Murder suspect escapes from Brickdam lock-ups
Fear has gripped a Mahaica family following the reported escape of a prisoner from the Brickdam lock-ups.
The man, Naitram Persaud, who was being held for questioning into murder and robbery under arms, disappeared from the lock-ups on Wednesday.
A Police Constable is presently under close arrest pending investigations into the escape.
This newspaper understands that the man, who hails from Mahaica, East Coast Demerara, was arrested sometime last week on allegations that he was abusive to the two women he was living with.
He was also being investigated for sexually abusing a nine-year-old girl.
While in custody, police received word that he may be a suspect in a murder committed somewhere on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway and several armed robberies.
According to a source, on a daily basis, detectives would remove the suspect from the Brickdam lock-ups and take him to the headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department where he would be questioned before being taken back to the lock-ups.
However, on Wednesday, the rank who was stationed at the lock-ups reportedly told investigators that he had let out the suspect for water. He admitted that he was not careful in his supervision of the prisoner and within minutes, the suspect had disappeared.
Nobody reported seeing when the prisoner walked out of the police station compound, but a thorough check was made and he was not found.
Kaieteur News understands that around the same time that Persaud disappeared, the two women with whom he was living received a threatening telephone call from him and they became afraid for their lives.
The women and their children reportedly spent several hours in the safety of the Mahaica Police Station until they were assured that it was safe for them to go home. It is understood, however, that the women did not take any further chances and sought the protection of the Human Services Ministry.
This newspaper tried contacting the Police Public Relations Officer, but the telephone calls went answered.