Jun 29, 2011 News
N/A Prison breakout…
– Joint Services source
Members of the Joint Services are continuing their sustained work with the aim of recapturing three inmates who escaped from the New Amsterdam Prison a little over two weeks ago. This follows the recapture of Vijay Seenarine last Sunday as he was walking along J.C. Chandisingh Road at Rosehall, Corentyne, Berbice.
Police sources in the Ancient County have informed that they are making use of information provided by Seenarine to assist them in tracking down the remaining three escapees.
Those in the hunting party are convinced that the three fugitives Kevin “Long Hair” Narine, Rickford La Fleur and Vinood Gopaul, are still in Guyana.
“Guyana is big, with vast unmanned borders, but we believe that they (escapees) are still in the country,” said a senior Joint Services operative.
Seenarine had claimed during interrogation that his three former accomplices are now armed with shotguns, which they had obtained when they raided a camp along the Corentyne River.
On June 10, the four prisoners escaped from the New Amsterdam Prison.The discovery of the breakout was made about 06:45hrs the following day, when guards checked the premises.
The men, who were both convicted and remand prisoners, somehow got hold of a ‘cement sling’ and used that to scale down their holdings before ripping a hole in the fence and making good their escape.
Apart from the information provided by Seenarine, the security forces have had no sighting of the three remaining escapees.
According to a reliable source, during intense interrogation, Seenarine led ranks to a camp several miles up the Corentyne River where he pointed out a camp that he and the others had shared following the escape.
The ranks also recovered a shotgun believed to be left behind by the three other escapees.
“There is evidence that they (escapees) were actually occupying the camp,” the source told Kaieteur News.
It is believed that both La Fleur and Narine are familiar with the Corentyne, both having remained at large when they were being hunted previously.
However, the source said that with the assistance of the army helicopter and boats they are now in a better position to pursue them.
Meanwhile, the Commission of Inquiry headed by Retired Major General Norman McLean that was set up to examine the circumstances of the escape has completed taking evidence and is expected to examine the facts before coming up with their report.
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