Two escape from Mazaruni Prison
Bartica police and prison officials are on the hunt for two inmates who escaped from the Mazaruni Prison yesterday after scaling the walls of the penitentiary.
Kaieteur News understands that prisoners were on recreation, playing a game of cricket and when a head count was made at around 15:00 hrs, prison warders realized that the two were missing.
An alarm was then raised.
Sources identified the escapees as Sean Hopkinson and “Carly”. One of the inmates reportedly walks with a limp.
Police ranks from Bartica and prison officers were said to have travelled to the Karrau in search of the fugitives.
Residents have reportedly claimed to have seen a young man wearing a white tee shirt and carrying a knife walking in a trail.
There are suggestions that the poor meals being served to the inmates may have motivated the two to escape.
Two days ago, a prisoner contacted this newspaper claiming that the inmates are being given a daily fare of peas and rice and are being “inhumanely treated” as well.
The prisoner, who said that he was scheduled to escape with the two fugitives, alleged that a prison officer told the three men that the “peas and rice situation will have to continue”.
“That is why them decide to get away. They could no longer deal with that. The food in here is bad enough for anybody to want to escape,” the prisoner said.
The prisoner revealed that the cooks would even serve them milk mixed with flour. It was also alleged that crops cultivated by prisoners are being sold on Bartica as “pocket money” for some warders.
Just recently in March, Nigel Misidjan, a 30-year-old inmate, also escaped from the location. He remains at large.
These occurrences have begun to raise eyebrows on the level of security at the Mazaruni Prison.
And last week, inmate Sherwin Bobb made good his escape by scaling the 15-foot fence on the eastern side of the Camp Street Prison.
(Edward A Persaud)