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Caption: From left, top row, Royden Williams, Uree Varswyck, Stafrei Hopkenson Alexander, Desmond James, Cornelius Thomas and Cobena Stephens
Caption: From left, top row, Royden Williams, Uree Varswyck, Stafrei Hopkenson Alexander, Desmond James, Cornelius Thomas and Cobena Stephens

At least two of six escaped prisoners believed to be in Georgetown – Police Commissioner

An operational plan to ensure the recapture of the six men confirmed as prison escapees is in place, according to Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan.

Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud, told the media at a news conference today, that the plan focuses on the security of the populace, prisoner in custody, the recapture of the escapees and the restoration of order.

These four points, according to him, were agreed on at a meeting of the National Security Committee. He added that the plan will be sent to the Committee when it next meets.

In the meantime, efforts in line with the stipulations of the plan, are underway.

Persaud stated that at least two of the six escapees are in Georgetown, while the other four are believe to be in the Buxton backlands, East Coast Demerara.

On Sunday, after the fire and jailbreak at the Camp Street Prison, Persaud explained that five inmates left the prison – four of whom hijacked a taxi driver, who was later released – while the fifth inmate returned to the prison.

The circumstances under which the other two persons escaped are unclear.

INFORMATION ON ESCAPED PRISONERS:

DESMOND JAMES
James, 24, whose last known address was Hotoquai Creek, North West District, was one of the inmates who had testified during the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the fire that had claimed the lives of 17 prisoners at the Camp Street facility during March last year. He had been incarcerated over the 2004 fatal stabbing of Glendon Cox. The murder had occurred at 4 Miles Arakaka Village, North West District.

CORNELIUS THOMAS
Thomas, a Trinidadian, who resided at Lot 36 Guyhoc Gardens, Georgetown, was remanded to prison two months ago after he was allegedly found with almost two pounds of cannabis. He had been found guilty in Dominica on a fraud matter some time back, the court was told.

COBENA STEPHENS, AKA ‘OJ’
Stephens was arraigned for murder. His age was given as 26 and his last known address was Lot 82, Gopie St, Middle Walk, Buxton.

ROYDEN WILLIAMS
Williams, who had previously attempted to escape lawful custody, was in February of this year sentenced to death after being convicted on seven of the twelve counts of murder in the February 17, 2008 Bartica massacre.

UREE VARSWYCK
Varswyk, a former Tactical Services Unit trainer, was last year committed to stand trial for the murder of Sterling Products Ltd security guard Wilfred Stewart, who was shot multiple times during a foiled robbery of the East Bank Demerara establishment.

STAFREI HOPKENSON ALEXANDER
Alexander, who was jailed over multiple murders, 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).

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