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Murder convict tries to escape

...recaptured by prisons officers

DEATH ROW inmate Lester Pitman, who is currently appealing a murder conviction, attempted to escape from the Port of Spain Prison around 11 a.m. yesterday but was recaptured. Following a brief altercation with officers he was eventually subdued.

Well-placed prisons sources told the Express that Pitman was seen by a prisons officer scaling one of the jail's high walls and he alerted his colleagues who quickly sprang into action and recaptured the man.

Pitman and another man, Daniel Agard, were found guilty in 2004 for the December 2001 murders of John Cropper, 59, who was the husband of recently-deceased environmentalist Angela Cropper, and Angela Cropper's mother, Maggie Lee.

Both the prisons' Communications Department and Prisons chief Martin Martinez denied knowledge of the incident but it was later confirmed by the police.

In December 2009, Pitman was awarded $147,000 by the State after a judge agreed with a lawsuit filed on his behalf citing a beating he received at the hands of prisons officers in November 2008. —GG

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