Prisons chief: Action to be taken on jailbreak

By Rickie Ramdass

PRISONS COMMISSIONER Martin Martinez has said that "definitive action would be taken" following the findings of an investigation into how convicted death row inmate Darryl Charles-Bissoon allegedly escaped from prison on Christmas Eve morning.

Martinez, in a brief telephone interview yesterday, said the investigation has been completed and the findings reviewed.

However, he declined to disclose what those findings were, saying only that action will be taken. He also refused to disclose what type of action he was speaking of, or against whom.

"Definitive action will be taken in that regard. I cannot disclose the findings of the investigation and I also cannot say what type of action would be taken because that action has not been taken as yet," said Martinez.

Charles-Bissoon was sentenced to hang last October after being found guilty of the May 28, 2005 murder of Colin De Landro, who was shot dead during a family lime at Prizgar Road, San Juan.

On Wednesday, he appeared before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar charged with escaping from the Port of Spain prison.

Another man, 27-year-old security officer Khriston Ashby, also appeared before Ayers-Caesar charged with harbouring Charles-Bissoon, following his alleged escape.

Ashby was initially denied bail, but when he reappeared before Magistrate Cheron Raphael yesterday, Ashby was granted bail in the sum of $20,000.

He is due to reappear in court on February 1.

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