The father of one of the four men – who escaped from the Mazaruni Prison – this afternoon appeared before Magistrate Crystal Lambert at the Vreed en Hoop Magistrate’s Court to answer the charge of harbouring fugitives.
Ralph Jones, a 60-year-old boat captain of 114 Fourth Avenue, Bartica was not required to plea to four counts of harbouring and maintaining convicted prisoners. He is the father of Rayon Ryan Jones who was convicted for manslaughter.
His lawyer Adrian Thompson said his client’s son showed up at his home with the other 3 convicts and demanded food and money. Thompson said his client was fearful for his life and him not helping the escapees could have caused him his life.
Magistrate Crystal Lambert refused to grant bail. He was remanded until March 5.
On February 16, 25-year-old Imran Ramsaywack of Adelphi Village, East Canje Berbice; 44-year-old Kenrick Lyte, whose last known address was Grant Good Intent, Lower Pomeroon River; 22-year-old Samuel Gouveia of Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara; and 22-year-old Rayon Jones of Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD) broke out of solitary confinement and escaped from the Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) penitentiary.
They are still on the run.