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YTC Inmate escapes at Best Village show

Monday, July 16, 2018
Mason Ramjassingh

An inmate of the Youth Training Centre, at Golden Grove, who escaped custody on Saturday had been once described as an inspiration to many of the youths at the facility and had earned a role as part of the prison’s mentoring team.

Mason Ramjassingh, 21, who is awaiting trial for murder, often went from school to school lecturing to students about the mistakes he made in life.

It is believed that Ramjassingh managed to escape while on a trip to the National Academy for the Performing Arts for a Best Village function in Port-of-Spain.

Guardian Media was informed that around 9 pm on Saturday, officers who were escorting the contingent of prisoners realised that Ramjassingh was missing.

The guards immediately contacted the West End Police Station and a manhunt was launched. Checks were made at Ramjassingh’s family’s home at Sea Trace, Diego Martin but he was not found.

Police said Ramjassingh has been on the mentoring team for five years and has been appealing to youths from schools to stay away from a life of crime. He is currently awaiting trial and has been committed to YTC since 2014, on a capital charge.

At a recent Peace over Violence function at Couva West Secondary, Ramjassingh said he was incarcerated since 2014 and all of the friends abandoned him after he was charged. The only one who remained at his side was his mother, he said at the time.

Anyone with information on Ramjassingh’s whereabouts should contact Crime Stoppers at 800-TIPS or the nearest police station. — Radhica De Silva


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