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Sex between officers & inmates, drugs, cellphones! @ HMP

- complaints of multiple infractions committed by prison officers & inmates made to this news site
There has reportedly been a breakdown in law and order at Her Majesty's Prison in Balsam Ghut. Photo: VINO/File
Not putting his foot down! Superintendent of Prisons David Foot has been accused of not effectively arresting the lawless situation at Her Majesty's Prison. Photo: VINO/File
Not putting his foot down! Superintendent of Prisons David Foot has been accused of not effectively arresting the lawless situation at Her Majesty's Prison. Photo: VINO/File
BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI – Prison Officers having sexual intercourse with inmates, selling drugs and cell phones to inmates, visitation protocols being breached, scant regards to officers’ complaints are just a few of the challenges allegedly plaguing Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut, Tortola.

It’s not the first time that officers attached to the correctional facility have lodged complaints with this news site about infractions being committed by both inmates and prison officers.

‘Somebody will get killed up here’

A person with very close affiliation to the local facility recently made contact with this news site alleging that the situation at HMP has been getting worse, noting that the infractions have continuously been reported with no resolution and in direct words, “Somebody need to get this in the papers so that someone can read it and the Minister could see and do something about it cause somebody will get kill up here.”

It was clearly explained that prison officers are supplying inmates with drugs and also having sex with them. “Officers having sex with inmates and all kinds of foolishness. These are female officers having sex with inmates and male officers. An officer having sex with an officer is not a problem but they are not supposed to interfere with the government inmates as we would call them. Those are government property,” said the source.

“Officers selling inmates cell phones and all that foolishness going on up here….the drugs and cell phones – we have a team call the security team, they supposed to mask up and come in and search up people.. the supervisor for the security team supposed to organise, call police, call customs, they come in with the dogs and they search. They had that twice.”

It was also told to this news site that there are instances where visitation protocols are being breached and condoned by some prison officers.

It was alleged that complaints are falling on deaf ears. “It just keep happening. Officers bringing in drugs for inmates, the jail full of drugs and cell phones,” alleged our source.

Things are said to be of such gravity that there are instances where inmates are allegedly “slapping off” prison officers. “You write a report nothing coming out of it. It is like you going to the Superintendent with these things and he is like he will get to the bottom of it and is like you lock down the inmate for a day or two, the inmate come back out and the same foolishness.”

Inmate singled out

The name of inmate Wakima Lettsome was labelled as being one of the most difficult, allegedly causing havoc in the prison. Reference was made of him once stabbing an officer and its said that his behaviour has not altered. He is accused of turning up the food station when he is not pleased with the meals provided, among other things.

Things are to such an extent that it is alleged that some officers report more sick days than actual working days.

The superintendent of Prisons Mr David Foot got a lot of flogging from our source who said he is guilty of not handling matters properly. It was alleged what when certain officers take complaints to him in the presence of the alleged defaulting inmate, he “runs you out” his office and keeps the inmate in.

“Now when the inmate comes out the office he watching you and smile. He had to be telling he something for he to be smiling,” the source alleged.

Meanwhile, all attempts to reach Mr Foot for a comment proved futile; however, this news site will continue to try to reach the prison boss to get a response to the disturbing allegations.

HMP falls under the portfolio of controversial Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn, who could not be reached for comments.

52 Responses to “Sex between officers & inmates, drugs, cellphones! @ HMP”

  • mad man (19/07/2016, 09:46) Like (9) Dislike (13) Reply
    A HUNGRY MAN IS AN ANGRY MAN,.. just feed them good Spanish food das it
    • rewrsdffds (19/07/2016, 12:50) Like (33) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Mad Man, if he wanted to enjoy good Spanish food, he should have kept his behind out of trouble then he would have been on the outside to enjoy whatever he wanted. He better be thankful for the food the tax payers is footing the bill for. They eating better than most of us law abiding working people.
    • the rock (19/07/2016, 21:49) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      if it was up to me, all prisons guards would of been 6ft- 5ins tall and has to weigh over 250lbs of not fat but muscle, and last but not least, has to have a nasty attitude, the prison would not be that full of inmates and also not that much issues!
  • x immate (19/07/2016, 09:49) Like (19) Dislike (5) Reply
    and its all true
  • Angel (19/07/2016, 09:53) Like (22) Dislike (11) Reply
    funny man fired our local Charles for a White man so ayo tek dat
  • drake'sbabymama (19/07/2016, 10:20) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    another reason why i'm staying out of trouble.
  • wize up (19/07/2016, 10:21) Like (12) Dislike (8) Reply
    Officer sound upset and why he only talking now???
  • Failure (19/07/2016, 10:51) Like (35) Dislike (9) Reply
    David Foot turned out to be the biggest let down at HMP!! There was all this hype about a UK head for the prison, and the prison is worse than ever before. Stop bringing these people that have no regard for change here to vacation!!

  • de silent one (19/07/2016, 10:58) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    That institution has been in a mess for quite some time now, and it don't seems like it will be fix anytime soon either, maybe until an officer get kill. But then, they are to be blame for most of the lawlessness that goes on up there too. Not following procedures/policies, taking money from inmates, allowing illegal things through on the premises because of friendship and other reason, so what does one expect. Officers are having affairs with inmates and officers are having affairs with officers, a total break down of discipline. Some years ago, there was an uprising there, where the inmates took over the prison and it seems to be on the verge of happening again, god forbid.
  • miseeitall (19/07/2016, 11:05) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    True mi kn of one offffff is doing the same thingsi said same things U R tking about
  • Boss (19/07/2016, 11:28) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mr governor, you need to take control of the prison, i know part of your portfolio is the prison.
  • I knew it!!!! (19/07/2016, 11:32) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    This has been going on for the longest. The inmates run the prison system. You all think you all see things yet? This is only the rehearsal of what is getting ready to come. He going up to food station if he is not pleased with the food? He need to be served cow
    S%^t and donkey piss for breakfast, lunch and dinner. That is one of the reasons people is not afraid of going to the Marriot Hotel Suites on the hill. You pass by the prison, you see them out in the yard like a bunch of roaches scurrying around. Well, you get rid of one roach, 50 more turn up.
  • NDP supporter (19/07/2016, 12:23) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
    The NDP speaks well & makes you feel well but they have put our country into hell.
  • tretretrete (19/07/2016, 12:28) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    "Those are government property" i sin like the sound of that.
  • SB (19/07/2016, 12:46) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Prisoners seem all smiles so its allll good after all better the guards angry than the inmates feel me. That boy smart.
  • tretretrete (19/07/2016, 12:57) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
    White man please shut up! U well know that been going on all the time ! Holder was the best !!!!!!!
    • You have no idea (19/07/2016, 13:59) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      You can not put a man who has spent years locking up criminals and expect him to have a decent rehab going on. Holder was a great police and a terrible supt. of prison.
    • Tell us something new. (24/07/2016, 18:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I too admired Holder, but the truth be told, I visited the prison once under Holder's watch and the strong smell of marijuana was present pouring out the cells. What's new? In my opinion, that has been going on through both governments and under the watch of all Heads of Prisons. No control and total chaos. Now we have a Vacationer at the top.
  • Sam (19/07/2016, 13:18) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wakima need to be kept lock down for 23 hours a day and even when he is let out for the hour he should be kept hand cuffed. Punks like him only can get away with that type of behaviour here. They should sent him to Turkr or Cayman Islands or Jamaica...
    • Yep (19/07/2016, 14:22) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      Handcuffs and leg chains, see, a hog knows what pile of garbage to root in. Let them keep playing with dude. If he was in another prison and he go with that S#%t about turning up in food area, his behind would be walking around with ten broken fingers and in the hole/solitary confinement for a couple of days. Keep playing with that dude. He think he is Alpha male but he ain't that tough. Dude suck his thumb on the downlow.
    • Lol end (19/07/2016, 14:31) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
      Send him Jamaica, he wouldnt last a hour, llol
      They need to give the officers rights to punish them inmates. Nigga's give trouble on the street and still giving trouble in prison.
      All who say officers must get go ahead to punish inmate click like.
  • only a matter of time (19/07/2016, 13:57) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    before guns are sold for big money up there
  • Llol end (19/07/2016, 14:35) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Foot only one man what about the other senior officers that is there for over 20..year... And not standind up. I racist but truth is truth Justice is justice
  • True (19/07/2016, 16:36) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lolol end, you are so right. All those two jokers are doing is collecting the government money. They don't worth the paper their names are printing on. It is his fault. He had a right to get rid of them from the time he got here. All day they are up in his face with lies and gossip. It is the deputy who supposed to run the institution. Foot should only give instructions what he needs carry out.. The slang " Nobody going to kill me or 20 people would have to make a decision. When an officer questioned a decision. The word out of his mouth is it is the management team decision.. The next fool, talks like when he was given taling butter. He used continuously big words with no sentence structure. He is only interested in power. What a mess. Foot got to be a man and fix these problelms or he will end up like the s other supt. Tell the government you support staff.
  • Hmm (19/07/2016, 16:40) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Nasty Officers (ladies) Having sex with those Criminals should be ashamed. and i know u all got man and husband nasty people should all be fired if its true
    • I agree (19/07/2016, 22:22) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Those officers is one bunch of ratchet nastiness. These women don't have no respect or morals. How can they stoop so low and degrade themselves. No wonder the inmates don't have any type of respect for them. This also goes for the nasty male officers. (STD's) is going to break out soon at the Hotel/Brothel on the hill.

  • abroad (19/07/2016, 16:52) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Oh well... Tortola need to look closer at what is really going on here. Put people in charge that abide the laws and want to see better not someone who don't care and why should he, hmmm... he'said not even from there. Mr. Forbes was trying and was also trying to fix certain things but they didn't want to listen. Now we get what the duck get f...
  • insider (19/07/2016, 17:07) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    So the ministry call foot down look melee
  • eye spell (19/07/2016, 17:15) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Them source need come forward with names to the Police or Myrun, talkin makin noise mean nuthin face up and run these sexing corrupt guard out of here. Big man rat em out
  • eye in the sky (19/07/2016, 18:00) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well if no one in authority don't take action with this information, we will reap mass casualties. Corruption is just rampant in Tortola and a blind eye is being turned . Anyone ever wondered if all this is a setup to make the Governmemt fail and UK send in who they want to restore order. Mr. Walwyn meson all you wake the hell up and stop this $hit . All you to smart to be allowing these kind of NONSENCE to be happening.. Mr. F probably getting his zipper pull down to keep quiet. I just can't under what the hell is going on up there. Richard Holder was the only one that tried but didn't got the support..
  • Smile (19/07/2016, 18:27) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    All the senior male officers have a female officer as their lover. The fight for positions for them and they get their desire. What a thing!
  • Gotz 2 b (19/07/2016, 18:47) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    A f**** Rat guard...smfh, leh dem pwile n use fone,drugs etc. Must wan man start b cont.
  • poor man (19/07/2016, 19:37) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    Boy poor Mr.Lettsome the man have been on report in months and still them won't leave him alone... Stay strong . People generally don't like you once they fear you!
    • really?? (19/07/2016, 22:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @poor man, don't get it twisted, he is just putting up a front. If he stay in his place, then maybe whoever they are will leave him alone.
  • X inmate remanded (19/07/2016, 22:08) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ayo worrying bout phones an drugs!! What bout a person being in jail remanded for months an years waiting on a case to call an that's wha u worried about I remember s remanded persons go to court every week or two !! Not for months an months wasting the ppl lives... Some of da inmates have family's an more so before we fix da jail let's fix the court system
  • Health (19/07/2016, 22:59) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Those nasty prison guards male and females is a disgrace to the job. They do the nastiness with each other and the inmates then go home to their wives and husbands. How dirty can you get. They need to fumigate all of them in Lysol, Bleach and Ammonia.
  • Liat 521 (19/07/2016, 23:27) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
  • jj (19/07/2016, 23:38) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Come on Mr. Foot, do the right thing, and quickly too.
  • talk bring talk (20/07/2016, 07:14) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don't blame the superintendent he has a management team that he put in place to do things namely deputy sup, assistant sup, and all the principle officers he will gave them tasks to complete and they turn those tasks over to the junior officers to do and turn their backs. Alot of seniors are collecting a full salary and don't even dem a full eight hours on the compound of they do come at all.they are the ones to be blame.let superintendent foot leave now for a few days you will want to know if there any seniors working in the prison, those who don't come at all and those who will come at eight and leave at mine staying they have to attend a meeting in town. So investigate well before you start judging the superintendent for his management team unprofessionalizum
  • Yes (20/07/2016, 09:13) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    There's an old saying, "If you want to see how a society truly is, check their prison systems."
  • maybe (20/07/2016, 18:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    They need to paint the inside of the damn prison hot pink, pink sheets, pink everything the inmates use should be pink. They also need to put nursery rhymes music on everyday, let them go to bed and wake up hearing Mary had a little lamb and twinkle, twinkle little star. Bet they won't use prison as a revolving door.
  • maybe (20/07/2016, 18:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    They need to paint the inside of the damn prison hot pink, pink sheets, pink everything the inmates use should be pink. They also need to put nursery rhymes music on everyday, let them go to bed and wake up hearing Mary had a little lamb and twinkle, twinkle little star. Bet they won't use prison as a revolving door.
  • Ain't now (20/07/2016, 21:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Old news
  • funny thing is (21/07/2016, 07:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    Where the prison is located nobody gaves a rat sh*t about it, the government don't study the prison it's behind of God's back .nobody care about the officers and prisoners alike.

  • No one cares (21/07/2016, 09:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let them all sit up in the dredge hole
    and destroy each other up there. Old news this has been going on for the longest. The only thing people need to do is worry about is taking care of their 4 corners/home.
  • maco (21/07/2016, 17:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about those before the court for sticky fingers and those that had sticky fingers at their former work place, and they employ dem thief hmp and those that stealing right inside there before and still happening
  • g (21/07/2016, 17:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • UNTED (22/07/2016, 08:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Stop listening to everything media posts, turning you guys against each other.
  • long look me come from (22/07/2016, 23:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would like to ask you to Join me in PRAYER for our "Beloved country, the BVI land we Love".

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