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UPDATE: Treh Williams found dead in cell @HMP

Treh Williams was found unconscious in his cell at the state-owned penitentiary at Balsam Ghut on the main island of Tortola on March 21, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
It is unclear at this time how an inmate of Her Majesty's Prison at Balsam Ghut managed to take his own life today, March 21, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
It is unclear at this time how an inmate of Her Majesty's Prison at Balsam Ghut managed to take his own life today, March 21, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- It was sometime after 4:00 PM on March 21, 2017 that inmate Treh Williams was found unconscious in his cell at the state-owned penitentiary at Balsam Ghut on the main island of Tortola.

He was later pronounced dead by a doctor on the site. Williams’ age is not known to our newsroom at this time, but he is believed to be in his twenties.

The East End, Tortola resident was incarcerated for six months for assault charges, but also had allegedly escaped from Her Majesty's Prison a few weeks ago but was recaptured.

It is not clear what drove the Virgin Islander to reportedly take his own life. Prison officials are tight-lipped over more details pertaining to his death.

See previous story published March 21, 2017

HM Prison inmate allegedly commits suicide

Information reaching our newsroom is that an inmate of Her Majesty's Prison (HMP) at Balsam Ghut, on the main island of Tortola, has committed suicide.

According to reports, the prisoner was found dead in his cell sometime today, March 21, 2017.

Virgin Islands News Online knows the name of the prisoner but will not disclose until it has been established that next of kin has been properly notified.

It is unclear at this time how the prisoner managed to take his own life.

More details to follow.

51 Responses to “UPDATE: Treh Williams found dead in cell @HMP”

  • This is (21/03/2017, 17:32) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
    crazy what's going on in the BVI.

    • EX (21/03/2017, 19:09) Like (14) Dislike (38) Reply
      Nothing as compared to what's happening where you're from!
      • Bvi my home. (21/03/2017, 21:36) Like (5) Dislike (11) Reply
        I like that everything for them is what happening in the boo like only the boo have deaths..... death is normal.
        • Not from Here (22/03/2017, 19:37) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
          You sound ignorant like the previous person who commented. Anyone can ask what is going on in the bvi? the same way I can ask whats going on Rock, you small minded idiots who can't comprehend.
    • wize up (22/03/2017, 07:59) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ this is:. this is another sad chapter in BVI: on another note-our young men needs to put away the guns because they are killing off the future of the territory: our forefathers injured slavery and we are now at the crossroads but these killings will set this community back 20 years: I am 100% old school but understand that change is a must but looking around modern day BVI the incidents​ of black on black crime in this territory is at a record high(others​ nationals comes to this territory​ and live in harmony while some of us engage in utter foolishness that is counterproductive for citzens of the BVI)... Just saying
  • vi (21/03/2017, 17:45) Like (75) Dislike (7) Reply
    The young people need counselling and the older people in the churches and in society need to get out and walk ,meet and sit with the younger generation and give them good advise, be there friends . lots of the kids have domestic issues at home.

    There are lots of unhappy homes here and for a small community we are not helping to guide these young people. we too much into ourselves and quick to say the kids rude.
    • nonono (21/03/2017, 19:50) Like (47) Dislike (13) Reply
      Church is not about helping your neighbour or family, silly. Church is a business selling oral free passes. It is about controlling people and getting them to hate certain things that the shareholder/pastor doesn't understand.

      It can't be about helping people (genuinely- not just cash bribes for votes) because BVI is full of pastors and churches so we'd be awash with people doing good things in the community.
    • Gumption.Official (21/03/2017, 21:19) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
      When myself and others like myself step out, speak out etc "were discouraged by our own ". It's really hard trust me it's not easy.
  • Cats (21/03/2017, 17:49) Like (20) Dislike (37) Reply
    Those cats they have hanging around is what's happening to our BVI people we have to get ready God is coming
    • Anita (21/03/2017, 19:03) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
      You came back with that .... again!
    • Unfortunately (21/03/2017, 19:09) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
      Try go and pray withbyour foolie shite
    • Jeeze (21/03/2017, 19:39) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
      @Cats, those poor innocent animals have nothing to do with what is going on.
    • you again (21/03/2017, 20:53) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      You with the nonsense about cats again? Man just stop with the nonsense already. Cats are so loving. You treat them bad or hurt them, you will have bad luck you treat them nice, you will be alright.
      • MEOW (22/03/2017, 09:33) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
        First Respect to the Family and my sincere condolences. I agree. Don't harm the cats. I love cats and black ones in particular. When I was very young we had a black cat that lived 13 years and he was adorable. I'll love to see 20 black cats put up. Maybe I can start making my own to post around the island.
        • Top cat (22/03/2017, 10:56) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
          @Meow, I agree with you and I feel the same way that you do. Also, my condolences to the family of the young man. I have a cat and he is so sweet. He is my alarm clock, he wakes me at 5:00 am every day for work. If I see anyone harming a cat I am going to turn them in.
      • wize up (22/03/2017, 18:08) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        @ you again: 7 black cats
    • Bvi my home (21/03/2017, 21:38) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
      Y'all sickening bout them cats story.... last days people must dead life goes on stupesssdss...... it must be ur dumb ads ain't from here.
    • chad (21/03/2017, 21:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I truly believe so
    • (284) (22/03/2017, 06:53) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Lol!!! Stupid.
  • mama (21/03/2017, 17:56) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    He couldn't wait six months sigh RIP fammo
  • Crying for the youths (21/03/2017, 18:10) Like (24) Dislike (5) Reply
    I agree with vi. Many of our young people are behaving in a negative manner because they are begging for help. The church members need to do more. Go and meet with these youths on the corners, visit those in prison and listen to their cries and take action to help them.
    • Sassy (22/03/2017, 05:03) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      NTCOG does go to meet with them! An individual's own mind could be their best friend or worst enemy! Only God can break the evil forces if the enemy.
    • liz (22/03/2017, 08:28) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      you as a Christian, when are you going to meet with them???
  • Peter Crumble (21/03/2017, 18:29) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
  • smh (21/03/2017, 18:30) Like (2) Dislike (19) Reply
  • Oh GOD! (21/03/2017, 18:32) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
  • Well!!!!!! (21/03/2017, 18:35) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    Me.williams didn't have to take his life it was his fault he was in there. Prison is a place to teach people to right their wrongs.
    • Real (25/03/2017, 14:23) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      It had nothing to do with being in prison...nothing to do with its only 6 months not a long time... people are foolish and ignorant... when you already mentally ill for a long extended time...sitting in a cell gives u time to THINK...your mind tgats so infected...poisons you more and more... while out he was able to cope through self alcohol or drugs!!!! Now thats not an option whats next?
  • No (21/03/2017, 18:45) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    a rasta
  • ... (21/03/2017, 19:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • lord o. (21/03/2017, 20:04) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Prison in not the answer for everything..
  • m1 (21/03/2017, 22:19) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    This matter should be carefully investigated. The image was serving a six months sentence to an assault after he slapped someone with a machete across his shoulder...six months not 6 years. He could have been out in at least three months. Why would he hang himself?. I am not the expert here but something smell fishy.

    • Shay from the A (22/03/2017, 11:38) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      I fully agree with you m1! Treh was a lively young man who enjoyed life! I can smell the fishery in this story all the way here in the USA!!! He wouldn't take his life over a 6 month sentence and I pray to GOD that justice is served for this young man's life!! He will be missed dearly by his family, friends and others who may have crossed paths with him. His Atlanta family misses him! RIP Treh...Bless Up!!
  • ZX (22/03/2017, 06:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Six months goes by so fast.
  • old friend (22/03/2017, 06:53) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    RIP Tyre man will miss you my young friend, sad to see you go but you are in a better place. Only God and you know what happened. Will miss our bible discussion on the wall across from your house.
  • Condolence (22/03/2017, 07:59) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
    This young man was someone's child, friend, brother or relative. Not because he was incarcerated means his life had no worth. Some of us are not in the physical prison because we have not been caught with our own crimes that we think no one else knows about but yet we sit to our phones and judge everybody else as if we are diamond. Anything can drive a person to give up. The length of his sentence is the least. Stuff happens in prison. People are raped, they got their and have no visitors and the people they thought were their friends disappear. They get victimized. We don't know what happened but we are a community that quick to bring down a man when he's already down, even if he dead. To his parents and family I am very sorry for your loss
  • What kind of science (22/03/2017, 08:04) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Maybe high science for sure. While incarcerated no tek anything from no one. A soap from SXM was sent to someone in prison in another island and where is that person today,6 feet under.We may say it is karma but too many of us like to take things in our hands. If this came from him because of stress or depression ,etc then it will be he and God and if it was done to him via evil then it is God and them. This world is a wicked world and it is gonna get worst but as a people let us stay steadfast in God's love for God is love.
  • de silent one (22/03/2017, 09:03) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Its unfortunate for him to go like that, but I kept saying that the institution need some serious attention in the way it runs and the programs that are in place to help the inmates along with the staff dealing with them. Maybe its time for a complete makeover in all aspect.
  • Dim Sum (22/03/2017, 10:41) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    His Human rights were violated in the sense that if he showed signs of mental illness no matter how insignificant - the system should have allowed for 24 hr monitoring of him to avoid what has transpired. There are basic minimum standards for police and penal cells. Anti-ligature furniture and other precautions should have been already in place. If this was my family member I would sue for negligence to highlight the glaring deficiencies within HMP/RVIPF while the politicians posing for photo ops. and busy commenting on women's underwear on FB!
  • must say (22/03/2017, 11:25) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    First I am sending out my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the young man. I am so angry at the way some people is sitting back and coming to their own conclusions. No one knows what happened, no one knows the frame of mind the young man was in or the inner pain he was going through. I once was thinking about taking my own life because I was in so much inner pain. I am so glad I sought help and is now feeling so much better.
    • True (22/03/2017, 15:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Must Say, thanks for sharing this. You know, I too was thinking the same thing. I was one of the people that kept mine hidden because these people here
      would laugh at you and say go pray there is noting wrong with you.
  • civic (22/03/2017, 11:36) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is so sad , he led a really sad and troubled life , i don't think he ever knew what it was to live in a peaceful loving home. One day I gave him a ride home and gave him a bit of advise and he seemed to be really surprised that someone was actually advising him , he thanked me and he went his way. May your troubled soul find some peace now Treh.
  • police (22/03/2017, 11:41) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    heard he had issues but he should not take his own life
  • Binocs (22/03/2017, 13:37) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    After Delinda died, everything fell apart. I am so sorry for these kids and what happened.
  • pain (22/03/2017, 19:16) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I've known Tre from a baby. Was always a sweet child. His family had their share of pain. They lost their mom Delinder tragicly at a very young age and life been ruff ever since. He was in mental pain. I would listen to his stories and tried to encouraged him that he could overcome his obstacles. Thing is we never know how serious depression is. I'll miss seeing his bright smile. RIP my friend. Please don't judge him
    • Exactly (23/03/2017, 06:09) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Don't judge the guy. To be in a dark place mentally is torture. I know what it feels like. I just found out that I have PTSD. When the Doctor told me, I almost flip out of the chair. I thought only people that came back from war had PTSD.

  • YOLO (22/03/2017, 23:32) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Words of support and empathy are all that is required and would be appreciated.
  • Wendy (23/03/2017, 22:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The representative said we need more courts. Hmm. No help for sick/depressed people, next he'll be asking for more prisions. Sad.
  • Famiily (28/08/2021, 12:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Treh your cousin miss you bad family loce you and aunty delinda

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