Mazaruni prison escapee recaptured


Vijay Sanchara’s bid to escape from custody was short-lived after law enforcement officials recaptured the 31-year-old convict who was discovered missing from the Mazaruni Prison farm on Wednesday.

Vijay Sanchara

The inmate, a former resident of Wakenaam, Essequibo, is currently serving a seven-year sentence for attempted murder.

While details surrounding Sanchara’s disappearance remains sketchy, it was revealed that he was picked up by prison wardens and taken to the farm to work. It was during this time that he made good his escape.

Acting Prison Director Gladwin Samuels on Thursday morning said that both Prison and Police ranks were out looking for the escapee. He disclosed that they received information from a tractor operator who reported that he gave a ride to someone matching Sanchara’s description from Karrau – a neighbouring settlement – to a crossing some distance away.

The Acting Prison Director noted that from where the escapee was reportedly dropped off, he would travel further into the hinterland where mining operations are being carried out or to the Region (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara – Region Three) from which he hailed.

Samuels subsequently confirmed that Sanchara was recaptured sometime around 17:15h at Goat Creek, a mining district in the Region.

Meanwhile, the Joint Services are still continuing their manhunt for the three inmates who managed to break out from the Camp Street and Lusignan penitentiaries back in July.

On August 31, Police in Linden shot and killed Camp Street prison escapee Uree Varswyck, also called Malcolm Gordon, during an armed confrontation.

This was during an intelligence-led operation after reports of Varswyck and Mark Royden Durant, called Royden Williams and Smallie, another Camp Street prison escapee, plus another inmate, were seen in the Central Amelia’s Ward Area in Linden.

Durant, who is alleged to have been the mastermind behind the July 9 jailbreak and fire that flattened the Camp Street Prison in Georgetown, managed to escape from the Police. He is still on the run along with Cobena Stephens, who also escaped from Camp Street, and Paul Goriah.


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