Another prison break in St Lucia
CASTRIES, St Lucia – Another inmate has escaped from the Bordelais Correctional Facility, the second prison break in less than a month, National Security Minister Guy Mayers confirmed Sunday.
He told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that it was still unclear how the inmate, a 21-year-old from the east coast village of Dennery, who was serving time for possession of drugs, was able to escape from the facility.
Unlike the previous jail break which was facilitated by people from outside, there was no such interference on this occasion, prompting suspicion that the escapee may have either made his way out over the prison fence, or facilitated from within.
Sunday’s jailbreak comes in the wake of an audit done on the prison facility by a United States team which has just submitted recommendations to government into ways security at the jail can be improved.
In August two Venezuelans and a St Lucian made their way out of the prison yard on a Sunday after a group of armed men fired on prison guards while cutting the prison fence from outside to facilitate their escape.
There has been no trace of the convicts who police informants said have made their way out of the country.
Meantime, security units combing the forested area surrounding the Bordelais facility after the alarm was raised about the latest jailbreak stumbled upon the decomposed corpse of a male, which they have not yet been able to identify. (CMC)