Former prison officer shot during 2002 jailbreak laid to rest

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Minister of Home Affairs Robeson Benn, Director of Prisons (ag) Nicklon Elliot, and members of the Ex-Prison Association joined the family and friends of former prison officer Roxanne Winfield to give their final farewells on Sunday last.

Winfield was laid to rest at the Paradise Cemetery, East Coast Demerara (ECD). The 58-year-old woman died on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at the Infectious Disease Hospital at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown from severe lung and kidney complications.

She had served 10 years in the Guyana Prison Service before she was shot in her right eye when five notorious high-profile criminals made a bloody escape from Camp Street Jail on February 23, 2002.

At the time of the incident, Winfield was performing gate duty at the Camp Street Prison. Thereafter, Winfield was declared medically unfit to function as a prison officer and was being cared for at home.

The Guyana Prison Service then built a flat concrete two-bedroom home, which allow her to move around, despite her disability. The Prison Service also provided a monthly supply of personal care products to her.

“Ms. Winfield wore the Guyana Prison Service uniform proudly, with honor. She did her job and she did exactly what we would expect from a prison officer. Winfield who was on gate duty at the time attempted to lock the gates as the escapees approached her, but unfortunately, she was shot”, Elliot said.

Meanwhile, Minister Benn indicted that the dedicated services provided by Winfield will be remembered by the official renaming of the rehabilitation training centre at the Lusignan Prison.

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