Man gets 18 months jail for escaping lawful custody

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…tells court he needed to go home to see his wife and children

Wazim Pereira, 27, of lot 111 North Sophia, Georgetown on Monday stood before Principle Magistrate Judy Latchman and admitted to escaping from lawful custody.

The court heard that on August 19, 2018 while being in lawful custody at the Kitty Police Station, pending a criminal charge, he escaped.

After admitting to the charge, the father of two told the court that on the day in question, he was given $10,000 by a passerby who is known to him.  However, he related that he give the officer in charge at the time the said amount in order for him to be released.

“I give de…officer Best de 10 gran and she lose the hand cuff and tell me to go. She tek me 10 gran i aint lying, all I want u do for me your worship is to assist me and see what u can do. I will accept and bless whatever small sentence”. The man explained.

According to the prosecution’s facts, on August 19 at around 5:20h the accused asked the police officer to use the washroom when she slackened the handcuffs from his hands. After doing same the man then pushed the officer to the ground before running out of the station.

An alarm was raised and the suspect was subsequently rearrested and charge for the offence.

Moreover, after listening to Pereira’s explanation, the Magistrate entered a not guilty plea on his behalf and remanded the man; who at this time asked to reenter a plea.

“Your worship me aint want all of that (referring to the adjournment), I want a small sentence, and I’m going be happy with that” he lamented.

Further, the man was asked by Magistrate Latchman why did he escape from the lock up and he simply replied by saying “I needed to see my children, my wife and my children”.

After considering an early mitigation plea the Magistrate sentenced the man to 18 months imprisonment.

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