Tuesday, April 23, 2024

From The Archives: Got Him


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WINSTON HALL is back behind bars.

A fugitive since March 18, 1985, he was nabbed around 10:30 a.m. yesterday on the bridge of the cruise liner the Pacific Princess when it docked at the Grenadine island of Mayreau, off St. Vincent.

Hall is wanted by Barbados police on seven charges, including murder. He is also facing several joint charges with Peter Bradshaw and David Oliver, both of whom are on death row, following their conviction for the December 15, 1984 murder of Cyril Sisnett, manager of Francia plantation, St. George.

According to St. Vincent’s Commissioner of Police Randolph Toussaint, Hall was apprehended when officers from the drug squad, acting on information received, boarded the liner. He was found hiding in a lifeboat by PC 166 Mathew Black and PC Aipheus Grant. He did not put up any resistance.

The fugitive was put aboard a speed boat and taken to Union Island, where he was held at the police station for most of the day. He was flown back to mainland St. Vincent aboard Air Martinique and landed there at 5:20 p.m.

From there Hall was taken to police headquarters on Bay Street, Kingstown where he was interrogated. Around 7:35 p.m. he was bundled onto LIAT flight 336 and brought back to Barbados by Sergeant Artis Davis and PC 323 Ainsley Roban of the St. Vincent Police Force.

At 8:20 p.m. the aircraft touched down at Grantley Adams International Airport bearing a human cargo that many had never expected to see again, the Houdini of local criminal history, Winston Hall.

At 8:40 p.m. he was handed over to a team of officers including Station Sergeant Ashford Jones and whisked away to Oistins Police Station-the same station from which he escaped on March 18, 1985.

According to Vincentian police sources, Hall had been living in the fishing village Claire Valley, located on the leeward side of the island about seven miles from the capital, Kingstown.

During interrogation, he said he fled Barbados on Thursday and went to Mayreau where he planned to live in the bushes because the local police were closing in on him. He said he never thought the Vincentian police would have information on him.



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