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Witness ID’d inmate accused of escape plot

An anonymous witness implicated murder suspect Fred Lifaite in a plot to escape from prison, a court heard yesterday.

Lifaite, 43, who is on remand on a murder charge, is on trial for attempted escape and causing damage after a 12-inch hole was discovered in the ceiling of the cell that he shared with four other inmates.

Officer Darryn Stubbs, the only officer who testified yesterday, said that he showed the witness a rogue’s gallery and the witness identified Lifaite as one of the persons involved in the plan.

Police charged Lifaite and Mario Taylor, 36, after prison guards found the hole and a handmade rope in cell H-7 on August 3, 2018,

Taylor pleaded guilty at arraignment and was sentenced to three years in prison and claimed that he acted alone.

Lifaite denied the accusations and refused to sign the record of interview, ASP Terrel Cox said.

In earlier testimony, corrections officer Jason Rolle said after receiving information, he and other officers searched cell H-7.

Rolle said that he saw a “suspicious-looking bag that contained a rope made out of cloth-like material”.

Lifaite asked Rolle the names of the other occupants of the cell, but he could not recall them.

The trial continues on January 21.

Inspector Claudette McKenzie prosecuted.

Lifaite is representing himself.

 

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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