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The destroyed Camp Street prison
The destroyed Camp Street prison

Three more prison escapees identified, still no clear accounting for inmates

After initially saying that five inmates had escaped from the Camp Street Prison, after the building was flattened by fire on Sunday (July 9, 2017), the number was been increased to eight by authorities.

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).

NAME:                                   CORNELIUS THOMAS   DATE OF BIRTH:                 1985/12/23   RACE:                                    African LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:          LOT 36 GUYHOC GARDENS, G/TOWN AND TRINIDAD & TOBAGO   DATE OF OFFENCE:         2017/07/09                  PLACE OF INCIDENT        GEORGETOWN PRISON, CAMP STREET
NAME: CORNELIUS THOMAS
DATE OF BIRTH: 1985/12/23
RACE: African
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: LOT 36 GUYHOC GARDENS, G/TOWN AND TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
DATE OF OFFENCE: 2017/07/09
PLACE OF INCIDENT GEORGETOWN PRISON, CAMP STREET
Name:                                    Desmond James   Ethnic Origin:                       Amerindian   Age:                                        24 years   Last Known Address:           HOTOQUAI CREEK, NORTH WEST DISTRICT    DATE OF OFFENCE:         2017/07/09                  PLACE OF INCIDENT:       GREORGETOWN PRISON, CAMP STREET
Name: Desmond James
Ethnic Origin: Amerindian
Age: 24 years
Last Known Address: HOTOQUAI CREEK, NORTH WEST DISTRICT
DATE OF OFFENCE: 2017/07/09
PLACE OF INCIDENT: GREORGETOWN PRISON, CAMP STREET
NAME:                                   COBENA SEPHENS ALIAS:                                    OJ   DATE OF BIRTH:                 1991/02/16   RACE:                                    African LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:   LOT 82 GOPE STREET, MIDDLE WALK, BUXTON E.C.D DATE OF OFFENCE:         2017/07/09                PLACE OF INCIDENT:       GREORGETOWN PRISON, CAMP STREET
NAME: COBENA SEPHENS
ALIAS: OJ
DATE OF BIRTH: 1991/02/16
RACE: African
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: LOT 82 GOPE STREET, MIDDLE WALK, BUXTON E.C.D
DATE OF OFFENCE: 2017/07/09
PLACE OF INCIDENT: GREORGETOWN PRISON, CAMP STREET

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.

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