Jul 27, 2017 News
Seven of the 13 prisoners who broke out of the Lusignan Prison on Monday were charged yesterday for escaping from lawful custody during their arraignment at the Cove and John Magistrate’s Court.
Those who appeared before Magistrate Peter Hugh were double-murder accused Jason Howard; Jamal Joseph, Winston Long, Odel Roberts, Rayon Jones, Jamal Forde and Teshawn McKenzie.
Forde, Long and Joseph pleaded guilty to the charge and were each jailed for one year. The others pleaded not guilty and were remanded to prison until August 11.
The massive jailbreak was discovered at around 07.00 on Monday, when prison wardens, carrying out a routine count, determined that 13 prisoners were unaccounted for.
Further checks revealed that a tunnel was dug and tracks were found leading towards the Lusignan Backlands. A massive Joint Services Operations codenamed ‘Clean Sweep’ was intensified to recapture the men.
Howard, 22, also called ‘Smelly,’ is accused of a horrific double murder, attempted murder, and a string of armed robberies.
In December, 2016, Howard and two others were charged with murdering elderly rice farming couple Mohamed Munir, 75, and his wife, Bibi Jamila Munir, 69, both of Good Hope, East Bank Essequibo, by setting their house on fire with the victims inside.
This allegedly happened after the couple refused to open their bedroom door, for the men to steal the $20M that was rumored to be in there. That same month, he and another man were remanded to prison for an alleged gun-point robbery carried out at Tower Suites, Main Street, Georgetown.
Howard still has several pending matters for robbery under-arms at the Georgetown and Sparendaam Magistrate’s Courts. He is also charged for unlawfully and maliciously wounding Quacy Joseph, with intent to commit murder.
Joseph was an on-duty security guard when he was shot by a fleeing bandit after a robbery within an electronic store in the Fogarty’s building, Water Street, Georgetown, last year.
ODEL ROBERTS AND JAMAL FORDE
Roberts, 24, and Forde are charged with the May 2015 murder of Sophia businessman Shawn Anys, who was slain during the course of a robbery.
They presently are awaiting trial at the High Court in Georgetown for the capital offence. According to reports, Anys, who owned and managed a small grocery shop at his home, was confronted by the bandits just before 23:00hrs.
The man was in his home when he heard his dogs barking and decided to venture out of the house to investigate. He was then confronted by two armed men who forced him into the house and shot him while demanding money and valuables. The gunmen made off with $40,000 in cash along with jewellery.
Last year, Rayon Jones was committed to stand trial at the High Court in Georgetown for the murder of 25-year-old mechanic of Madewini, Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara Pooran Baljit. It was reported that Baljit was stabbed to death right next to the room his parents were sleeping in at their home. He was discovered with his head hanging out of his bedroom window with blood flowing from the stab wounds he received to his shoulder and stomach.
WINSTON LONG, JAMAL JOSEPH AND TESHAWN MCKENZIE
Earlier this year, he appeared before a city court charged with assaulting Police Corporal Detective Derwin Eastman, the Subordinate Officer (SO) in charge of the Plain Clothes Patrol section at the Ruimveldt Police Station.
He was also charged for allegedly behaving in a disorderly manner while in custody at the Brickdam Police Station.
Meanwhile, Jamal Joseph is accused of inflicting grievous bodily while Teshawn McKenzie is charged for robbery under-arms.
Kendall Skeete who also escaped from the Lusignan prison and was recaptured yesterday at his relative’s abandon house at Wismar, Linden is likely to be charged soon.
The Joint Services are still to recapture five escapees from the Lusignan Prison – Clive Forde, Paul Goriah, Shawn Harris, Kerry Cromwell and Pascal Smith.
They are also still to recapture double-murder accused Uree Varswyck called Malcolm Gordon; Bartica and Lusignan Massacre killer Mark Royden Durant called ‘Royden Williams’ and ‘Smallie’; murder accused Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander and murder accused Cobena Stephens called ‘OJ’ who all escaped from the Camp Street prison on July 9 during a fire. (Feona Morrison)
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