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Prison escape case delayed

The attempted escape trial of a murder suspect has been adjourned to next month.

Fred Lifaite, who is facing charges of attempted escape and causing damage, will be tried on the charges on November 9 before Magistrate Kara Turnquest-Deveaux.

Lifaite and armed robber Mario Taylor were charged with the escape plan after prison guards found a black plastic bag that contained a handmade cloth rope during a search of cell H-7 around 10:45 a.m. on August 3.

After checking the ceiling, the officers found that the hole in the ceiling had been concealed with newspaper.

Taylor pleaded guilty and was sentenced to an additional three years in prison.

During an interview with police, Taylor said that he began planning his escape after he was sentenced for armed robbery on October 3, 2017.

Taylor said that he chipped away from the concrete in the ceiling with a piece of steel he had removed from the bathroom. Taylor did this while the other inmates on the block were exercising, the court heard.

He told investigators that he stood on three buckets to reach the ceiling and pulled the curtain to the cell for privacy.

Taylor told police that he went inside the hole several times and had also placed a bag of clothing inside the crevice for his break out.

Taylor said that he went into his manhole several times but could not cut the tin roof that lead outside, the court heard.

Artesia Davis

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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