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UPDATE: Stabbed Prison Officer out of hospital

February 17th, 2015 | Tags: Rohan Fagen HM Prisons stabbing lockdown
Prison Officers, not in photo, say that both Prison Officers and Inmates have many challenges that need to be addressed urgently but no one seems to be listening. Photo: VINO
A source told this news site on February 15, 2015 that the Prison Officer was armed with a knife and during a struggle the inmate got the knife from him and stabbed him with it. Photo: VINO/File
A source told this news site on February 15, 2015 that the Prison Officer was armed with a knife and during a struggle the inmate got the knife from him and stabbed him with it. Photo: VINO/File
An emergency meeting was convened following the incident. Above is Superintendent of Prisons David Foot. Photo: VINO/File
An emergency meeting was convened following the incident. Above is Superintendent of Prisons David Foot. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Public Relations Department and sources close to the Prison Officer, Rohan Fagan, who was stabbed while on duty by a prison inmate at Her Majesty’s Prison, Balsam Ghut, Tortola, on Sunday February 15, 2015 has been discharged from hospital.

"The Prison Officer who was receiving treatment for stab wounds in an incident at Her Majesty’s Prison yesterday has been discharged from Peebles Hospital. One suspect, a prison inmate, has been identified.

Police are continuing to interview witnesses however initial inquiries suggest that the Prison Officer was on duty making his rounds when the incident occurred. Police investigations are ongoing,” said the RVIPF press release, after the story of the stabbing was firstly and accurately broken by this news site on Sunday February 15, 2015. 

Sources close to Mr Fagan told this news site that he is obviously still in some measure of pain but is expected to recover. This news site was told that while not yet back on duty, he will be seriously grilled as to what led to the incident on Sunday that resulted in him sustaining the wound. 

“What happened is very unfortunate, prisoners have one story to tell and the Prison Officers have another story to tell. At the end justice must be served and it also shows very clearly that there is need for serious upgrades at that prison,” said one Prison Officer. 

“There are a lot of things that are going on here and no one is listening, Prison Officers have serious issue and inmates have serious issues but everyone listening to what they want to listen to. We now know that they will, or I should say I hope they will listen now otherwise a lot more things are going to happen and this prison walls will be too small to contain it, talk half, leave half,” said another concerned Prison Officer.

See previous story published on February 16, 2015:

UPDATE: ‘Prison Officer was armed with knife!’ – Source

-Inmate is alleged to have taken Officer’s knife and used it on him during a fight

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI – A source in Her Majesty’s Prison Balsam Ghut confirmed with this news site last evening February 15, 2015 that earlier the same day Prison Officer Rohan Fagen was armed with a knife measuring about 10 inches and it is this weapon that an inmate was able to wrest from him and use to stab him.

Royal Virgin Islands Police Force Public Relations Officer Diane Drayton confirmed with this news site that Police responded to an incident at Her Majesty’s Prison before 8:00 AM yesterday where a prison officer sustained stab wounds.

“He is presently being treated at Peebles Hospital. No arrests have been made as yet. Investigations are ongoing,” Drayton confirmed.

Upon speaking to our source in the prison, he said that the officers are trying to twist the events to give the impression that it was the inmate that attacked the officer. “This guard come this morning (February 15, 2015) with a knife to the inmate. The knife had a long blade of nearly 10 inches. He and the inmate had a struggle, the inmate get it from him and the inmate use it,” said the source.

“What was he doing with a knife on the compound? They are not supposed to have weapons. They have riot gears,” he said.

“The inmate used a garbage bin cover to fight [the officer] off and get the knife and use it on him. But they are trying to put things their own way,” he said.

“There are two sides to a story and I want the people to hear the inmate’s side,” the source said.

The institution was on lockdown following the stabbing yesterday and an emergency meeting convened.

See previous story published on February 15, 2015:

Inmate stabs Prison Officer @ HMP! 

-Institution on lockdown; emergency meeting convened

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI – This news site has confirmed from its sources at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP), Balsam Ghut, that a prison officer was today February 15, 2015 stabbed by an inmate of the institution.

According to sources the officer, Rohan Fagen, sustained a stab wound to the back, said to be allegedly inflicted by an inmate.

Sources say that Fagen was at the time working the maximum security block where the inmate, who is serving 20 years for attempted murder, lives.

This news site has been informed that since the unfortunate incident the prison has been on lockdown and an emergency meeting convened.

Further details are sketchy at this time but will be made available soon.

46 Responses to “UPDATE: Stabbed Prison Officer out of hospital ”

  • facts man (15/02/2015, 10:57) Like (26) Dislike (62) Reply
    remember the prison is under Myron yet another NDP failure
    • wow (15/02/2015, 12:01) Like (19) Dislike (7) Reply
      Prison is under the Governor
      • @ SMH (15/02/2015, 15:06) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
        After all those letters Myron wrote to the governor about the interfering into his Ministerial portfolio all of a sudden the prison is under the governor!!!! opportunist moo moo
      • tretretrete (16/02/2015, 09:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Prison is under Education and Culture and thats a FACT...
    • Really (15/02/2015, 13:03) Like (71) Dislike (9) Reply
      It amazes me how some folks just lay in wait for any negative situation that take place to say "tis NDP fault", rather than putting the blame where it needs to be put and/or coming up with a viable solution or suggestion for the issue at hand. If a fight brake out in a school..."tis NDP fault", if somebody get run over by a car "tis NDP fault", if a boat sink "tis NDP fault", if a goat eat the fruits of the neighbor fruit tree "tis NDP fault". Get a damn life, you're like broken record with a hidden agenda that's not very well hidden at all!!!
    • Enquiring Minds (15/02/2015, 13:38) Like (15) Dislike (8) Reply
      What Myron have to do with an inmate shanking an officer? smh#@this#idiot
      • Art (15/02/2015, 14:53) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        What must be done is eradication of the good-for-nothing politiansart who prefer to lurk in the shadows then prey on hard working citizens.
      • HMP (15/02/2015, 23:52) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
        mvw does not like being challenged
      • leadership (16/02/2015, 08:37) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
        Nothing directly, but if you are the leader of an organization and there is a failure within the organization you are ultimately accountable.
  • apple pie (15/02/2015, 11:00) Like (17) Dislike (6) Reply
    VINO its a Sunday and you still breaking news well may bouy hope this prisoner gets punish and politics does not prevail
  • Deliverance (15/02/2015, 12:11) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    that prison need a spiritual clean out...bottom line. God help us all
  • overseas (15/02/2015, 15:03) Like (9) Dislike (11) Reply
    These are some of the reason I still cannot made up my mind to return back to a place I once call home. It's very worrying and frustrating to be here wondering where you want to spend your retirement.
    • @overseas (16/02/2015, 17:00) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Perhaps you should be wondering firts what contribution you can come and make to build your country?
  • Prison guard (15/02/2015, 16:07) Like (6) Dislike (29) Reply
    He is my co worker but he wrong for carrying a weapon on the compound. That inmate is 100% right but yall want to make the man song bad. He disarm that guard and stab him with his own weapon
    • Truth Shall Set you free (15/02/2015, 20:55) Like (24) Dislike (3) Reply
      You LIAR! Prisoner come on here to spread LIES to help yourself or you're fellow inmate! Trying to spoil a good officer's name. The truth shall set you free
    • trrefdrfds (16/02/2015, 07:52) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      Ayo make me laugh! Officer carry a metal baton, don't need no knife!
      • Yes (16/02/2015, 20:17) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
        Funny you said that. We have seen it happen and heard on the media more than two or three times how people with far more dangerous weapon so I dont see how that is relavent....
    • Prison Officer (16/02/2015, 08:00) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      If you want to impersonate a Prison Officer on here at least get the job title correct. Only prisoners refer to prison officers as "guards". Second, the people on here make a convicted murderer who was removed from society by the justice system to be locked away for 20 years "song bad"? Really? Anyone who makes a statement that someone is "100% right" in trying to take someone's life while stating that the victim was "disarmed"" is obviously a criminal themselves. This was an outright attack by a violent prisoner. We need to stop running this prison like a vacation home and start implementing stronger security measures to keep our officers safe!
      • Open Minded (16/02/2015, 19:51) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
        So your saying that every person who works for the system is always right! Every prison officer or gaurd , correctional officer the title varies depends on where your from .case inpoint Iit shows how small minded you are! In todays world you cant even trust a paster much less anyone. So grow up and stop being nieve .
        • Really? (17/02/2015, 11:25) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          If you read the comment properly, Sir Open Minded, you would get the message. Open the gates of your narrow mind and let the message pass through. Let it eenneee..
  • trergdffdg (15/02/2015, 16:13) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Who is the inmate?
  • Sir Guy (15/02/2015, 17:44) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply

    First Whip his a.., second whip his a.., third charge him for attempted murder and give him another 20 years to serve after the first one is finish then ship him off to the UK. 40 years total should be just about right.

  • justice (15/02/2015, 19:32) Like (8) Dislike (24) Reply
    The Officer should not have been carrying a weapon first off if he had fear for his life, it shows lack of training especially when dealing with inmates who are deem to be dangerous now fellow citizens let's not be hasty let the laws prevail and surely Justice supersedes all, I question among other things is it possible there were prior altercation, system fail to intervene, who reported what and when and to whom. The inmate deserves Justice so too is the Officer but I submit and challenge you the system has a long history of Grave mishaps that should not have happened. Give Justice it's due chance
  • ... (15/02/2015, 21:10) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    more in the mota bossie
  • Massive (15/02/2015, 21:36) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    Wa he doin carrying a weapon on a "maximum security" wing in the first place. If he didn't have it he wouldn't have gotten stab..
    Charge he rass fo being stupid man
  • Opinion (16/02/2015, 07:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    it seem as if you all were at the location and saw everything, how else would you know the officer had a weapon. people you don't know what happened please close your face and read the news.
  • darwin award (16/02/2015, 08:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    and the darwin award nomination for 2015 goes to mr sagon
  • decision (16/02/2015, 08:22) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    A full investigation is requested from both parties involved. We do have problems with RATS watching CHEESE not only in the prison.
  • wize up (16/02/2015, 09:40) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    it will get worse before it gets better; some folks here are very disrespectful to the citzens.....
    • ehem (17/02/2015, 07:42) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Citizen? What are you saying dunce bat? Because you're a citizen accord you more respect? Really? Does being a citizen say you have a right to say and do whatever to whoever? We are human beings first and foremost if you disrespect me you get it back in the manner you dished it. Don't matter who you are or where you're from.
      • wize up (17/02/2015, 13:16) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
        ehem,, you got that right; I cant go to your country and act the fool...lots of you guys come here and you fully well know you can not conduct yourselves like so where you all came an example; some of you enter an establishment while in the BVI and want to walk pass every other person you met waiting to be served.. its is only the US-dollar that have most of you here or the chance to enter the go talk that!!!! (all you can bring is keep talking.....I hope you are in good-standing with immigration( you cant be a BV islands and so !ucking stupid)
        • ehem (17/02/2015, 23:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          You are correct in so many ways especially in the last bit. I will admit to mine if you admit to yours.
  • foot (16/02/2015, 11:43) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Even the man dem in the prison talking to the press well may bouy
  • just talk (16/02/2015, 16:30) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    what is de superintendent doin he acting like he on acaribbean vacation, eating all that free food from some female officer, and favouritism to all his news carrier
  • Peaple (16/02/2015, 20:04) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    First there is three sides to a story my side your side and the truth . The bible says " The hearts of man is desperately wicked". No man is perfect nor does a uniform makes you perfect .Non of us truly know what happened that early morning only who was involved knows.So please be mature and open minded cause you never know when you might end up in a unfortunate situation like the inmate or officer. ..
  • ehem (17/02/2015, 07:36) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Can you believe that the prisoner is telling prison system which prison officer should be working and where they should work? When that order is not carried out he decided that he will give the officer a whipping for disobeying him? At the end of it all he shanked the officer and his fellow mates who obviously had outside contacts says the PO had a knife. Wow! By the way why is this dunce not held in a box for a few weeks for his behavior and second why is violent criminals like him being housed in that manner. He and others like him should be kept separate from the general population and dealt with in a manner suited for his likes. Always with a heavy hand.
  • Batter Duntin (17/02/2015, 07:55) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    That facility should be littered with cameras. The end!
  • Citizen (19/02/2015, 12:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So the system wouldn't know that the same office and inmate had beef before and the Prison Officers brought a machete to work to deal with the inmate inmates have rights too and deserves respect it is their human rights inmates are serving time for the crime that's their punishment the lost of their freedom it is the Prison's responsibility to house feed and care for them not implement further punishment unless need be this officer had a problem with the inmate the inmate should have been protected against him bottom line. Those officers at the prisons are mostly dunce high school drop out and expats who wont qualify for garbage work because these garbage truck owners are now requiring that you have the bare minimum a high school diploma. Foot need to bring in trained expats and rid the prison of the fools that are there don't get me wrong there are some who are very good and there are those who cant even spell or read foot clean up the prison let the inmate be comfortable where they live.

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