Monthly Archives: December 2015

It’s all light on the night as Christmas comes to Jamestown

The Festival of Lights in Jamestown gets brighter every year. A replica RMS St Helena rolled down Main Street and in the bay, the real ship was lit up for her final Christmas. A large aircraft and even an air traffic … Continue reading

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Airport road name honours Sharon’s memory

The memory of Sharon Wainwright, who led the push for air travel to St Helena, is to be honoured in the naming of a section of the airport access road. Wainwright Way was one of seven winning entries in a … Continue reading

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Rape victim left with HIV

A woman was found to have been infected with HIV – the virus linked to AIDS – after being raped by an overseas worker on St Helena, according to the Wass Inquiry report. It says the worker was temporarily employed … Continue reading

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Alleged illegal sterilisation of mother shocks inquiry team

A mother is alleged to have been illegally sterilised while giving birth at Jamestown Hospital, the Wass Inquiry reveals. It says she was delivering her child by Caesarean section when she was sterilised “without her prior knowledge or consent” by … Continue reading

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Charity chief rejects criticism of report that sparked scandal

Experts at the Lucy Faithfull Foundation have expressed surprise at the Wass Inquiry’s finding that sex abuse on St Helena is very limited. “It is typically the case that… reported cases are but the tip of the iceberg,” says the abuse … Continue reading

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Island’s accuser ‘should never have been given job’

Claire Gannon should never have been employed to run St Helena’s badly neglected social services department, the Wass Inquiry has found. When the job went badly wrong she went to the media with allegations of corruption and widespread abuse. The … Continue reading

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How a ‘lazy, horrible’ man got glowing reference for post

Martin Warsama came highly praised when he applied for a social work job on St Helena, even though the Wass corruption inquiry later found him to be “incompetent, lazy and divisive”. And it was no wonder that his future boss … Continue reading

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Capes blamed for failures to heed warnings that led to scandal

Governor Mark Capes failed to act on warnings of serious problems that led to St Helena being unfairly mired in scandal, according to the Wass Inquiry report. It says he “must be held responsible” for the island being left without … Continue reading

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Democracy on St Helena: councillors opposed prison move – so ‘Enforcer’ Capes sacked them

The man brought in to rule St Helena was known as “The Enforcer”, he told the Wass Inquiry. And when councillors opposed plans to move the island’s prison, Mark Capes lived up to his nickname: he removed the whole council. … Continue reading

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How police chief Coll ‘failed to investigate’ abuser Cairns-Wicks – and made him a policeman instead

St Helena’s former police chief could have been disciplined for failing to act on allegations of child sex offences against Jeromy Cairns-Wicks, says the Wass report. Instead of investigating him, it says, Peter Coll actually recruited him as a police … Continue reading

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