2 cops, close friend, charged with escape …”NO BAIL FOR VICKY”

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The escape of fraud accused, Vicky Boodram, nine days ago, had its sequel in court on Tuesday.

Two police officers and a close friend, along with Vicky, were charged with the escape from the Golden Grove State Prison, Arouca, on November 27.

Hours after being formally charged with escaping lawful custody, Vicky attempted suicide by slitting one of her wrists. The incident occurred while she was in custody at the Barataria Police Station on Tuesday morning. It was alleged Vicky used a sharp piece of metal from her bra to inflict the wound to her left wrist.

After being found bleeding by officers during a routine check in the station cell, Vicky was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, where she was treated and discharged.

After appearing at the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, Vicky was taken back the Women’s Prison, Arouca, at 6.58 pm, where she was remanded in custody until her next court date on December 13 at the Arima Magistrates’ Court. Her latest matter was transferred by acting Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle.

Prisons Commissioner Gerard Wilson said Vicky will be placed under suicide watch. He added that frequent medical check-ups will be afforded to her.

Wilson added, “The doctor would be brought in to look at her and have her mentally assessed and given what she did to herself, to ensure that she is physically all right.

Three days after her escape on November 29, Vicky, 35, was recaptured at a house in Penal. Vicky is currently facing 175 fraud charges.

Meanwhile, two police officers spent Tuesday night at prison after not being able to secure bail.

PC Le Von Sylvester and Special Reserve Woman Police Lisa Navarro were jointly charged with dishonestly and fraudulently aiding and procuring Vicky, who was then a person remanded in lawful custody at the Golden Grove Women’s’ Prison, Arouca, in escaping from the prison.

The two officers were also charged with misbehaviour in office by uttering a forged court note, namely 1503 of 2012, in the matter of PC Edwards versus Vicky Boodram, facilitating her unlawful release.

The two officers were each granted $300,000 bail for their two charges, while Vicky was denied bail on her lone charge. All three were ordered to return to court on December 13 and the matter was transferred to the Arima Magistrates’ Court.

Also appearing before Busby-Earle-Caddle was Roxanne Cudjoe, 32,  a close friend, who is charged with harbouring Vicky at Cudjoe’s Lachoos Road, Penal home on November 30, with intent to impede her arrest.

Cudjoe, the mother of an eight-year-old, will appear before a Siparia Magistrate on Wednesday seeking bail.
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