Trinidad Prison Escapees Release Video Claiming Innocence

Michael Finley (left) and Olatunji Denbow are the last two of eight prison escapees on the run.

PORT OF SPAIN,
Trinidad, Monday May 20, 2019
– The two prison escapees who remain on the run have released a
video claiming they were framed for double murder and pleading with the authorities
to investigate their claims.

Olatunji Denbow and Michael Finley are the only
two still inmates at large, following the recapture of the other six prisoners
who broke out of the Golden Grove prison last Wednesday. The duo is accused of the
murders of Andre La Touche and Abiola Noel who were killed at their Laventille
home in February 2016.

But in a video posted on Facebook, they said
they wanted their names cleared.

“Let we have we day in court, sooner than later nah, please….We not armed, we not dangerous. We do not intend to be dangerous. We don’t intend to be a danger to society, no how. We ready and willing to hand in weself. We just want fairness. As soon as allyuh ready for real justice,” Denbow said.

But Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has
insisted that it is for the justice system to decide on their guilt or
innocence and they will be pursued and recaptured.

“They can sing from now to high heaven, it is
irrelevant to me and irrelevant to the police service. We will hunt you down
and we will bring them to justice and let the court decide,” he said.

“It is right of the individuals to claim their
innocence. That is going to be decided not by WhatsApp, social media or the
Commissioner of Police, but by the criminal justice system and that is how it
would take place.”

The top cop has also cautioned that anyone who
is helping the two men while they are on the run that they are breaking the law
and would be dealt with accordingly.

“What I do find very interesting is the
situation whereby the individuals have some degree of support by other
individuals who seem to be guiding them accordingly. And I will pursue these
individuals because I see them as enemies of the State at this time,” he
warned.

“They are fugitives and those individuals who are aiding and abetting these escaped fugitives they will also be hunted down because they are also committing a crime,” he said.

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