Paradise at the mercy of rapists and murderers on Tortola

Journalist Andrew Malone witnessed the scenes of devastation that have left Tortola reduced to barren wasteland after Hurricane Irma blew almost every leaf off almost every tree.

On the road into town on Tortola, a British territory since the 17th century, visitors are usually greeted by smiling locals and azure seas.The tourist guides talk of ‘powdery white-sand beaches, lush green mountains, sheltered, yacht-filled harbours’ and quaint spots like Apple Bay and Smuggler’s Cove.No more: paradise is lost on the British Virgin Islands (BVI) after Hurricane Irma battered the area with winds gusting at around 200 miles an hour, blowing roofs off houses and leaving at leas...