Prisoner who fled while on work duty recaptured

Deryck Oudkerk

Derrick Oudkerk, the inmate who escaped more than one month ago while working at a prison officer’s  Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara home was on Monday afternoon recaptured by the police.

Police spokesman Jairam Ramlakhan yesterday confirmed with Stabroek News that Oudkerk was recaptured around 4 pm on Monday at Water Dog backdam.

This newspaper learnt that a party of police ranks, acting on intelligence received, ventured to a camp at Water Dog Backdam owned by a 51-year-old dredge owner where they arrested Oudkerk.

Oudkerk, who was serving an 18-month sentence for larceny, escaped from custody on April 8 while he and other inmates were working at the prison officer’s home.

Director of Prisons (ag) Gladwin Samuels had related to the media that Oudkerk, a 23-year-old Upper Watooka, Linden resident and two other prisoners were cutting bushes at the prison officer Ann’s Grove home, when he escaped.

He was discovered missing around 4.30pm.

He was serving his time at the Lusignan Prison.

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