2 NOC escapees jailed for 3 years

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Two escapees from the New Opportunity Corps (NOC) on the Essequibo Coast were on Thursday sentenced to three years imprisonment each for robbery with aggravation.

A section of the NOC facility

They both appeared before Magistrate Ester Sam at the Suddie Magistrate’s Court.

A 16-year-old and 17-year-old – both residents of NOC – admitted to the charge.

The prosecution is contending that the duo were arrested on August 23, 2017, and were later charged with robbery with aggravation committed on Ivelaw Lynch.

Lynch is the second officer in charge of NOC. She was robbed of one BLU cellphone valued $5000 and one bunch keys valued $40,000. The robbery occurred on August 20, 2017.

The 16-year-old was placed at the Juvenile Holding Centre until he turns 17 in September after which he will transferred to prison.

This publication had reported that on August 20, eleven (six females and five males) inmates escaped from the New Opportunity Corps (NOC), Onderneeming, Essequibo Coast, on Sunday around 17:15hrs but were apprehend shortly after.

Police had said that the “two females were recaptured shortly after and the others were recaptured about 06:00h this morning (Monday last) not far from the facility.”

The 11 inmates escaped by stealing the keys to the facility and unlocking the doors.

Just recently, two juvenile inmates had escaped (on July 24) from the facility and broke and entered the home of Member of Parliament Haimraj Rajkumar and stole boots, perfumes and clothing valued $129, 000.

The teens, a 16-year-old of West Coast Berbice and a 17-year-old of La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara were recaptured on July 26 and pleaded guilty to their crimes in court.

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