Today, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) issued wanted bulletins for three more escapees – bringing the number to six prison escapees who have so far been identified. The identities of the other two are still unknown, provoking questions on whether government’s move to peg the number of escapees at eight is correct.
The three escapees identified today are: Desmond James; Cornelius Thomas; and Cobena Stephens, aka ‘OJ’. They are wanted by the police for questioning in relation to Murder and Escaping from Lawful Custody (Georgetown Prison).
The other three identified are: Royden Williams, Uree Varswyck; and Stafrei Hopkenson Alexander.
Williams was sentenced to death for the Bartica and Lusignan massacres. Varswyck has been committed to stand trial for a robbery-murder. Meanwhile, Alexander, who was jailed over murder, had escaped from the Mackenzie Police Station on December 8, 2015. Six months later, in March 2016, he was arrested in a vehicle at a check point in the area. He was nabbed at Kurupakari Crossing, Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takatu/Upper Essequibo).
Meanwhile, there has been no clear accounting for the 1,018 prisoners who were held at the Camp Street Prison.