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January 13th, 2023
'There are inmates awaiting trial for up to 5 years'- Guy M. Hill

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The old maxim ‘Justice delayed is justice denied’, which means that if legal redress or equitable relief is available, but is not forthcoming in a timely fashion, it is effectively the same as having no remedy at all, may very well apply to the state of judicial affairs in the Virgin Islands (VI).

August 26th, 2022
Prison officer stabbed in face by inmate @ HMP

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- A prison officer is reportedly nursing a wound inflicted to his face by an inmate of Her Majesty's Prison (HMP) at Balsam Ghut, Tortola on August 25, 2022.

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.

October 31st, 2021
UPDATE: Escaped prisoner Germaine Sebastian was serving life sentence

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- The inmate who escaped from Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) in Balsam Ghut, Tortola has been identified as Germaine Sebastian, who was serving life in prison after being convicted for Manslaughter back in 2006.

October 30th, 2021
Governors refused to deport convicted expats out of VI- Premier

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has revealed that past Governors of the Virgin Islands (VI) had refused to take a decision to deport convicted expat criminals after they served a sentence in Her Majesty's Prison (HM Prison), despite being pressed by the Elected Government to have the individuals deported.

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.

June 17th, 2021
Nine arrested & questioned over HM Prison stabbing death

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- Nine male inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut, Tortola, have since been arrested and questioned in relation to the stabbing death of fellow inmate Nickail Chambers on the evening of May 30, 2021.

June 8th, 2021
HMP inmate allegedly makes death threats to prison officers & families

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- Some officers at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut are said to be concerned for their safety as well as their families, following death threats made to them by at least one inmate.

June 3rd, 2021
In-person visits to HMP suspended, drop-offs allowed

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- In the wake of the violent altercation that caused the death of Nickail Chambers and the injury of three others at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) on Sunday night, May 30, 2021, Government has suspended all in-person visits to the prison.

June 2nd, 2021
Joint services conduct early morning search @HMP

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- Information reaching our newsroom from sources at Her Majesty's Prison (HMP) in Balsam Ghut, Tortola, is that there was a search of the prison this morning, June 2, 2021.

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