Police step up prison probe

Lawmen have widened their probe into Her Majesty’s Prison, Dodds, a day after Barbados TODAY reported that a prison officer had found himself at centre of a contraband investigation.

According to initial reports, the officer became the centre of attention after illegal drugs were allegedly found in shoes stored in a locker.

However, this country’s crime chief has denied that illegal drugs were involved. The Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police responsible for Crime Management, Lybron Sobers, told Barbados TODAY this afternoon, investigators were really seeking to get to the bottom of a number of unauthorized letters that have been making their way in and out of the St Philip penal institution.

“I haven’t seen the letters, I don’t know the contents, but we are wondering or checking how letters are entering and exiting the prison to individuals,” Sobers said.

In this regard, he said lawmen were currently questioning a number of people, both in and outside of Dodds prison and including several prison officers.

Asked if the letters were linked to any recent crimes, the Acting ACP replied: “At this point you don’t know what would be the result.” However, he said the matter was of serious concern to police.

Today, Superintendent of Prisons Colonel John Nurse could not be reached for comment, but late this evening police released a statement in which they said Shawn McDonald Herbert, a 41-year-old prison officer of Olivies Gap, Tudor Bridge St Michael, had been charged with  committing a number of offences stipulated in the Prison Act.

These offences are: without lawful authority gave a number of letters and photographs to a prisoner; without lawful authority suffered a number of letters and photographs out of Her Majesty Prison Dodds and without lawful authority attempted to convey a number of letters and photographs to a prisoner.

The offences were committed sometime between June 17, 2016 and September 14 and lawmen said as a result of information received, prison authorities conducted a search of the cells of a prisoner where a number of unauthorized letters and photographs were discovered.

Follow up investigation and a subsequent search of Herbert revealed a number of unauthorized letters and photographs in his possession.

He is expected to appear before the District ‘C’ Magistrate Court on Friday. 

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7 Responses to Police step up prison probe

  1. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd September 16, 2016 at 1:08 am

    DONT BLAME ME NOT ME IT IS MR. TEDDY

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  2. jrsmith September 16, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Every part of any working operation connected to this present government is corrupt through and through . how could the honest to goodness bajans in Barbados feel safe and secure even in they homes..
    The man in charge is hiding out he needs to be sack , this is Barbados full of rats, you go out to buy the poison to kill the rats to find out later the rats is the ones who is making the poison…

    When certain crimes is committed in Barbados I think I am just going to shake my head as like a certain group, because you cannot trust anything or anybody…. see in Jamaica Pastor shot dead thats just a start , our time is coming in Barbados…..

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  3. Aneta September 16, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Oh my word JR don’t put that stigma on us in bim. It bad enough already. We need to get the imbeciles out of office and soon. We running on empty. May God help us all. Kķkñ

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  4. Aneta September 16, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Oh my word JR don’t put that stigma on us in bim. It bad enough already. We need to get the imbeciles out of office and soon. We running on empty. May God help us all.

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    • Carson C. Cadogan September 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      The only one who thinks that we are running on empty is you.

      Five more years for the Democratic Labour Party Govt.

      Five more years on the opposition benches for your party.

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  5. Carson C. Cadogan September 16, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Superintendent of Prisons Colonel John Nurse should be fired or be asked to resign over this grave breach of security at the Prison under his watch.

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  6. Greengiant September 16, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Contraband has been entering the prison for many years with no officer being brought before the courts and jailed they were usually just fired and the integrity of the prison appearing to be intact. Similarly the police and other disciplined forces.
    Under this government they’re all being prosecuted and jailed like other citizens so what is the government doing wrong? Just be patient and more will be exposed at varying levels and in other departments as well. These things didn’t begin under this administration and in the case of the prison under this superintendent or police commissioner, the gloves are off and all are at risk of exposure. You critics will be singing a different tune before 2017 rest assured. So get your lounge chairs out and stay tuned in.

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