Prisons Commissioner gets report on YTC escape

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 00:45


Com­mis­sion­er of Pris­ons, Ger­ard Wil­son has re­ceived the re­port on the Oc­to­ber 3 es­cape at the Youth Train­ing Cen­tre (YTC) where five young of­fend­ers es­caped and to date, re­mains still at large.

Based on the com­ple­tion of the en­quiry, Wil­son told Guardian Me­dia that “it doesn’t look good.”

Asked what would have “jumped out” at him based on the re­port he was giv­en, Wil­son would on­ly say, “Just say that based on the in­for­ma­tion re­vealed in the en­quiry it does not look good.”

Speak­ing dur­ing the third episode of the T&T Pris­ons Ser­vice’s Con­ver­sa­tions with the Com­mis­sion­er on Wednes­day, Wil­son dis­closed that he was giv­en the fi­nal re­port on the en­quiry on Tues­day.

He added that on Wednes­day morn­ing he ap­proached the le­gal de­part­ment for con­sul­ta­tions, fol­low­ing which an in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be of­fi­cial­ly launched based on the en­quiry on Mon­day.

Wil­son, in ad­mit­ting that he takes full re­spon­si­bil­i­ty for the es­cape, said he wish­es for his pris­ons of­fi­cers to ex­er­cise more vig­i­lance de­spite the fact that they are short-staffed.

Wil­son, who dis­closed that Wednes­day’s ‘Con­ver­sa­tions’ was the last for him as he will be pro­ceed­ing on pre-re­tire­ment leave from No­vem­ber 19, said the YTC es­cape meant for him “go­ing out with a bang.”

On Oc­to­ber 7, four days af­ter the es­cape, Crime Stop­pers of­fered a $0.25 mil­lion dol­lar re­ward for any in­for­ma­tion that will lead to the cap­tur­ing of the five es­capees.

This re­ward came just as po­lice of­fi­cers and prison of­fi­cers said they are stumped in find­ing the five young of­fend­ers who es­caped from the Gold­en Grove, Arou­ca fa­cil­i­ty.

In a poster sent out by Crime Stop­pers, the or­gan­i­sa­tion said it is of­fer­ing a $50,000 per es­capee.


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The es­cape was be­lieved to be well planned and or­ches­trat­ed as in­tel­li­gence re­ceived sug­gests that there may have been a get­away car in­volved.

A hack­saw blade was al­so used to cut through the bars of the dor­mi­to­ry in which they were in.

The es­capees have been iden­ti­fied as Dil­lano Mar­cano, 16, of Pearl Dri­ve, La Paille Vil­lage, Ca­roni and LP 34 Agos­ti­ni Street, St Joseph; Jaden Fletch­er of LP#73 Par­ry­lands Vil­lage, Guapo, Sixth Com­pa­ny Cir­cu­lar Road, New Grant, Princes Town; An­tho­ny Ram­sumair, 19, of No. 12 New Vil­lage Ex­ten­sion, La For­tune, Wood­land; Bri­an Seep­er­sad, 17, of No. 24 Sea Trace, Bagatelle Road, Diego Mar­tin and Dar­ren Scott, 17, of O’Meara Road, Cara­po Vil­lage, Ari­ma.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port, at about 2.35 am five of the ten res­i­dents were able to cut the bars to the dor­mi­to­ry which has an en­closed area to the back. The young of­fend­ers went through the cut bars in­to the en­clo­sure and were able to lift a wire fenc­ing and crawl un­der it where they then climbed through a ceil­ing out in­to the yard.

Wil­son, who served 36 years in the Pris­ons Ser­vice, al­so sought to high­light some of his achieve­ments dur­ing his tenure as Com­mis­sion­er, which in­clud­ed:

  • the es­tab­lish­ment of the High-Risk Man­age­ment Unit where high-risk pris­on­ers are mon­i­tored in a bid to re­duce, if not stop the at­tacks/dead­ly at­tacks on pris­ons of­fi­cers;
  • the in­tro­duc­tion of fe­male pris­ons of­fi­cers to the Ser­vices’ spe­cialised unit - the Strate­gic Ser­vices Unit;
  • the Pris­ons In­ter­dic­tion Unit which mon­i­tors con­tra­bands and oth­er il­le­gal items/ac­tiv­i­ties en­ter­ing the pris­ons;
  • the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Pro­ba­tion­ers De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme;
  • the in­tro­duc­tion of a Cus­tomer Ser­vice Re­la­tions De­part­ment who greets vis­i­tors at the gates in a bid to erad­i­cate in­tim­i­da­tion and fears;
  • the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the Pris­ons Ser­vices’ own flag and es­tab­lish­ment of a memo­r­i­al gar­den where fam­i­ly mem­bers can now go too to lay wreaths for their loved ones, some of whom were killed dur­ing the line of du­ty.