From the Courts
February 8, 2022
Man who escaped from police vehicle sent to prison

A MAN is to spend 18 months in prison after activating a suspended sentence of nine months, on top of receiving a nine month jail sentence last week for escaping lawful custody.

It is said that 34-year-old Romano ‘Crime’ Jackson was in the custody of the police on January 28. He was being transported in police vehicle 1048 from the Mesopotamia Magistrate’s Court, and he was sitting and being monitored. Upon reaching the vicinity of Cashwiz, he attempted to jump off. The transport stopped and he was placed inside. He then later opened the door of the transport and jumped out.

Some time later, the police, acting on information, led a party of men to a particular area, where they recaptured him.

A criminal record for the defendant was made available, and the court was made aware of a suspended sentence imposed by Magistrate

Zoila Ellis-Browne. She had given Jackson a nine-month sentence, suspended for three years. His offending actions fell within the time frame the magistrate had imposed, therefore they activated the sentence.

The maximum penalty for the offence of escaping lawful custody is three years incarceration, but Senior Magistrate, Rickie Burnett sought to impose a sentence of nine months.

Another case involving Jackson pertaining to handling stolen goods was adjourned to July 17 at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court (KMC).