Norman McLean heads Board of Inquiry into prison escape
– Crime Chief heads probe of delinquent prison officer
The Ministry of Home Affairs has established a Board of Inquiry to investigate a breach that led to the escape of four dangerous prisoners from the New Amsterdam Prison, yesterday.
A press release from the Ministry disclosed that the Board comprises Major General (retired) Norman Mc Lean MSS- former Chief of Staff – Chairman; Mr. Cecil Kilkenny DSS -former Director of Prisons and Mr. Sheik Asween – Prison Trade Instructor.
A Joint Service response has also been coordinated to pursue and recapture the escapees who are considered to be dangerous.
At approximately 02:30 hours yesterday the four special watch inmates of the New Amsterdam Prison breached security mechanisms at the facility and made good their escape.
The prisoners are Kevin Narine aka Ramsookdyal who is serving nine years for robbery under arms and has several other matters outstanding in the Magistrates Court; Rickford LaFleur, remanded for two counts murder and two narcotics offences; Vinood Gopaul, committed for Murder and Vijay Seenarine committed for carnal knowledge.
The four prisoners were located in Cell No. 2 of the No 1 Landing.
Preliminary reports indicate that the men broke their way out of the prison by cutting the floor board and wending their way through the double floor. They exited from the northern part of the prison. They subsequently scaled the prison fence and made good their escape.
The Ministry of Home Affairs wishes to advise the public that all efforts are being made to recapture the escapees. Anyone having any information in relation to the escape can contact the nearest police station or prison location.
Meanwhile, another Board of Inquiry has been established to enquire into the circumstances under which Prison Officer Orlando Jaundoo has been charged for illegally escorting convicted prisoner Krishna Doerga to Nickerie, Suriname on Saturday June 4, 2011.
This Board comprises Seelall Persaud DSM- Assistant Commissioner –Law Enforcement-Chairman; Lt. Col. Malcolm McAndrew , Deputy Director of Prisons; and Mr. Roshan Khan- Member of National Commission on Law and Order (NCLO). Jaundoo and Doerga were both apprehended by the Suriname police and placed in custody.
Jaundoo was subsequently released into the custody of the Guyana Police Force and returned to Guyana. He made his first court appearance on Friday and was remanded to prison.
Prisoner Krishna Doerga , who has dual citizenship ( Guyana and Suriname ) remains in custody in Suriname.