LESS than twelve hours after he escaped from police custody at the Cove and John Police Station Thursday morning, rape and robbery accused, Kevin Wilkinson, was re-arrested.
The man, according to information reaching the Guyana Chronicle, was recaptured in an alleyway, after he attempted to run away from the police when they showed up at his sister’s house. Upon seeing the lawmen, Wilkinson scaled a fence into his neighbour’s yard and ran through the alleyway where he was cornered, arrested and taken to the police station.
Earlier on Thursday, a number of police ranks were required to give statements detailing the role they played in handling the prisoner up to the point when he managed to escape. By noon, two policemen were placed under close arrest and the matter referred to the Police Office of Professional Responsibility for a probe to be launched. Wilkinson was arrested on Monday on allegations of rape and robbery under arms. He was placed on an identification parade and was pointed out by a number of his alleged victims which resulted in police instituting charges against him, following legal advice. The man was originally slated to appear in court on Thursday but the court clerk, it was reported, accidentally, sent his case file jacket to another magisterial district, which delayed the hearing.
On Thursday, however, as Wilkinson was being prepared for court, he escaped from custody. The police then launched a manhunt for him and, after receiving intelligence, they went to his sister’s home where they were first met with some resistance, during which time Wilkinson tried to slip away through the alleyway but was nabbed.