Cop gets four years for allowing prisoner to escape
A place at the Georgetown Prison which was meant for a simple larceny accused has now been taken by a policeman who allowed the prisoner to escape from the Sparendaam Police Station lock-ups.
Constable Eon Edwards was on Tuesday jailed for four years by Magistrate Judy Latchman, three years after he was charged with allowing a prisoner, Vijay Harripaul, to escape.
According to the police, Edwards was on duty some time in 2007during the period that Harrripaul was detained on allegations of simple larceny. The prisoner was discovered missing from the lock-ups when checks were made by Edwards’s superior and the Constable claimed that he had escaped.
Harripaul was subsequently recaptured but rather than face a charge of escaping from lawful custody, he spilled the beans on the Constable. Edwards was subsequently charged with allowing the prisoner to escape.
In court, Harripaul, who was used as a prosecution witness, disclosed that he had paid Edwards $5,000 to secure his freedom.
The court believed his story and instead of him being given a place at Camp Street, it was the constable who will now be a guest of the state.