Government of Antigua & Barbuda
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (GIS) — Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the Honourable Gaston Browne has restated that the new Antigua Labour Party Administration will enforce a zero tolerance policy on crime.
Prime Minister Browne made the comment after receiving a brief from Deputy Commissioner of Police Henry Christian on the sighting and subsequent apprehension of one of two escapees from Her Majesty’s Prison.
Police on Friday, while in the vicinity of the Caribbean Radio Lighthouse facility, sighted Avie Howell, who was serving two life sentences for a number of murders and Kenroy Marshall, who was on remand for fraud, larceny, escaping lawful custody and is suspected to be involved in other serious crime.
Both men were ordered to freeze however Howell challenged the police with a dangerous weapon and was shot. Marshall was able to evade the police and is being hunted. The Emergency Medical Services EMS transported Howell to the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre where he succumbed to his injuries.
“I would like to commend the police for their swift action in this very important matter of national security and this is in keeping with our policy of zero tolerance on the issue of crime and violence. The ABLP Administration will be proactive in fighting crime and violence in protecting the interests of the people of Antigua and Barbuda, making sure that Antigua and Barbuda is a safe place for all citizens, all residents and all visitors,” noted Prime Minister Browne.
The Police have advised that Kenroy Marshall who is still at large is believed to be armed and dangerous.