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St. Vincent & Grenadines: More changes coming at HMP

The axe may soon fall for other prison officers, following the departure of Superintendent of Prisons, Brenton Charles, from the post in the wake of the escape from Her Majesty’s Prison of two accused murderers.

Speaking on NBC Radio, on Wednesday, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves hinted that a major shakeup is coming to Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) after accused murderers Veron Primus and Ulric Hanson escaped from the Kingstown penitentiary on Dec. 9 and were recaptured one day later. 

It is the second time that Primus has escaped from the prison in just over a year.

“There are going to be more changes. We can’t accept that the systems are such that a person who is in for the kinds of crime that he is in for, albeit he is awaiting trial, the allegations are so serious that we ought not to have had one, much less two escapes,” said Gonsalves, who is also Minister of National Security.

Gonsalves said that the Public Service Commission had accepted Charles’ request for early retirement and that he would receive his full pension.

“Of course the listeners are saying, ‘It can’t be the Superintendent alone’. But you know me, I have a patience and a calm and I do things in my time,” the prime minister said.

“The old people have a saying, ‘Tek time to run fast’ and in a matter like this, I would take time to run fast. The people of this country know me and I don’t have to give an explanatory note for what I am saying.”

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