By RASHAD ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
A PRISONER escaped the Department of Correctional Services on Saturday, but was quickly captured and returned, National Security Minister Marvin Dames said yesterday.
The identity of the prisoner has not been disclosed.
The escape is under investigation. Mr Dames said there is no reason to be concerned about future prison breaks.
Escaped prisoners typically face further prison time.
In August 2018, an armed robbery convict was sentenced to three years after pleading guilty to a thwarted escape plot.
Over a two-month period the man, Mario Taylor, 36, used steel from a bathroom to cut a hole in his cell’s ceiling. He was sentenced to three years for attempted escape and two years for causing damage to the prison. The sentences are to run concurrently.
In January 2006, a small group of prisoners carried out a deadly escape at Her Majesty’s Prison, as the facility was then known, that left one prison officer and an inmate dead.
Convicted murderer Forrester Bowe staged an escape from the maximum security wing with convicted rapist Barry Parcoi, convicted murderer Neil Brown and convicted armed robber Corey Hepburn around 4am on January 17, 2006. Brown was shot dead during attempts to recapture him.
Bowe and Parcoi were injured during the incident as well, but they were quickly captured by authorities.
Hepburn, on the other hand, escaped and led police on a two-week hunt before he was recaptured in an apartment building on Coral Harbour.
The men were later found by the coroner in May 2006 to be jointly responsible for the killing of 13-year prison veteran Corporal Dion Bowles during their breakout.
Bowe was found dead in his cell in October 2014.