A man, who was charged two weeks ago for escaping custody, today, told the court that he recently escaped from the Lusignan Prison, but was instructed by his mother to return.

Forty-one-year-old Gary Grant of 24 Norton Street, Lodge, Georgetown, was slapped with four charges on September 23, 2019, and was remanded to prison for the offences.

This morning, when the matters were called in the courtroom of Principal Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus, Grant stated, “Since I went in prison they took me to the hospital twice to get injection but like they up the dose so I started feeling strong.”

He added, “When I return from the hospital on the second occasion I decided to jump the fence and escape. I went home and spend some time but my mother told me to go back; so I went.”

Gary was charged a few weeks ago. Police said he caused chaos and confusion at the Stabroek Market Police Outpost when he chopped off a handcuff and made good his escape.

The first charge stated that on September 19, at the Stabroek Market Police Outpost, while being in police custody on a simple larceny charge, he escaped.

The second charge stated that on the same day, and at the same location, he stole one phone valued $35,000 property of Nadina Maloney.

It was further alleged that on the same day, and at the same location, he damaged a wooden door, a bench, and other items valuing $39,000, the property of the Guyana Police Force (GPF).

The last charge stated that on the same day, and at the same location, he behaved in a disorderly manner. Grant pleaded not guilty to all the allegations after they were read to him.

On his first court appearance, in addressing the court, the unrepresented man stated, “The Police best go and look for Gary Grant so he can come and answer these changes. My name is not Gary Grant.”

He added, “Me ain’t do nothing the officer lash me in my head so I can’t remember nothing. I am Dr. Harry’s patient and I need an evaluation.”

Facts presented by Police Prosecutor Annalisa Brummell stated that on the day in question, the defendant was in custody at the Stabroek Market Police Outpost for allegedly stealing a woman’s phone.

The court heard the man was handcuffed to a metal bar attached to a wall inside the structure after he was placed to sit on a bench.

However, around 22:20 hrs he began jumping into the air. A cutlass that ranks had secured under the counter became exposed and he used it to chop off the chain from the handcuff before fleeing.

Grant is expected to make his next court appearance on November 6, 2019, for the commencement of the trial.


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