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minutes of what measures they intended to put in
place to deal with the possible jail break.
However, following the jail break, three prisons
officers were suspended---Lancelot Duntin, Mervyn
Pierre and Lovell Wolfe. The men are accused of dis-
crediting the reputation of the Prison Service by
failing to act promptly on instructions contributing
to the escape of the men, plus the shooting death
of police officer PC Sherman Maynard who responded
to the jail break.
And spearheading the investigation is Assistant
Commissioner of Prisons Dennis Pulchan, one of
the executives who was present at the January 27
meeting in which the escape plan was discussed.
When told about the document, the Prisons Offi-
cers Association expressed disgust over the circum-
stances and called for an investigation into why the
executives failed to act even though they had the
General Secretary of the Prisons Officers Asso-
ciation (POA) Gerard Gordon said he was very sur-
prised to hear about the minutes.
One of the officers, who spoke to the T&T Guardian
on condition of anonymity, said that even though
senior officials were aware of the plan they did not
discuss this with the junior officers on duty at the
"Junior officers were not made aware of it, including
the ones who were suspended," one officer said.
Stewart: Prisons probe completed,
sent to Public Service Commission
Prisons Commissioner Sterling Stewart said the
investigation by the Prison Service has been completed
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Official minutes from an executive meet-
ing which took place at the Prison s
Administration Building, Phillip Street,
Port-of-Spain, on January 27, 2015, has
revealed that prisons officials were aware
of plans for a jail break by inmates at the
Port-of-Spain prison. The T&T Guardian
has in its possession a copy of the minutes.
But while the executives were aware of the
escape plan, they failed to put security
measures in place to prevent it or to alert
Six months later, on July 24, people in
the city were on edge after the prison break
actually took place. With handguns and a
grenade, three men broke free from Port-
of-Spain prison in a dramatic episode that
left a police officer murdered, a prisons offi-
cer wounded, two of the escapees killed,
and another one on the run for hours before
being killed by a notorious gang in Laventille.
Three prisons officers were later suspended.
In the minutes, under paragraph 4.0 labelled
Security, subheading the Alleged Escape
Plan , it was revealed that Assistant Com-
missioner (William) Alexander reported that
a phone call was received which indicated
that four inmates were planning to escape
in a car at the car park.
According to the minutes, "Mr Alexander
reported that a phone call received by the
gate-keeper POSP indicated that four
inmates are planning to escape in a car at
the car park.
"He added that collaboration with ex-
agencies suggested that the call came from
within the prison, a phone was seized and
The document revealed that senior officers
who attended the meeting included former
prisons commissioner Conrad Barrow,
deputy commissioners Ronald Morgan and
Sterling Stewart (now commissioner), assis-
tant commissioners William Alexander,
Michael Walker, Cecil Duke and Chander
Sinanan, and senior superintendents Gerard
Wilson, Dane Clarke, Thomas Espinoza,
Fize Khan and Dennis Pulchan.
There was no note or mention in the
March 27, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Prisons execs told
of jail break plan
Minutes six months before shows...
Allan 'Scanny' Martin, Hassan Atwell
and Christopher 'Monster' Selby
escaped from the prison.
Prisons officer Leon Rouse was shot
and wounded. PC Sherman Maynard
was killed in the fracas.
Prisoner Martin was killed, and
Hassan Atwell was killed by members
of the Rastacity gang after hiding out
Selby, 30, surrendered himself to
officers at the Barataria Police Station
He was subsequently charged with
ten offences including the murder of
Official minutes from an executive meeting at
Prisons Administration Building, January 27, 2015.
Fire blazes from a container very
close to vehicles on the Port of
Wrightson Road, near PriceSmart,
yesterday. PHOTO: DAVID WEARS
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