More than two years after he escaped from the Stockfarm State Prison for the third time, 36-year-old murder convict Steven Alphonse of Belles is still at large as efforts by prison officials and the police to find him have so far proved futile.
Alphonse is among four prisoners who escaped from the facility in recent times and who have not yet been apprehended, Acting Prison Superintendent, Raphael Catin, revealed on Friday at the closing of the May Criminal Assizes.
Alphonse was serving a 40-year sentence for the vicious murder of a young woman.
He escaped on January 27, 2010 when prisoners were engaged in extracting coal from a coal pit between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:40 p.m., with time off for lunch.
Prison officials noticed that Alphonse was missing when there was a change of shift and a head count was conducted.
He was initially sentenced to death in 1993, but appealed the case and in 2007 the sentence was commuted to 40 years.
In a previous escape, Alphonse made his way to Guadeloupe where he stayed for some time before he was deported to Dominica.
He has been described as ‘dangerous’ by law enforcement in Dominica.
The other prisoners on the loose are Bert Williams who escaped in December 2010; Danny Auguiste who escaped in October 2011 and Dexter Baptiste who escaped in November 2011.
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