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Police Corruption Suspected in Prisoner Escape

Police investigators were at the Central Police Station yesterday to question officers about the escape of a prisoner from Bank Lane.

Phillip McCartney, 27, who is charged with the August 2007 murder of Chrishanda Swain, still had handcuffs on when he left the police prisoner transport bus through an emergency door that does not have a lock after 5 p.m. on November 12.

Officers were busy loading prisoners on the bus for their return to Her Majesty’s Prison when the escape took place.

According to an eyewitness, no police officers were on the bus when McCartney escaped. And police did not know he was missing until a civilian alerted them, although surveillance cameras are installed where the bus is parked and there is an increased police presence in the area, the eyewitness said. McCartney remained at large for about 20 minutes until his capture at Charlotte Street.

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