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Girlfriend of slain escapee to be tried April 6

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2016 | 2:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:

Trudy-Ann Stephens, the woman said to be the girlfriend of one of six inmates who escaped from the Freeport lock-up in Montego Bay, St James, last November, will stand trial in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on April 6.

Stephens is charged with harbouring a fugitive after she was reportedly seen leaving a premises in the company of escapee Benjamin Stephenson last December. She was given the new return date and had her bail extended when she appeared in court on Wednesday.

When the case was mentioned, the court was told that two outstanding statements had been submitted for the prosecution's case file, and a trial date could be set.

"The matter is set for trial on April 6. Your bail is extended until then, and the officer is to warn the witnesses," Resident Magistrate Sandria Wong-Small told Stephens.

The allegations against Stephens are that on December 11, 2015, a police team was carrying out an operation in search of the six escapees in Spring Mount when they saw Stephenson and Stephens leaving a house together.

Stephenson, who was facing a murder charge at the time of the jailbreak, was subsequently killed in a shoot-out with the police.

'NOTHING MORE TO SAY'

Stephens, while being taken into custody afterwards, reportedly said under caution, "Mi nuh have nothing more to say, everything is in my statement."

Stephenson and the other five detainees - Shaniel Luton, Kelvin Hodges, Randy Murray, Marcus Robinson, and Gregory Roberts -- were discovered missing from their cells at the Freeport Police Station on the morning of November 30, 2015.

Murray and Roberts were later recaptured and Hodges was shot and killed during a confrontation with the police.

Luton and Robinson remain at large.