Friday, February 23, 2018

Heavy security for death row inmate in court

Held after 5 days on the run...


police escort: Security officer Khriston Ashby, 27, attempts to shield his face from media photographers as he is taken to the Port of Spain Magistrates' Court. Ashby is accused of harbouring convicted death row inmate Darryl Charles-Bissoon. —Photo: ISHMAEL SALANDY

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CONVICTED death row inmate Darryl Charles-Bissoon made his first appearance in the Port of Spain Magistrates' Court yesterday since his alleged escape from prison last week Monday.

Charles-Bissoon, 26, was brought before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar in the Eighth Court in handcuffs and surrounded by police and prisons officers.

He is charged with escaping from the Port of Spain Prison, along Frederick Street, on Christmas Eve.

He was recaptured last Saturday in San Juan.

Charles-Bissoon, of First Street, San Juan, was brought from the Central Police Station on St Vincent Street, Port of Spain, around 2.15 p.m. and appeared before Ayers-Caesar close to an hour later.

He was unrepresented and was not called upon to plead as the charge was laid indictably. Charles-Bissoon said he would be hiring an attorney in the matter.

On October 6, 2012, Charles-Bissoon and Anderson "Weasel" Mapp were found guilty of the murder of Colin De Landro, who was shot dead during a family lime in Prizgar Road, San Juan, on the morning of May 28, 2005.

They were both sentenced to hang.

Also appearing before Ayers-Caesar was 27-year-old security officer Khriston Ashby, charged with harbouring Charles-Bissoon at his Saddle Road, San Juan, home on Saturday.

He, too, was unrepresented and not called upon to plead to the indictable charge.

Police prosecutor Sgt Ricky Lochan said he was objecting to bail as a criminal background trace of the accused was unavailable.

Charles-Bissoon will return to court on January 30 while Ashby will be reappearing in the Third Court tomorrow.