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UPDATE: Inmates charged over May 12, 2024, HMP stabbing

TAs first and accurately reported by Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) on a stabbing incident that occurred at His Majesty’s Prison (HMP) on May 12, 2023, inmates connected to the incident have been charged.. Photo: VINO/File
St Kitts national Shakeel Ryan was reportedly stabbed at His Majesty's Prison in Balsam Ghut on May 12, 2024. Photo: Team of Reporters
St Kitts national Shakeel Ryan was reportedly stabbed at His Majesty's Prison in Balsam Ghut on May 12, 2024. Photo: Team of Reporters
BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- As first and accurately reported by Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) on a stabbing incident that occurred at His Majesty’s Prison (HMP) on May 12, 2024, inmates connected to the incident have been charged.

The victim was identified as Shakeel Ryan a national of St Kitts, who was rushed to Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital in Road Town, the capital city, for medical attention.

Officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) in a release today, May 16, 2024, said the stabbing occurred just after 4 pm on the day in question and following the incident, one inmate was transported to Dr. Orlando Smith Hospital for medical treatment. 

Meanwhile, police said two inmates were removed from the prison for questioning and later charged over the stabbing.

Police have charged Andreas Norford and Essadro Jefferson with wounding with Intent over the incident and have returned the men to HMP n Balsam Ghut facility pending the next available court date.

Our News Centre will bring more information as it becomes available.

See previous story published on May 13, 2024

Prisoner stabbed @ HM Prison in Balsam Ghut

- Victim identified as Shakeel Ryan

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- Word reaching our news centre from senior sources at His Majesty’s Prison (HMP) is that yesterday, Sunday, May 12, 2024, an inmate was stabbed on the compound.

The incident occurred between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm, and the victim was identified as Shakeel Ryan.

Mr Ryan, a national of St Kitts, was rushed to Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital in Road Town, the capital city, for medical attention.

The extent of his injuries is not known.

Investigations are ongoing and two persons have reportedly been named as the perpetrators.

Mr Ryan, who is incarcerated for conspiracy to murder, was still hospitalised up to publication time.

Officials at the state prison are tight-lipped over the incident; however, there is no general lockdown of the facility outside of the immediate wing where the stabbing occurred.

Our newsroom will provide more details as they become available.

37 Responses to “UPDATE: Inmates charged over May 12, 2024, HMP stabbing ”

  • oz (13/05/2024, 11:10) Like (70) Dislike (6) Reply
    Well to be honest, that place hasn't been run like a prison in a very very long time. The criminals are living it up in there with name brand clothes, drugs, phones,money etc. And they're not hiding cause they're posting pics on social media.
    • Greg (15/05/2024, 22:34) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      He was arrested and involved in attempted murder, and now he is the recipient of attempted murder. Karma Lives.
  • Realtor (13/05/2024, 12:29) Like (19) Dislike (46) Reply
    Looks like a nice place for CoP Collins to reside.
  • Norris Turnbull (13/05/2024, 12:40) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    That ain't suppose to happen with John Bull in charge. Wow.
  • Shock... (13/05/2024, 12:49) Like (22) Dislike (27) Reply
    Please stop referring to Road 'TOWN" as a city!
    • pray (13/05/2024, 13:00) Like (22) Dislike (11) Reply
      Is that all you took from this article? I feel sorry for you lost soul. Prayer changes things and people too
    • Jones (13/05/2024, 15:52) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
      I concur, it sounds so ridiculous. Road Town is a Town, not Road Town City
  • Real Talk (13/05/2024, 12:56) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply


  • @ REALTOR (13/05/2024, 13:01) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
    That ego of yours is working against you , this the best you can promote ( RACISM ) your marster in miami , who has disgraced his family / the bvi , and you down here crying out * FREE THE DREW * you got another new name , Collins need to put you up balo with PUMKIN along with your WIG ,
  • Sugg (13/05/2024, 14:09) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ship him to St Kitts for his room and board and a safer environment
  • Wellsah (13/05/2024, 14:10) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    too cute for prison they tried to take his fruit cocktail
  • Safe Tee (13/05/2024, 15:49) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Send him to the safety of his CARICOM country of ST Kitts. He could be exchanged with a BVIslander housed in the ST Kitts prison.
    No BVIslander in ST Kitts much less their prison dem say.
    Well for the $30,000 +US Dollars yearly UK slathering on his upkeep ,Kittitian murderer to be,his blood should be too expensive for spilling ,
    ....precious blood there.
  • Jane (13/05/2024, 15:55) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    Those guards help set up those prisoners most of the time
  • Xxx (13/05/2024, 17:01) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    The facilities manager must be held accountable
  • Dark (13/05/2024, 20:04) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Them same 2 brothers that do the stabbing, they say that they does sex each other AJ and S
  • He like man too (13/05/2024, 23:52) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    the new prison boss is a joke not ready for this work
  • Hmmmm (14/05/2024, 09:13) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where have we seen that picture before?
    Last time he was blurred out and she was shown.
    These two attract trouble.
  • shark (14/05/2024, 18:17) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    The prison superintendent is a joke mixing imates everytime you need a local man how long will white rules BVI
    • Blindman (16/05/2024, 18:45) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      @shark you finally woke , for the prison to operate properly you need a rotating system of the guards with officers from the UK and turks and caicos these guys dont play or mix with inmates so every 3 months shift officers noone get acustom with officers and prisoners cant send or have person making attempt on officers life or family cause there is none here. Provide live in quarters
  • Make sure (15/05/2024, 05:14) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please make sure that these people get back to their country after serving time. And I know that this is not happening but it must happen. Crime way out of control and you releasing them back on us? That's not right!
  • HMP (15/05/2024, 11:16) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    HMP listen you know this young man was gonna get harm one day. cause he spoke the truth on the two that stab him. you at hmp should have made sure he was kept away from these two so tell me what will your answer be. how did these two got the chance to get close to him when he is over on the A wing side since he got his time.

    someone set this up and your officers are being paid to do these thing. HMP you need a good clean out all new officer and head master cause you all just showing up to work but not doing your work. HMP is not that big that you cant get your inmate in check or keep inmate away from each other.

    stop take the money and close your eyes officer

    time will tell when you get what coming to you.
  • asura (16/05/2024, 18:44) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    vino you still always the first the best
  • sugar city (16/05/2024, 19:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Them sk man got war home and war in there.
  • Real People (16/05/2024, 19:53) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    I convinced. Norford and Jefferson like **n . They willing to spend the rest of there life up there on that hill instead of freedom. All for what benefit?
    • @RP (17/05/2024, 14:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Dey up there for life so it is like they have nothing to lose but their lives.
  • …. (16/05/2024, 21:27) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Sk bs sk
  • Andreas Norton (16/05/2024, 22:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    We extradited him back from St Kitts so the BVI taxpayer can fund this murdered for 37 years!

    "In 2022 a bladed weapon was found during a search of the defendant’s cell. The court heard that Mr Norford had not taken part in any prison work, counselling or educational programmes. As a result of his behaviour, he was housed in either the maximum-security unit or in segregation at HM Prison Balsam Ghut."

    History does repeat itself.
  • again! (16/05/2024, 22:24) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply

    These two already stabbed Chambers to death in prison! What is happening? Our prison run by serial murderers?
  • J (16/05/2024, 22:50) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    You are the best prison chief we got over the past ten years by far we have confidence in you .
  • cnn (17/05/2024, 06:00) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Send them back to st Kitts
  • Eye for an eye (17/05/2024, 06:49) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I have stopped thinking of these guys as people. When I think of the way brutally murdered and attacked others while free, my only response is to let karma rule. An eye for an eye,
  • Forbidden Truth (17/05/2024, 07:06) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    If a local was up there in charge, a lot who working there would have drag their name through the mud but hmm. How come the white man ain't getting the same sentiments?
  • Wellsah (17/05/2024, 16:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pictures please

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