National Security Minister Hermangild Francis has expressed concern about the escape of two ‘dangerous’ prisoners from the Baie-Mahault prison in Guadeloupe last week.
“Anytime you hear these sort of things – to hear a high security facility in Guadeloupe being breached by prisoners is of concern,” Francis told reporters Monday.
“We then have to look at ourselves and see whether we are secured at Bordelais (Correctional Facility),” the minister said.
One of the escapees from prison in Guadeloupe is Saint Lucian murder convict Henry Reagan, 31, who was serving a life sentence for killing a fifty year old man in Martinique.
The other is 32 year old Vincentian, Peters Orvel, who had been sentenced to 12 years in prison in Fort-de-France on charges including armed violence and sexual assault.
Saint Lucia’s National Security Minister observed that there was need to take note of the offences the escapees had committed.
“Sometimes those persons are desperate and if they were to ever enter our shores we have to be extremely careful how we deal with those individuals,” the former Deputy Police Commissioner explained.
He disclosed that authorities here are monitoring the situation and working with the French so that any information obtained about the prisoners who escaped from Guadeloupe will be shared.
Francis recently returned home from a Franco-Saint Lucian Security Committee meeting in neighbouring Martinique.