Eight prison inmates of the Golden Grove Prison in Arouca, Trinidad and Tobago escaped last week through a hole dug in the wall of their cell which was weakened by a construction work nearby.
Their escape was widely publicized and six of the fugitives were captured in different locations following a call to action by the police and army. However, two remained at large until Monday when they released a video message on Facebook.
Murder convicts Olatunji Denbow and Michael Finley posted a video on Facebook shot from an unknown location claiming to have been framed for their double murder conviction.
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“Let we have we day in court, sooner than later nah, please….We not armed, we not dangerous. We do not intend to be dangerous. We don’t intend to be a danger to society, no how. We ready and willing to hand in weself. We just want fairness. As soon as allyuh ready for real justice,” Denbow said.
The duo who have been convicted of the murders of Andre La Touche and Abiola Noel at their Laventille home in February 2016 pleaded with the authorities to investigate their claims and set them free.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith stated that it is for the justice system to declare them innocent or guilty, adding that they will be pursued and recaptured no matter what it takes, reports Caribbean360.
“It is right of the individuals to claim their innocence. That is going to be decided not by WhatsApp, social media or the Commissioner of Police, but by the criminal justice system and that is how it would take place,” he added.
He also warned those who might be helping them to desist from doing so else they would be dealt with. “
“They are fugitives and those individuals who are aiding and abetting these escaped fugitives they will also be hunted down because they are also committing a crime,” he said.
A $50,000 dollar reward has been offered to anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the fugitives.