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Tyson John, seen here on April 10, 2019, when he was sentenced to six years in prison, died in custody on April 6, 2023.
Tyson John, seen here on April 10, 2019, when he was sentenced to six years in prison, died in custody on April 6, 2023.
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A prisoner died today (Thursday) after collapsing at the Belle Isle Correctional Facility, iWitness News has been reliably informed.

Tyson John, 35, of Calder, who was serving a six-year sentence for wounding with intent, was pronounced dead at the Spring Village Health Centre, where he was taken for medical attention.

Sources said that John collapsed sometime after he was sent back to his cell after complaining to prison authorities about “serious chest pains”.

John died just short of four years after he and fellow Calder resident, Kimani Joe, 36, were sentenced on April 10, 2019, in connection with a January 2014 knife attack on Orde Pompey, then 55, of Georgetown.

Joe, who was said to be the mastermind of the crime, was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

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At their sentencing in April 2019, High Court judge Justice Brian Cottle said the men had taunted their victim as he collapsed after the attack, telling him, “Yuh go see who name killer now.”

Pompey might have survived only because of the arrival of the police, which caused his attackers to flee the scene.

The court had considered John a good candidate for rehabilitation but Joe was considered “a menace to society.

Read full story: Men get 6, 14 years for knife attack on G’town resident

5 replies on “Inmate dies after collapsing at Belle Isle prison”

  1. The GOVNOR and STAFF of the prison must be held responsible for the death of this inmate, even an idiot like me know the man was having a HEART ATTACK, complaining about CHEST PAIN, but what they do give him NO MEDICAL ATTENTION whatsoever and send him back to his cell, o my god how SAD this is

  2. if he was complaining of chest pains, why was he not taken for medical or taken seriously about how he was feeling so sad.

  3. Not because he’s in prison …doesn’t mean he don’t have rights …come on people lets do right …he’s human just like u officer

  4. Was a criminal inmate entitled to natural justice and procedual fairness? Should Vincentians loose sleep because of his demise or was it a case of karma passing sentence? Will the Vincentian taxpayerswho foot an inmate cost of living haveala say. These are provocative questions and begs an answer.

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