Bartica massacre killer, Mark Royden Williams called “Smallie” reportedly started the fire at the Camp Street jail yesterday as a distraction to escape. And he did escape.
He was among five high profile inmates who held a prison warden hostage and escaped from the prison shortly after 17:00 hrs.
The other escapees are Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander, who was charged for the April 4, 2015 murder of businesswoman Shevon Gordon, who was shot near her One Mile, Linden home during a robbery.
Dellon Henry called “Nasty man” who was charged for buggery, murder and illegal gun as a teenager was committed to stand trial in the High Court for the murder of East Ruimveldt resident, Dexter Griffith on September 29, 2015.
Uree Varswyck, an ex-policeman was charged for the December 2014 murder of Sterling Products Limited security guard, Wilfred Stewart and the execution-style killing of GGMC engineer, Trevor Abrams in 2015.
The fifth prisoner could not be identified. The escapees are armed.
The men reportedly hijacked a burgundy car on Bent Street, Georgetown and made good their escape. The last report was that they were spotted in Sophia, Georgetown.
Williams might have been planning his escape from the prison since February, last. A woman, Kelly Ann Martin, was arrested after trying to smuggle a grenade in to him.
William was recently handed the death sentence after being convicted on eight counts of murder over the February 17, 2008 Bartica Massacre.
Kaieteur News learnt that the fire was set at seven different places inside the prison shortly after 17:00 hrs before the prison warden was held hostage.
Head of Prison, Gladwin Samuels, said that as of Sunday morning there were 1,018 inmates at the prison. However, as of last night, it could not be determined how many prisoners were accounted for.
Prisoners were being transported to the Lusignan Prisons after they opted to leave the burning compound.
They were first taken to the Prison Officers’ Sports Club across from the prison. Not long after that building was also set on fire. Prisoners could be seen jumping from the balcony of the building to the ground below.
When that blaze was extinguished the prison authorities transported them to the Lusignan prisons in large trucks.
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