One death reported in Guyana prison fire

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Guyana Government has sought to assure citizens that the situation at the country’s main prison in the capital is under control and that inmates from the burnt facility were being transferred to other institutions across the country.

Prison officials confirmed that six prison officers were taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) where prison warden Odinga Wickham succumbed to gunshot wounds, two are in critical condition and three are stable.

Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels said that the prison accommodated 1,018 prisoners.  Sixteen months ago, 17 prisoners died at the same facility following a fire there.

The police have issued wanted bulletins for two prisoners who escaped following the fire at the Camp Street facility saying they are wanted for murder and escaping from lawful custody.

They are Uree Varswyke aka Malcolm Gordon and Mark Royden Durant aka Royden Williams C/D “Smallie”.

President David Granger urged citizens to practice safety and precautionary measures and said that law enforcement officers are working along with members of the joint services to recapture those who have escaped custody. 

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