The two senior officers who were on duty during Sunday’s stabbing incident at Her Majesty’s Prison have been placed on administrative leave, pending further investigation.
The National Security Council (NSC) made this decision when it met today to discuss the fatal incident that led to the death of 29-year-old Nickhail Chambers and the injury of three others.
A late-night statement from the NSC on Monday further said the Council instructed that immediate steps be taken to enhance the supervision of prisoners at the prison, “and more importantly, that an internal inquiry be launched into the events on the weekend”.
“The NSC also instructed that a wider external review of security arrangements at Her Majesty’s Prison should be commissioned and of importance, noted the current investigation into the wounding and murder at the prison under the active investigation of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force’s Major Incident Team,” the statement said.
A total of four inmates were stabbed in what has been described as a violent altercation among several persons incarcerated at the facility.
Three of the four inmates sustained serious stab wounds and were taken to the Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital where one of the stab victims — Chambers — subsequently died. Chambers is a Jamaican who was serving time at the prison for his one-man role in the attempted murder of his former schoolmate back in 2017.
In an update this afternoon, the RVIPF said two men have been arrested but no charges have yet been laid. This follows Social Development Minister Carvin Malone’s previous statement that one person had been formally charged.
The National Security Council considers matters relating to internal security and any significant security developments in the Territory, including the occurrence of significant criminal activity. The body comprises the Governor, as Chairman; the Premier; one other Minister, who is the Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Agriculture and Fisheries; the Attorney General (ex-officio) and the Commissioner of Police (ex-officio).
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