A Jamaican national considered by Saint Lucia police to be a dangerous criminal, is currently on the run after escaping from the Babonneau police station.
Superintendent of police with responsibility for Crime Management, Gorge Nicholas, identified the escapee as Orville Pernelle.
Nicholas told reporters Monday that Pernelle was charged on Thursday, October 8, 2020, for causing the death of Cletus Alfred of Ravine Macock, Gros Islet, in August this year.
Alfred’s body was discovered in a pool of blood on the road at Trouya after residents reported hearing the sound of gunshots .
On Friday, Orville Pernelle had a court hearing in connection with the death and was remanded in custody until November 11, 2020, it was disclosed.
According to Superintendent Nicholas, between 3.00 am and 5.00am Monday morning, the Jamaican national escaped from lawful custody.
He said no officer was injured in relation to the escape.
“As we speak there is a manhunt in relation to the suspect and we are pursuing him,” he observed.
“My information is that the suspect was in a cell with 4 other prisoners and he was able to saw the bars of the cell and made his way out of the cell,” Nicholas told reporters.
He said he could not confirm what device was used to saw the bars.
However Nicholas informed reporters that a senior officer is spearheading an internal investigation into the matter.
He said Pernelle is considered to be a ‘dangerous criminal.’
Nicholas appealed to persons with information about the whereabouts of the escaped Jamaican national to contact the nearest police station.