Prison Officer accused of giving convict phone
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August 14, 2009
Prison Officer accused of giving convict phone

A prison officer of over 17 years is being accused of being on the wrong side of the law.{{more}}

George Caesar, a resident of Mesopotamia, was released on $7,500 bail at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Friday, August 7th, after pleading not guilty to two charges.

Caesar pleaded not guilty to conveying one Motorola VR50 cellular phone battery into Her Majesty’s Prison to facilitate the escape of convicted murderer Sheldon “Dutch” Bain. He also pleaded not guilty to conveying one Sony Ericsson cellular phone into Her Majesty’s Prison with intent to facilitate the escape of Sheldon “Dutch” Bain.

Bain, a Grenadian fugitive, was convicted last December in the High Court for the murder of Taxi operator Peter “Kazaman” Joseph at Cane Hall in 2004. He had managed to escape from the Richmond Hill prison in Grenada in 2004 while awaiting sentencing for the murder of Vincentian trafficker Omelia Roberts of Belmont.

Caesar was also ordered to report to the Mesopotamia Police Station on Mondays and Fridays between 6am and 6pm.

Senior Magistrate Donald Browne told the accused that it is very serious to be charged with an offence of this nature and that it carries a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment.

Caesar’s lawyer Ronald Marks, in response to Browne, said that he was cognizant that it was a serious matter but it still remains an allegation.

Earlier this week, Marks told Searchlight that his client has not received a formal letter of suspension. He, however, noted that Caesar has not gone back to work since being charged.

When SEARCHLIGHT contacted Superintendent of Prisons Eric Roderiguez, he declined to give a comment on the matter, stating that it was still under investigation.

The matter was adjourned to September 8 for hearing.