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sioner Sterling Stewart
is assuring that security
will be beefed up at the
Carrera Island Prison
after the escape of three
prisoners from the
Last Sunday, Reynold
"Bago" James, also
known as Val Celestine
Charles, formerly of Cal-
vary Hills in Arima
escaped from Carrera
And on Independence
Day last year, Steve
McGilvery, of Sea Lots,
and Leroy Mohammed,
of Gasparillo, escaped.
The three remained at
large up to late yester-
In a brief telephone
Stewart said he spoke
with relevant authorities
to have CCTV cameras
installed at the island
prison and instructions
were forwarded that no
convict should be with-
out supervision at any
He said James, who
was unsupervised for a
while, used that oppor-
tunity to escape.
"There are two vari-
ables. They want their
freedom and opportu-
nity and they are seizing
the opportunity and we
have to treat with that
in a speedy manner," he
Stewart said a prelim-
inary investigation into
James' escape had start-
"Anyone found cul-
pable will face serious
disciplinary action," he
He admitted that it was not
the first time inmates had
escaped from that prison.
Instructions, he said, have been
given that no inmate be left
unsupervised around the island.
He said while a search was
done of the island to find
James, officers were still seeking
to ascertain whether any prison
officer was culpable for the
He said the two prisons offi-
cers who were on duty during
the escape of McGilvery and
Mohammed were still on sus-
Referring to the arrest of
three prisons officers for alleged
crime offences last week, Stew-
art said two of them were
absent and not receiving a
salary for some time.
"Even thought they have a
job they weren't active officers,"
Stewart urged junior officers
to continue to be professional,
vigilant internally and externally
and continue to pray while fac-
ing numerous threats.
"Many are putting their lives
on the line for public safety and
we try to reform the offenders
in our care and add value to
their lives and have a reason
for living and loving as we pre-
pare them for society to be law
abiding citizens," he said.
On the issue of the jammers
and scanners, Stewart said the
implementation would be com-
pleted at the end of the month.
As the search continued for the
double-murder suspect who
escaped police guard at the San Fer-
nando General Hospital on Sunday,
security was ramped up as one of
his alleged victims, Michael Patter-
son, was buried yesterday.
Southern Division Task Force
patrolled the circumference surround-
ing Guide's Funeral Home and Cre-
matorium along Coffee Street, San
Fernando, where family and friends
of Patterson gathered yesterday.
The funeral home is a stone's throw
away from Upper Hillside Street
where the suspect lived with his com-
mon-law wife and the area where he
allegedly shot Patterson's brother
Curtis during a shootout on Satur-
A senior police officer said yes-
terday: "We conducted searches in
a few places in La Romaine, San Fer-
nando, Mount Moriah Road and
Spring Vale but he is still in hiding."
Patterson, 27, of Medine Street,
off Coffee Street, was shot three times
while standing on the pavement in
front of Pyramid Drugs, Mucurapo
Street, around 4 pm last Friday. Police
believe a hit was put on his life after
he assaulted a man on Coffee Street
early last week.
After his murder, it was believed
there was a revenge shootout between
the suspect and Curtis.
The suspect was shot in the leg,
damaging a main artery while Curtis
was struck in the head.
Up to yesterday, Curtis remained
warded in a serious condition at the
San Fernando General Hospital.
Police said they are still awaiting
ballistic analysis on a pistol and a
shotgun found near the suspect's
home on Saturday to determine
whether they were used in the shoot-
ing and Patterson's murder.
On Sunday, the suspect, who was
under police guard, overpowered an
officer and fled the hospital where it
was believed that he then shot and
killed Patterson's cousin Alfredo at
Old Trainline, Kings Wharf.
However, police said while they
were not ruling out a link between
Alfredo and Patterson's murders, they
said there was no evidence to support
He said when police responded to
a report of gunshots on Sunday
evening, they found Alfredo bleeding
next to the Customs and Excise Divi-
When officers asked him who shot
him, he said he did not know.
"We don't have that information
that the next Patterson was shot by
"Until we get intel, we don't have
a link. When he was shot and the
officers picked him up and they asked
who shot him, he said he did not
"All of them were partners before
so he would have known if it was
the suspect but he said he did not
know. Up to now we have not found
the exact location of where that
shooting took place. He was found
close to Customs after police
responded to gunshots at the wharf,"
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