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Two plead guilty in Bimini jailbreak

Drug cases still pending
  • Gavargo Saunders (left) and Sean Livingston Solomon (center) outside court on Wednesday. AHVIA J. CAMPBELL

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: Oct 10, 2013

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Two men who broke out of jail on Bimini earlier this week, were yesterday convicted on escape charges and sentenced to six months in Her Majesty’s Prisons.

Gavargo Saunders, 22, and Sean Livingston Solomon, 40, both of Alice Town, Bimini, both pleaded guilty during separate arraignments in a magistrate’s court.

They escaped from the Grants Town Police Station on October 6.

Solomon was in custody after he was arrested in connection with drug possession, while Saunders was in police custody on a separate drug matter.

According to prosecutor Ercel Dorsett, the bars in the block where they were being held were cut.

Dorsett said officers checked on the suspects around 1 a.m. However, when officers checked the cell again several hours later, both Saunders and Solomon were gone.

Saunders admitted that he was wrong for escaping lawful custody. He said he escaped because officers held him for 40 hours without questioning him. He also told the court that his family came to the station to bring him food but it was not given to him.

“I don’t know what they were trying to do to me,” he said.

Saunders admitted that he didn’t think about the penalties of his actions when he escaped.

Solomon said he escaped because he didn’t want to go to jail. Prosecutor Dorsett said when asked by officers why he escaped, Solomon said it was the “young brother’s idea”.

Solomon was also charged yesterday in connection with possession of 411 pounds of marijuana police confiscated in a bust on Bimini on October 5.

He pleaded not guilty to possession and conspiracy to possess.

The matter was adjourned to April 24 for trial.

Nineteen-year-old Kareem Chea and 26-year-old Andero Clarke, who faced the same drug charge as Solomon, appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes earlier this week.

Both men pleaded not guilty to possession and conspiracy to possess.

Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) officers and Bimini police, working on intelligence, reportedly found the marijuana along Bimini’s northeastern shoreline around 8 a.m.

Head of DEU Superintendent Samuel Butler said the marijuana was packed in numerous bags and ready for transport.

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