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UPDATE: Man released without charge in Ashy’s murder

- Funeral for Mr Ashburn A. Dawson set for Saturday April 1, 2017 @ Zion Hill Methodist Church
The funeral to celebrate the life of 30 year old Mr Ashburn A. Dawson is scheduled for Saturday April 1, 2017 at the Zion Hill Methodist Church, on the western end of Tortola. Photo: Facebook
A memorial in the area where Mr Ashburn A. Dawson was gunned down on March 10, 2017. One person has since been arrested. Photo: VINO
A memorial in the area where Mr Ashburn A. Dawson was gunned down on March 10, 2017. One person has since been arrested. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was on March 23, 2017 that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) announced they had arrested a man as investigations continued into the murder of Virgin Islander Ashburn A. Dawson of Carrot Bay, Tortola.

Mr Dawson aka ‘Ashy’, a former High Court Registry employee, was cut down on March 10, 2017 in a hail of bullets adjacent to the Sunday Morning Well in Road Town, the capital city.

Police also announced, 48 hours after, that the man they had arrested (we have name and photo) on March 23, 2017 was released without charges as the investigations continue into the third homicide in the Virgin Islands for 2017.

Burial announced

Meanwhile, the funeral to celebrate the life for 30 year old Mr Dawson is scheduled for Saturday April 1, 2017 at the Zion Hill Methodist Church, on the western end of Tortola.

The viewing of the body will take place from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, and will be followed by the service which begins at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow immediately at the Dawson’s Family Burial Ground in Carrot Bay, Tortola.

See press release posted March 23, 2017

One arrested in relation to Ashburn A. Dawson’s murder

The Major Crime Team supported by the Immediate Response Unit carried out two search warrants early this morning as investigations into the murder of Ashburn A. Dawson continue.

One man was arrested and is presently being interviewed.

Police investigations are ongoing in the matter.

26 Responses to “UPDATE: Man released without charge in Ashy’s murder”

  • voter (23/03/2017, 10:16) Like (45) Dislike (1) Reply
    Its about time
  • Crimebag (23/03/2017, 10:52) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    Pressure on all to do something about crime so they rounding up people. Tis more in the mortar than the pestle. Help us.
    • well!!! (23/03/2017, 14:22) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Crimebag, sometimes you have to start rounding up suspects/people. That is how some crimes are solved. Someone will sing like a Canary. Hope they get the person who kill the Penn guy also.
    • Gus (23/03/2017, 16:24) Like (20) Dislike (4) Reply
      @ Crimebag: If that was really the case they would have rounded up even you. Don't you think they have some kind of information that would cause them to round up some people and not others? People like you really cause me to shake my head because people like you are the same ones to say the police don't do their job and yada, yada yada. Now they trying and you talking crap. If you know there's more in the mortar than the pestle, then why don't you go to them and say what you have to say. Then, if you have nothing positive to say, then stay the hell off here.
  • talk tola (23/03/2017, 11:44) Like (3) Dislike (25) Reply
    Nothing going to come out of this... everybody just pointing fingers them was up and down saying is a certain person when iiii was with the certain person smh t
    • Really??!! (23/03/2017, 13:58) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      Once your name call, it is highly likely that they're going to pick you up for at least questioning!! Since you were with whoever it is, then you can vouch for them then if needs be!! Wouldn't you like them to know who killed the man?
    • @talk tola (24/03/2017, 15:11) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      It might just be you but you was using that other person that got picked up as your alibi. That's why you saying nothing will come out of it. If God is still God and he remains on the throne, vengeance will be served
  • @Talk told (23/03/2017, 13:28) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    Ok, you were with him! That's good I trust that!
  • Unfortunately (23/03/2017, 19:42) Like (33) Dislike (3) Reply
    I have no dout in my mind ashburn so call friends sold him for ten pieces of silver better believe it that is why you see i don't keep no friends trust no one here in the bvi no one not even my mother
  • @unfortunately (24/03/2017, 15:15) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Believe it or not. Thats so true. That'a becoming the world we are now living. Everyone is so unjust, you don't know who to trust. Your best friend could be your worst enemy
  • one eye (25/03/2017, 10:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The killer is still on the run
  • 8th district gyal (25/03/2017, 11:16) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    My comment is independent of this article and the person who was released. But the police have to do more than just picking up people. This seems to be the trend.

    Are all three murders going to be classified as unsolved?

    • wize up (25/03/2017, 15:25) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      @ 8th district gyal: far to many crimes; far to less results by the police department: some folks think think I have something against police: the same way some of us cuss and carry one about our political leadership is the same way they cuss and carry on about our law enforcement leadership: the criminals have taken over our territory and that is wrong: just we expect the politicians to spend our tax money wisely; we must hold the leadership within the police department to keep our villages safe and who vex when I blog these have a problem: some thing is wrong when residents/citizens are afraid to share information with our police department...i grew up in crime free BVI; look at the BVI now(something went wrong)
    • Outspoken (26/03/2017, 06:09) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply

      @8th district goal, why are you people so ignorant? Don't you think the police are doing their job and that's why they picking up people to question them. What is your contribution if you are so concerned about crime and this territory, what are you doing to help, the police needs help, they need those who have information to come forward and say what they saw and know, are you willing to do that and don't come with the lame a$$ excuses that you don't trust police. And as to that a$$s**le commenting below calling himself Wize up, you said you was a police, some of those same unsolved murders occurred in your time as a police, what was your contribution, am sure you never work in the crime division, sure you never even investigated a minor offence so please shut your craw, you are just sickening now and bitter, you could not have stayed in the force forever JC, so stop your hatred. Sure you have never provide the police with one shred of information to help them. 

      • 8th district gyal (26/03/2017, 10:10) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
        Stick to the issue and not diminishing the post to one of subjectivity. I help by paying taxes, helping others in need, and obeying the laws of the land.

        If the Governor had to invoke his rights based on the Constitution in order to help fight crime, clearly we have a problem.

        Have a good day.
  • additional (25/03/2017, 11:17) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    I just sent a post about what I saw. Even though we heard the shots, we didn't realise somebody went down until about 20 minutes after we heard a siren. Heard commotion down the road abd traffic started to back up, but we didnt run tonbe spectators because we didnt know what was going down. But remember the dude walk back after the ringout.
  • rattie (25/03/2017, 18:41) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    The one aressted was far from the one
  • de silent one (25/03/2017, 19:43) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's so unfortunate that we continue to have all of these unsolved murders/serious crime taking place in the country, and there are persons within the community that knows and have the key to solve if not all, most of them. But the police or most of the police do not have the kind of relationship with members of the public to garner that information to move their investigation forward. The police need to develop and maintain trustworthiness with people, they need to remember that they can't do it alone. I believe that the force have capable officers, but some are been overlooked and victimize for personal/geographical reasons. look at the present trend of things as to who are where and doing what.
    • Snagg (26/03/2017, 06:43) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      De silent one, clearly you are a police. Although I may agree with certain things in your comments, not having a good relationship with the police should not prevent people who know things and see things from not sharing it. You needs to work special areas in the force, work your way there.
  • Serpico (25/03/2017, 23:48) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don't give up police. Don't give in.
  • Mystery (26/03/2017, 07:57) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Keep the presure on officers
  • Thug (26/03/2017, 08:29) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good job officers
  • just asking... (26/03/2017, 10:36) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why would they arrest that young boy in the first place when he had nothing to do with the crime?
  • GOVERNOR (26/03/2017, 22:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    When the courts want to regulate my home and take the rod of correction away then this is the end results. I am sorry for the loss of life and extend my heartfelt condolences to the victim family. I blame the system. Don't discipline and we get this. Discipline children and the parents get discipline. Then society feels the pain of crime spun out of control. Accept it or not it is the end result. And some who sit as judges are no moral compasses but grab on to power. That's just it power which is temporary. TEMPORARY


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