The police officer charged in connection with the escape of a Jamaican prisoner from the Vieux Fort Police Station on Saturday, Feb. 9 appeared in the Second District Court in Vieux Fort this morning.
Police Constable Norville Blane Clarke, 39, of Debruille, Choiseul is charged with aiding and abetting the escape of 22-year-old Deno B’Jorn Thomas, also known as Miguel Jonathon Garnett.
Clarke has been officer of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force for the past seven years and was attached to the Vieux Fort Police Station.
Clarke was remanded in custody until March 19, 2013.
According to a press release, on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at about 9 pm, officers attached to the Vieux Fort Police Station discovered that the Jamaican prisoner had escaped lawful custody.
Thomas, whose last known address was Marisule, Gros Islet, was arrested on Friday, February 1, 2013, along with Teddy Walcott of Grass Street, Castries for the attempted murder of Adisania Ojo, a Canadian national at Mon Repos at about 12:10 pm.
Ojo sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to St Jude’s Hospital where he was treated and admitted in critical condition.
During the course of investigations, Clarke was arrested under suspicion of aiding and abetting the escape of a prisoner, and subsequently charged.
According to the press release, a warrant of arrest in the first instance has been issued for Thomas.
“The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force is seeking the assistance of the public in recapturing this criminal. If anyone has information pertaining to the whereabouts of the said individual, they can call 999 or the nearest police station.
Deno B’Journ Thomas is approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 191 lbs. He is fair skin in complexion and has brown eyes, black hair, a mustache and a beard. He is muscular in built and carries a cross tattoo with wings on his right shoulder and an angel playing a harp on the left shoulder. The word “Leonter” is written above the tattoo on the left shoulder and below it has the letters “NHT”. Do not approach this individual as he may be armed and dangerous.”
For further information contact the RSLPF Public Relations Office: Tel: 456-3726/7, or Fax 456-3728.