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Denzil Roberts collapses and dies


Denzil Roberts collapses and dies

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Denzil Orlando Roberts collapsed and died earlier today, Nation News has learnt.

He was reportedly at Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St Michael, when he collapsed and was taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he later succumbed.

Police spokesman acting inspector Rodney Inniss confirmed the incident occurred.

Roberts gained notoriety on September 5, 1991 when he became one of four men who escaped from maximum security at Glendairy Prison. He fled along with convicted murderers Winston Hall, Peter Bradshaw and David Oliver.

He spent 168 days on the run before he was recaptured by police, spending the night at a woman’s house. While attempting to run, he was shot in the legs by now retired officer Ashton “Rap Browne” Jones.

Roberts, 56, was released from HMP Dodds on June 20, 2017, after 32 years in prison. He escaped the hangman’s noose on a ruling of the Privy Council that it would be cruel and inhumane to carry out an execution more than five years after sentencing.

He was jointly charged with Carlise Trotman and both were convicted on March 24, 1986, of murdering Michael Cox of Rendezvous, Christ Church. Cox was strangled with electric wire between July 1 and 9, 1985, the court heard.

When Roberts was released in 2017, he had returned home to Tichbourne, St Michael. (SAT)

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