A manhunt is underway in Berbice to recapture murder accused Neshan Jagmohan, who escaped from the New Amsterdam Prison sometime on Sunday.
Kaieteur News understands that Jagmohan, a remand prisoner, was discovered missing when a check was made on his cell in the solitary confinement block of the prison on Sunday night.
Prison officials could not be reached for a comment, despite repeated calls from this newspaper.
However, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum confirmed that the police have joined in the search for the murder accused.
A source told this newspaper that investigators are trying to ascertain how Jagmohan managed to cut his way through a steel grill to escape.
Jagmohan was committed to stand trial for the murder of businessman Devindra Deodat, called Dave, on October 7, 2013 at Hampshire Squatting Area, Corentyne. He was initially charged for the murder with his older brother, Ramnarine.
Deodat, the owner of Cool Runnings Trucking Service, was chopped and shot dead after a group of masked men stormed the grocery shop which he and his wife, Mala, 29, operated. The bandits also chopped Deodat’s wife in the head and shot her father, Rafeek Abdul, 47, in the left arm.
During the murder/robbery, two of the three attackers were allegedly unmasked, allowing the victims to identify them at a subsequent identification parade.
Both Neshan Jagmohan and his brother are known to the authorities, and according to investigators, one of them was released from jail the same day that Deodat was slain.
During the robbery the assailants managed to escape with $560,000, a gold band, a laptop computer and a cell phone.
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