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Police after prisoner's BlackBerry

KINGSTOWN — St. Vincent cops are on the hunt at Her Majesty’s Prisons for a BlackBerry smartphone, which they believe is being used by a prisoner to make posts and upload photographs on social networking site Facebook.

It is suspected that the account belongs to remand prisoner, 27-year-old Alaskie “Beaver” Samuel, whose image appears as the profile photograph, and who appears in several photographs posted on the Wall of the Facebook account. The account also bears the name “Alaskie Samual”, whose date of birth is given on the page as May 12, 1985.

Two persons familiar with the appearance of the cells at the Kingstown lockup identified the setting of the photographs as Her Majesty’s Prisons in Kingstown.

According to the Facebook Timeline, the account was set up just about a month ago, on June 10, after which posts began to be made from the account.

The account holder then began amassing friends, and by press time on Wednesday evening, “Alaskie Samual” had 70 friends.

On June 13, the user of the account posted two photographs on Searchlight’s Facebook page, one of a toilet bowl, the other of a tap with water running from it into a sink. The photographs were captioned “Unsanitary Toilet in Kingston remand prison” and “Wasting water in Kingston remand prison” respectively. The next day, two more photographs were posted from the account to Searchlight’s page, one which the poster claimed to be “blood sucking bugs”, the other, a photograph of “biting marks on an imate in svg remand prison”.

The following day, June 14, the poster got even more brazen, and uploaded three photographs of young men presently on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison. In one of the photographs, the three men’s faces are partially covered by handkerchiefs; in another, two of the men appear to be smoking.

New photos uploaded

The account went quiet for about two weeks, then on June 30, at 5:49 p.m. seven new photographs were uploaded by Blackberry smartphone.

On Tuesday last week, four additional photographs were uploaded. Two of them at 2:16 p.m, and another two at 4:57 p.m. These most recent photographs show three inmates in groups of two and three in different poses.

After being alerted by a Facebook user last Tuesday evening, police immediately made a search of the prison compound, but no phone was found.

Another extensive search, made last Wednesday morning, turned up nothing. This was confirmed by Commissioner of Police Keith Miller. (Searchlight)

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