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How did 'Dudus' escape Tivoli - Ellington Theorises

Published:Friday | February 20, 2015 | 11:11 AMLivern Barrett
Owen Ellington - Norman Grindley photo

Retired Police Commissioner Owen Ellington says then fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke may have used tunnels in his Tivoli Gardens stronghold to evade the security forces when they went there to apprehend him in 2010.

Ellington, who was giving evidence before the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry this morning, said investigators have theorised that Coke escaped Tivoli Gardens in a northerly direction "through tunnels" to the Hannah Town community.

However, he made it clear that this was a theory and that no one has come forward to give a statement about this.

"But we believe this theory is credible," Ellington testified, noting that investigators have actually traversed the tunnels Coke is believed to have used.

The former police chief said given the fierce fire fight between thugs sympathetic to Coke and members of the security forces it would have been easy for anyone, including Coke, to escape the west Kingston community.