Commission of Inquiry could be launched into recent prison break

Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – A commission of inquiry may be launched into the recent prison breakout involving Mr. Veron Primus and Mr. Ulric Hanson.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said on NBC Radio on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, that the Commission of Inquiry may be launched on the prison breakout, depending on a number of things.

Meanwhile, Dr. Gonsalves said he has supported an application for early retirement from superintendent of prisons – Brenton Charles.

Dr. Gonsalves said that after two prison breaks involving the same prisoner, Charles’ position was no longer tenable.

Dr. Gonsalves thanked Charles for his years of service, noting that being superintendent of prisons is not an easy job.

Charles retires with all his benefits in place.

Superintendent of Police – Timothy Hazelwood is now in charge of Her Majesty’s Prisons.

Prime Minister Gonsalves said there are going to be more changes which he will speak about.


The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force announced on December 9, 2020, that it had launched a manhunt for two prisoners who escaped.

The prisoners were Mr. Veron Primus, who escaped prison before and was caught, and Mr. Ulric Hanson.

According to a December 9, 2020 press release issued by the police, Primus was serving a sentence for murder, while Hanson was awaiting trial for a series of serious offences including murder, robbery, and burglary.

Both men were caught on December 10, at Plan, Campden Park at a dwelling house, in a police operation.

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