Es­capee Uree Var­swyck ID’ed as late of­fi­cer Wick­ham’s shooter Sa­muels

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Di­rec­tor

of Pris­ons Glad­win Sa­muels has re­vealed that based on eye­wit­ness ac­counts, Uree Var­swyck was iden­ti­fied as the one who shot the late of­fi­cer Odinga Wick­ham, and wounded his fel­low of­fi­cers Drexel Gon­salves, Ja­son Mal­tay, and Liver­pool.

Other eye­wit­nesses iden­ti­fied an­other es­capee Shawn Collins since re­cap­tured, and the still at large Roy­den Williams, as the per­sons who chopped Of­fi­cer Hu­bert Trim.

The prison di­rec­tor stated that crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion was re­vealed when six prison of­fi­cers in­jured dur­ing the July 9 fire and prison es­cape were vis­ited, last Satur­day, by se­nior of­fi­cers, who spent over two and half hours with them.

“Many of those of­fi­cers would have al­ready given in­for­ma­tion to ranks of the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment and I’m quite sure the po­lice will be act­ing on the in­for­ma­tion re­ceived” said Sa­muels.

He added that sev­eral other ranks who were on duty, were at the CID, giv­ing state­ments about the events of July 9 whilst oth­ers will do so today.

Mean­while as in­ten­si­fied ef­forts of the Joint Ser­vices to ap­pre­hend the re­main­ing four es­capees from a to­tal of seven­teen pris­on­ers, con­tinue, Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Khem­raj Ram­jat­tan thanked ranks and mem­bers of the pub­lic for their as­sis­tance thus far.

Dur­ing a press con­fer­ence on Fri­day af­ter­noon, at his of­fice, the min­is­ter said, “Mem­bers of the pub­lic have demon­strated brav­ery and a duty to so­ci­ety. The in­for­ma­tion has been treated with the strictest of con­fi­dence and, with four re­main­ing fugi­tives on the run, I plead with the mem­bers of the pub­lic to con­tinue their vig­i­lance, and to re­port all in­for­ma­tion to the po­lice.” The min­is­ter also pleaded with fam­ily mem­bers, as­so­ciates and friends of those wanted, to turn them in, warn­ing that any­one caught har­bour­ing them would be dealt with to the fullest ex­tent of the law.

The joint ser­vices re­main vig­i­lant at prison fa­cil­i­ties in New Am­s­ter­dam, Timehri, Ge­orge­town, Lusig­nan and Mazaruni, to en­sure that any other es­cape at­tempts are thwarted, Ram­jat­tan said.

He cau­tioned how­ever that, “We are not out of the woods yet. We have a lot of work to do to catch the four, to main­tain or­der in the in­sti­tu­tions.”

He re­it­er­ated that the other fa­cil­i­ties re­main sat­u­rated at this point in time, hence stepped up se­cu­rity. The min­is­ter also pledged to not rest un­til all of the re­main­ing fugi­tives are cap­tured, stat­ing, “We will in­ten­sify the ef­forts. We are not go­ing to let up un­til the last one is caught and in a sense, or­der and sta­bil­ity, and se­cu­rity is re­stored.”

Mil­lions are be­ing spent after a sup­ple­men­tary re­quest was ap­proved by the Par­lia­ment, to im­prove the hold­ing fa­cil­i­ties and ac­com­mo­da­tion for staffers at Camp Street. At least 85 pris­on­ers have been trans­ferred back to the se­cure Brick Prison, in Camp Street from Lusig­nan.

Pre­fab­ri­cated build­ings, to tem­po­rar­ily ac­com­mo­date staff, will be set up over the com­ing week, for prison of­fi­cers on duty.

It was also re­vealed by Sa­muels, dur­ing the melee at Lusig­nan Prison which re­sulted in 22 oth­ers be­ing hurt, that one pris­oner re­mains hos­pi­tal­ized in Ge­orge­town. He was in­jured with a pel­let lodged in bot­tom of his left eye and, de­spite his dis­rup­tive be­hav­ior, will be given spe­cial­ist care.

Two other pris­on­ers in­jured on Satur­day were treated and re­turned to cus­tody at the East Coast, De­mer­ara fa­cil­ity.

Sa­muels also dis­closed that three ( 3) im­pro­vised weapons were dis­cov­ered dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

The Joint Ser­vices re­main hot in pur­suit of the re­main­ing four es­capees, led by an “In­tel­li­gence ap­pa­ra­tus that is alive and kick­ing”, the Po­lice Com­mis­sioner ag. David Ram­nar­ine stated.

He also thanked the pub­lic for co­op­er­at­ing with the author­i­ties along with the Fire Ser­vice for its lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port.

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