Five police officers who were charged with negligence after four detainees escaped from the Santa Cruz Police Station on February 22, 2014 were acquitted when they appeared before the St. Elizabeth Parish Court on Tuesday.
The five, including an inspector, a sergeant, a constable and two district constables, were freed after a no case submission by their attorney, Thomas Levene, was upheld by the judge.
The five, who were on duty at the police station at the time of the escape, were charged following a ruling by the Director of Public Prosecutions in December 2015. In court on Tuesday one of the escapees, Entley Smith, denied giving a statement to the police following his recapture hours after the jailbreak.
In the no-case submission, Mr. Levene argued that the police were not negligent, based on evidence given by one of the detainees that they had planned for more than a month to escape.
Following the jailbreak, the two district constables were suspended without pay, while no action was taken against the inspector, the sergeant and the constable.
The district constables were reinstated in August 2015 following internal investigations.