Escapee Feared Prison Beating

Javon Liburd, Staff Reporter | 2 Opinions
Published: May 03, 2017 4:29 pm AST
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Driven by his fear of returning to Her Majesty’s Prison, Olanzo Dore, who escaped custody last Friday, April 28, allegedly ran because he was being beaten in prison and he feared for his life if he returned. This was put forward by Dore’s Defense Attorney, Mrs. Valerie Stephens-Gordon, in an appearance before the Magistrate's Court this morning, May 3.

Dore pleaded guilty to the offence of escaping lawful custody.

According to the details provided by the crown, on April 28, the accused was transferred from Her Majesty’s Prison to the Magistrate’s Court in Virgin Gorda, to make an appearance in a matter where he is charged with assault, occasioning actual bodily harm.

Sometime after his appearance, he was then transported to the Thomas Bay Jetty, in the custody of prison officers, where they awaited the boat to make their way to Tortola.

The court heard shortly after the boat arrived, Dore’s handcuffs were removed, which is when he made his escape.

Reportedly, before exiting the vehicle, Dore told the officer, “Boy Angie I gone.”

Dore turned himself in on Monday, May 1, at which point an interview was conducted. He told officers of the alleged beating he received in prison, adding that his fear motivated his escape.

Dore will make another appearance on May 19.

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