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Walwyn ESHS wall investigation heading to DPP Office - CoP Matthews

- RVIPF now awaiting decision on if there is sufficient evidence for a criminal prosecution
Commissioner of Police (CoP) at the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), Mr Micheal B. Matthews says that investigation into the $1.6M Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) wall commissioned by Myron V. Walwyn in 2016—while serving as Minister of Education under the National Democratic Party—has been completed and is now heading to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for further action. Photo: VINO/File
 In her report, the AG Ms Sonia M. Webster noted that there was no value for money, workers being paid for which was not done, and blatant violations of the law, in particular the 'Public Finance Management Regulations.' Photo: VINO/File
In her report, the AG Ms Sonia M. Webster noted that there was no value for money, workers being paid for which was not done, and blatant violations of the law, in particular the 'Public Finance Management Regulations.' Photo: VINO/File
When grilled, CoP Micheal B. Matthews refused to say whether the existing evidence suffices criminal prosecution at the DPP office, however, said there are several unanswered questions about the wall project from his personal perspective. Photo: VINO/File
When grilled, CoP Micheal B. Matthews refused to say whether the existing evidence suffices criminal prosecution at the DPP office, however, said there are several unanswered questions about the wall project from his personal perspective. Photo: VINO/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Commissioner of Police (CoP) at the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), Mr Michael B. Matthews says the investigation into the $1.6M Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) wall project commissioned by Myron V. Walwyn in 2016—while serving as Minister of Education under the National Democratic Party—has been completed and is now heading to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for further action.

"The Investigation into the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) Wall... has reached a stage where a file is going to the Director of Public Prosecutions," CoP Matthews said on public radio ZBVI 780AM today, January 14, 2020, during a live episode of the 'Honestly Speaking' radio show moderated by Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline. 

'I don't make the charging decision' - CoP Matthews 

"Obviously, I don't make the charging decisions, that is an independent authority of the DPP's Office, but they will be presented with the evidence that we've accrued throughout our investigation."

The Top CoP continued, "I will await to see what decisions they make about whether they feel there is sufficient evidence for a criminal prosecution," he said. 

When grilled, CoP Matthews refused to say whether the existing evidence suffices criminal prosecution at the DPP office, however, said there are several unanswered questions about the wall project from his personal perspective.

"That's not my privilege to state that [possible charges], I've read the evidence, I've looked at the evidence, and for me, there are quite clearly questions to be answered,' he said. 

It should be noted that this is not the first investigation into the ESHS wall. A previous report from Auditor General (AG) Ms Sonia M. Webster stated that the wall project broke financial laws, there was no value for money and persons were paid but work was not completed. 

'Project broke Financial laws' - AG Webster 

Amidst controversy and a leak to the press, the report was then handed to the Governor of the Virgin Islands, Mr Augustus J.U. Jaspert who then handed it over to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF). Official criminal investigations then commenced.

Ms Webster also listed a trail of alleged corruption surrounding the controversial project from start to finish. CoP Mathews, in July 2019, had stated that close to 100 persons were investigated as part of the RVIPF probe.

"This isn't going to be an overnight investigating, nor should it be, because we have to be thorough. We have to make sure that if we are going to reach a point in time where we are going to arrest and charge people, that we've done the groundwork properly," he said.

In February 2019, Mr Walwyn, who was regarded as one of the most controversial and divisive personalities in Virgin Islands (VI) politics, was brutally ousted by voters in the 2019 elections after serving two terms [2011-2019] in office.

35 Responses to “Walwyn ESHS wall investigation heading to DPP Office - CoP Matthews”

  • one eye (14/01/2020, 20:02) Like (38) Dislike (6) Reply
    I bet not a man going jail
  • Hmmmmm (14/01/2020, 20:03) Like (30) Dislike (4) Reply
    For it to get that far means there is SUBSTANCE
  • Well yes (14/01/2020, 20:06) Like (8) Dislike (12) Reply
    The thing heating up... poor Myron, but I believe nothing will come from the case.
  • Mason by trade (14/01/2020, 20:36) Like (5) Dislike (12) Reply
    Lodge dues all paid up. No worries it's all in the brothers hand for I am my brothers keeper......
    • Puff the magic dragon (14/01/2020, 22:03) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      The end is near. Donald will slay the Demon-Rats and Boris the Evil-Union.

      Here in we corrupt little hole, the shams of Pier-Park and Airline-$7m and Hurricane-Recovery need to be next on the blotter, CoP. Go and slay them all.
  • Norris Turnbull (14/01/2020, 21:29) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    Why people being judge and jury and the case hasn't reached the dam court yet? It shows a measure of corruption amongst even the general community in which we live.
    • @ Norris Turnbull (15/01/2020, 12:31) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
      moomoo you was not saying that when school children was going to bed hungry and Myron was wasting the money on a wall and on teacher's dinner. When are they going to Audit the Festival Committee books from 2012 to 2018???
      • Norris Turnbull (15/01/2020, 14:16) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
        Your ignorance is bliss. That's a different matter for investigation ingrate you.
  • law student (14/01/2020, 21:56) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Commissioner Matthews, stop give away your power to the Director of Public Prosecution. The charging decision have always rest in the hands of the Commissioner of Police and that’s why every complaint reads Commissioner of Police- complainant and X-Defendant. You can seek the DPP’s advice on matters you not sure of. Therefore the School Wall file is going to the DPP for advice but the DPP cannot make you charge anyone if you don’t want to. After you have charged someone, you sent the file to the office of the DPP for prosecution. The DPP then have an option to proceed it to discontinue. Charging is a matter for you and not the DPP. Please know your authority Mr. COP. On another note, I heard you said to Claude that it’s not every officer who gets the National Security Allowance, that is not true, every single officer gets the National Security allowance which is an allowance decided upon by cabinet due to the risk police officers are exposed to, the allowance increase according to rank structure. After Cabinet decided upon the allowance the COP at the time along with his Management Team decided to pay those officers living in barracks a reduced sum, which was totally wrong and should be made right, because whether you live in barracks or not you are exposed to risk every day, the allowing is not a rent allowance, this allowance replaces the housing allowance so living in barracks does not make you any less eligible.
    • counsel (16/01/2020, 12:56) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      you are not ready for exams,

      the SOLE power to commence or end prosecutions rest with the DPP. so the Commissioner can charge from now till the return of Christ, it will go no where without the DPP's signature.

      I hope you get it right before sitting your exams.
      • law student (16/01/2020, 19:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ Counsel You have to be a total ass. You think you talking to fools here. If you read what I said carefully and I will remind you, charging is a matter for the Commissioner of police, not the DPP, the DPP’s function is to prosecute. After the Commissioner has charge and forwarded the file to the DPP, the DPP have the power to prosecute the matter or to discontinue it. Counsel I don’t think you have gone to school yet or if you do you have learn nothing. By the way the commissioner can also prosecute matters before the court and don’t really have to send everything to the DPP. I knows the Commissioner’s functions inside out as well as that if the DPP and the Commissioner is not legally binding to take every advice from the DPP, as a matter of fact he don’t have to listen to the DPP. ( check the Privy Council Ruling in the famous Antigua Case, “Stedroy Benjamin Vs the DPP).
  • Diaspora (15/01/2020, 03:19) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some clarification is needed. What is the role CoP and DPP in charging someone for violating the law(s)? Is it that the CoP investigate crimes and forward finding(s) to the DPP for charging or the CoP investigate crimes, charge if needed and forward to DPP for prosecuting. If the CoP charge someone with a crime, does the DPP have the option to prosecute or not? Does the CoP forward all investigations to DPP? Does the forwarding of the ESHS Wall project indicate violation of procurement laws and there was criminal conduct or there was violation of procurement laws but no criminal wrong doing? Are there administrative solutions to the violations? Is the CoP passing the buck?
    • Just Curious (16/01/2020, 08:15) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      The CoP and the DPP works together to achieve one common goal. The police have the authority to charge, but what sense does it makes when the police charge someone for the DPP to say they will not prosecute? The DPP has the constitutional power to prosecute or not to prosecute any matter. As a matter of fact the DPP, in the middle of a trial has the power to discontinue thw case. The CoP will seek guidance because there are times you will have some evidence but is the evidence enough to secure a conviction? Remember the prosecution MUST prove beyond a reasonable doubt the guilt of any peraon charge, and as such they must be able to make the best decision before they decide to waste taxpayers money on a case that will ultimately be dismissed because of insufficient evidence. Always remember the good old phrase "one hand washes the other".
  • @law student (15/01/2020, 04:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tell he ask Fraser and James
  • Penny (15/01/2020, 05:26) Like (18) Dislike (13) Reply
    Charge what?....the man sid nothing wrong ....he only try to help this country ..they need to stop this nonsense ...they want to bring him down ...if they do many others are coming down with him..cause many needs to be investigated ...y all fingers pointing at only him...tired of this nonsense about wall everyday..
  • Xxx (15/01/2020, 06:08) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    So dr smith gone free with the plane and mark with the port but they want to kill poor mvw

    Do for do
  • Liberty (15/01/2020, 07:52) Like (33) Dislike (15) Reply
    They know Mayron's political potential, and they want to annihilate him politically. But let's wait for the next election and we'll see that he will be the next Premier
  • drama queen (15/01/2020, 08:05) Like (17) Dislike (5) Reply
    This place is full of pure drama.Sick of reading the news everything is over and over, again and again. Stop the foolishness and get on with the country. This country is becoming like a stagnant water. Get over the damn wall and plane. So many monies went down the drain already. Dust yourself off and start all over again. You all are jealous of Myron.
    • @ drama queen (15/01/2020, 12:25) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      you send Allen and Bevis to jail but we must over look this NEVER NEVER what is good for one is good for all. ALLEN is a local
  • VINO AGAIN (15/01/2020, 09:27) Like (12) Dislike (12) Reply
    Poor VINO and its workers. Wants and Wishes to see a good man down!.... He is the STILL the BEST man for Premier - Educationally, his public speaking skills, his physical posture, his attire...mannnn IN EVERYTHING!!
    • @ VINO AGAIN TRUMP (15/01/2020, 10:01) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      Yes blame the media they are the ones who built an over price wall never myron its the media fault fake news lol smh
    • @ VINO AGAIN TRUMP (15/01/2020, 10:05) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      It’s the media they are the one who built an overprice wall, the media fault for corruption and for sending the file to the Dpp yea the media is fake news lol smh
  • to Myron (15/01/2020, 09:48) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    You continue to stand tall and move forward. You will be just fine. The ones that is pushing forward and plotting for you to fall need to be very careful that they don’t fall in the trap that they are setting for you. Let them pursue what they want. There is plenty of dirt on the ones behind this.
    • agreed (15/01/2020, 11:10) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      There is plenty of dirt in the war chest on the ones who is behind this. Bring it on fellows, you set a snare for me, your snare is being set as we blog and sip our coffee. There is plenty of receipts, pictures and documentation in the war chest on the ones that is trying to bring Myron down. Myron might sit in JAIL but a lot others will be sitting in JAIL also. Let us start with a couple of them in the the new Administration.
  • Hog Tail (15/01/2020, 09:52) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Tit for tat
  • open wide (15/01/2020, 10:06) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yea really pull a trump it’s the media to blame lol you people and haters of a free press are sick sick sick yall
  • Hillary (15/01/2020, 10:07) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    Lock her up
  • Liberty (15/01/2020, 13:01) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    my nickname is Liberty is not Mayron, what happens you do not accept that he surpasses it in leadership and intelligence
    • @ liberty (15/01/2020, 16:30) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      political potential you mad? The people spoke Loud and clear last election; we do not need him in office must less as Premier..you got to be mad. BVI is not for sale, its for we the LOCALS
  • staff (16/01/2020, 04:27) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Just ask the staff at the ministry of education about his 8 years there it was pure hell. Everything was about him and him alone. He was the accountant, the chief and the messenger

    One worker did not come into work each time he asked her to do something she knew was wrong

    Funny man was so oppressive every money spent he had to approve a big dictator; look the bvi is better off with him gone out of politics. What a victory for the people
  • investigate (16/01/2020, 09:30) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply

    Why the COP DON'T INVESTIGATE HIS DEP***



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