Saint Lucia Family In Mourning After Death Of London Prison Worker

A Saint Lucia family is in mourning after the death of a London prison worker from suspected Coronavirus, UK media reports say.

The deceased has been identified as Bovil Peter, 64.

According to the Evening Standard, the deceased was a member of the support staff at HMP Pentonville in Islington.

The publication said Peter died last week while showing symptoms of the virus.

It quoted Peter’s nephew, Mark Smith in Saint Lucia as saying that his uncle had been placed at excessive risk.

““He was a joyful, hard-working, spiritual man, very, very friendly. He should have had the proper protective equipment where he worked,” Smith was quoted as saying.

The Guardian reported that according to the Prison Officers’ Association (POA), Bovil Peter was one of two prison support staff who had succumbed to COVID-19.

The other was identified as Patrick Beckford.

The Chairman of the POA described the two deaths at one prison as ‘very concerning’.

According to the Guardian, Mark Fairhurst told the publication that 7,900 prison staff in England and Wales, including officers, support grade staff and governors, were self-isolating, and a further 15 had confirmed cases of coronavirus.

He also said that 90 prisoners had been confirmed as having Covid-19, with another 1,200 prisoners self-isolating.



  1. A jail is an extremely controled invironment,and you getting all these cases.Guess they are lo lazy to carry the food to their cells.

    • Many workers are “working well” over 50 years, managing; diabetes, asthma, heart diseases and hypertension are among the vulnerable groups that Covid-19 has greatest impact on. Also, institutions like elderly care homes and prisons are extremely vulnerable environments for imported diseases from workers and visitors. Once an inmate is infected it will run rife because of overcrowding, close personal care, lack of personal protection equipment and so forth.

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