Nearly six months after convicted murderer Ormand Leon escaped from a police transport van, the internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident has been completed, The Nassau Guardian can confirm.
Acting Deputy Commissioner Anthony Ferguson, who headed the investigation, said his report will be turned over to Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade this week.
When probed for specifics of the report, including whether the officers followed protocol, Ferguson said he was unable to divulge those details.
“I can’t talk about the circumstances around the case,” Ferguson said.
“But we have completed the investigation into the matter, and I intend to present the report to the commissioner this week.”
Leon was handcuffed and shackled before he was placed on the bus for transport to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, but left his restraints behind when he jumped through the van’s window and ran toward York Street, according to reports.
There were three officers who were in the van.
Police captured Leon after he had been at large for 15 days.
He was convicted of the July 2011 murder of Francisco Hanna at Wilson Track.
Shortly after his capture, Greenslade told the media, “He (Leon) is saying a lot of things to us.
“We will have to assess what he says to us and we will determine very, very soon whether there is any validity to it, and if we have any information which would lead us to believe something contrary took place.”
The police force came under the spotlight following the escape, which left many Bahamians stunned.
Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller told The Guardian that Greenslade owed the Bahamian people a full explanation on how a convicted murderer was able to escape police custody, and he questioned why the officer or officers responsible for guarding that prisoner had not been held accountable.
Miller also suggested the incident shook his and the public’s faith in the RBPF.
Ferguson was asked about this perception of the police force in light of several recent escapes.
“My interactions with members of the public are sufficient for me to draw the conclusion that the vast majority of the Bahamian [people] have confidence in their police force,” Ferguson said.
“We cannot be sidetracked by a few because we are here to serve everybody.
“We are not deterred by a few.”
Last month, Ramon Selva, who officers accused of possession of a firearm and ammunition, escaped from the Wulff Road Police Station.
He allegedly climbed through a crawl space in the ceiling in the station’s cell block, exiting through a window at the back of the station.
He surrendered to police shortly after the alleged escape.
According to Ferguson, the investigation into Selva’s escape has also been completed and will be turned over to the commissioner.
In February, Jason Rolle allegedly jumped from a 30-seat Coaster bus as the vehicle headed east along Wulff Road, near Whim’s Auto Parts.
Police captured Rolle at Farrington Road.
He had been sentenced to a six-month prison term after failing to pay a $1,200 fine on a drug possession charge.