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July 3rd, 2022
HMP inmate Jose Almestica reportedly stabbed

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- Word just reaching our newsroom is that inmate at Her Majesty's Prison in Balsam Ghut Jose Almestica has been rushed to Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital with stab wounds.

May 7th, 2022
Visitations @ HMP resumes for three days weekly

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI – The Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) facility in Balsam Ghut Tortola has re-opened to visitors for three days weekly after visitations were stopped as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 24th, 2022
Man serving life sentence @ HMP allegedly stabbed

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- Information just reaching our newsroom indicates that a prisoner serving a life sentence at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) for murder and attempted murder was stabbed this evening, March 24, 2022.

February 22nd, 2022
Clifton Stoutt gets 8 months @ HMP for burglarising Island Sizzle

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- On Monday, February 21, 2021, Baughers Bay resident Clifton Stoutt was sentenced to eight months behind bars for burglarising Island Sizzle in the same community on November 16, 2021.

January 20th, 2022
Over 50 persons on remand @ HMP, spanning 6 mths to 3 years!– Hill

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- Superintendent of Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) in Balsam Ghut, Mr Guy M. Hill said currently there are more than 50 individuals on remand at the state facility.

December 10th, 2021
Recaptured fugitive & girlfriend remanded to HMP

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Recaptured fugitive Jose Almestica of the US Virgin Islands and his girlfriend, Sea Cows Bay resident Jennifer Smith, were both ordered to be remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut following their virtual court appearance before Senior Magistrate Tamia N. Richards on Thursday, December 9, 2021.

December 8th, 2021
Man who escaped HMP following Hurricane Irma recaptured

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force yesterday, December 7, 2021, arrested and charged Jose Almestica, 33, for escaping lawful custody.

September 29th, 2021
UPDATE: Prison officers Mark Kendall & Sharlene Maduro charged

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI – The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has confirmed Virgin Islands News Online’s first and accurate story about two prison officers being arrested as investigations continue into the murder of Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) inmate Nickail Chambers in May 2021.

September 3rd, 2021
VI Gov’t to pay $269K to St Lucia for accommodating VI prisoners

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Cabinet of the Virgin Islands has approved payments of $269,940 to be paid to the Government of St Lucia, for accommodating prisoners as a result of damages to the Her Majesty’s Prison by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.

July 28th, 2021
HMP inmate serving life sentence allegedly threatens to kill prison officer

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- A prisoner at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) in Balsam Ghut on Tortola has reportedly threatened to kill a prison officer.

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