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Public officer Lorna Stevens charged for Breach of Trust

Public officer Lorna Stevens charged for Breach of Trust

Information reaching our newsroom is that public officer Ms Lorna Stevens has been charged for Breach of Trust by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).

Our newsroom was informed that the charge is in relation to investigations into the Elmore Stoutt High School wall that was commissioned during the tenure of former Minister for Education Mr Myron V. Walwyn.

Stevens was reportedly arrested and charged on October 20, 2022, and was subsequently granted bail.

Reports of Stevens being charged were confirmed by Police Media Liaison Diane L. Drayton this evening, October 21, 2022.

"I can confirm that Lorna Stevens was charged for Breach of Trust by a Public Officer. She was granted bail. No further information is available at this time," Drayton told our newsroom in response to queries on the matter.

It was only on October 11, 2022, that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) announced that Director of the International Affairs Secretariat Najan Christopher was charged for Breach of Trust and False Assumption of Authority.

Police said Christopher’s charges stem from the diplomatic note sent from the Premier's office.

In June 2022, Mr Kelvin Thomas became the 1st person charged in relation to the ESHS Wall Project probe.

The ESHS wall project was commissioned during the tenure of former Minister for Education, Myron V. Walwyn.


Stevens is 2nd person charged


Meanwhile, Mr Kelvin Thomas, 55, of Chalwell Estate, Tortola was the first person charged in relation to the ESHS wall project investigations.

Thomas was charged in June 2022 with Obtaining property by deception; Making a false statement to a public officer; and Possession of the proceeds of criminal conduct.

In 2021, a specialist investigative team was appointed to conduct a full review of the investigation conducted by the Police in 2020 into the wall project.

According to the RVIPF, this was to ensure that all instructions and further actions requested were complied with and that there was a thorough, and fair investigation.

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