Monday, April 15, 2024

Guyana police hunt for death row inmate after deadly prison riot and fire


Share post:

GEORGETOWN – Authorities in Guyana were on the hunt last night for a death row inmate believed to have masterminded a weekend prison riot that destroyed the country’s largest jail and killed a warder.

A fire during the riot destroyed the Camp Street Prison, primarily made from wood, which housed just over 1 000 inmates. It was built to accommodate 600.

President David Granger said that while the prison had been destroyed, the authorities’ priority was to ensure the safety of the Guyanese people.

“Guyanese can be assured that there are not going to be prisoners roaming about the city or countryside,” he told the state broadcaster.

However, five people escaped, including Mark Royden Williams, sentenced to death by hanging in February for his part in the Bartica massacre in 2008 in which 12 were killed, including three police officers.

Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels said Williams had sought his freedom on Sunday and plotted with another inmate to set the building on fire and escape.

A prison officer, Odinga Wickham, died of gunshot wounds, though details of the shooting were unclear.

The fire began around 5 p.m. on Sunday, but emergency services were unable to enter to building as many prisoners were armed, said authorities. (Reuters)


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related articles

US tells Israel it won’t join any retaliatory strikes on Iran

The White House has warned Israel that the US will not participate in any retaliatory strikes on Iran,...

Fogging Schedule: April 15 to 19

A number of communities in St Michael and Christ Church will be fogged by the Ministry of Health...

Former Surinamese president Bouterse ineligible to enter United States

The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on former Surinamese President Desiré Delano Bouterse and six former Surinamese...

Gunners failed to fire against Villa

Aston Villa produced an outstanding performance to stun Arsenal at Emirates Stadium and leave Manchester City in pole...