HM PRISON STILL UNDER
(HM) Prison will remain under “lockdown” until such time as the Superintendent
of Prison Mr. Ashford Frett determines that the sanction can be lifted,
according to a statement from the Ministry of Education and Culture.
The Ministry is
also advising the public that prison visits have been suspended until further
notice. The Superintendent and the Prison staff would appreciate the full
cooperation of affected family and friends during this period.
The Ministry stated that on
Thursday, April 22 while the Superintendent of Prison and his staff continued
efforts to restore conditions at the Prison to normalcy, a faction of three
prisoners ambushed and viciously attacked the Deputy Superintendent of Prison,
Mr. Edward Smith. Mr. Smith had to be hospitalised overnight but he was
The actions of those three
prisoners demanded that swift action be taken to root out any further threat to
safety and security. Therefore, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF)
was once more called in to assist. After some negotiation, control was
reinstated and the offending prisoners were temporarily reassigned to secure
locations under the supervision of the RVIPF.
In accordance with standard
security procedures, the Prison was immediately locked down and an invasive
search and assessment operation was undertaken. According to the Ministry no
prisoners were hurt and all were accounted for.
The Ministry of
Education & Culture wishes to record its thanks to the Superintendent of Prison
and the Prison staff, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, the Prison Visiting
Committee and the two UK Prison Advisers for the diligence and care they
exercised in trying to bring about a peaceful settlement in this matter. The
Ministry also wishes Deputy Superintendent Edward Smith a full and speedy
is very much concerned about the unfortunate turn of events and has redoubled
efforts to provide the necessary resources to meet the needs at Her Majesty’s
Prison, the Ministry also stated.
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