignorant people. You know something, report it to the police.
    • oh yes (14/03/2017, 12:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @wow, I agree with you 100%. The ones who know who commit these crimes and keep their mouths shut, there hands is dripping in the victims blood. They up in the victims family faces acting like they are so concern. One set of two headed judases. They know how to streach there mouths from here to Russia when it come to gossiping, talking about people and putting people business on the street and bringing each other down but, when a crime is committed, there lips are sealed. I have no respect for these people. Blaming the same police who they call when they are getting their beat or for something else. One set of ignorant, backwoods people in this place. Don't blame the police, blame the ignorance on your part.
  • v (14/03/2017, 08:55) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Saddened to see the loss of both of these young men.

    As much as I'd like spread the blame to the police, the whole long and short of it is that even if the police were in tip top shape they couldn't have prevented these murders from happening. I can't blame some of them for the attitudes that they have when trying to see things from their perspective. When you sign on to the force you're supposed to sign on with the mentality to protect and serve, but when the criminals on the street seemingly have more fire power and resources than you do, it's a matter of whether or not you want to throw away your life. Law enforcement and you health services are supposed to be the areas that you capitalize on the most because there is always crime and people always need medical care. I can only hope that they see this for what it is and instead of talking about alot, do something.
  • Pashon (14/03/2017, 09:13) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    I just wan stunt off people money and wear their shoes. Meen wan no Trouble with nobody #BlackJesus
  • time will tell (14/03/2017, 12:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't know what's wrong with some people. There is always a need to retaliate, get revenge, get respect. If you live by the sword, you shall die by the sword so if you live by a gun, you shall die by a gun.

    People should always take into consideration that no crime has or will ever go unpunished. You will either be punished by the law of the land or by the law of heaven. There is no such thing as a clean crime. Some kind of evidence is always left behind and you don't realize it. (fingerprints, paper, id, witness by eye or conversation, items you bought around that time, who you bought it from, etc. GOD NEVER LET'S A CRIME GO BY UN NOTICED. When we think about commiting any kind of crime, think about "have I covered my track well? And if you think you have a confident friend, wait till GOD put a conviction on his heart and make he want to talk. It could be your own parents.
  • Sawda (14/03/2017, 14:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    No word from the opposition leader on the crime situation ,he is nothing like Fraser ,he just care about himself ,and studying the wrong issues..A A F needs to act like he really wants to lead the country for one day and then he might get lots of support..Rip to the fallen Soildiers and Pray for their families to stay strong..
  • Yes (14/03/2017, 15:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    can't blame the police ,how can u go to a gun crime, with no guns or patrol, with a book, when the street, full of guns, street man fraid any police in tortola ...tortola,need to have a special night, unit for patrol, at nite ....we call them no mercy unit ok get serious we loosing ppl very young
  • concern (14/03/2017, 16:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Forensics should help solve Mr. Penn's case - DNA is all they need and then possible suspects to match it up. As for the shooting of Ashy - there was a crowd, how many people came forward and said what they observed. This we not talking the police shit have to stop - else the killings won't.
  • Party of 6 (14/03/2017, 18:39) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
    Tickets were booked for the BVI for a two week vacation. Canceled, going to Barbados. Our Travel agent said we should go somewhere else because of what is going on in the BVI.
    • Really??!!! (15/03/2017, 09:47) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      So there's no killing in Barbados? Just remember, what is for you is for you, no matter where you go to!!
  • Manfred (16/03/2017, 07:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • STOP!!!! (21/03/2017, 18:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This hit man need to stop. They are taking life' that they didn't give. Who ever it is please STOP!! Our population is decreasing big time.

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