Several photos gathered from the Facebook pages of inmates of the Camp Street Prison have been submitted to the Commission of Inquiry, investigating the deadly March 3 unrest.
Selwyn Pieters, Attorney – at – Law representing the Police and Prison Service at the Commission of Inquiry confirmed that the photographs, which were removed from the Facebook pages of the inmates were submitted.
The pictures show inmates posing with large quantity of what appears to be parceled marijuana for sale. Inmates were also seen posing with cell phones in the Capital A Division where the fiery unrest occurred.
On the Facebook page of inmate Collis Collison, several prisoners who perished in the fire, including the popular “Rayon Paddy” could be seen in the photos.
Inmate Owen Belfield appeared before the commission today and was cross examined on the evidence in which he was also photographed.
He admitted that he witnessed inmates in the prison with cell phones and marijuana but claimed he he hadn’t a personal phone and neither did he smoke marijuana. Belfield also admitted to posing for the photos and claimed that he was unaware that the pictures were posted to Facebook.
Only today, another inmate, Carl Brown posted photos of himself and his lunch on Facebook. One Prison official, when shown the photo, confirmed that Brown was an inmate and the picture was taken within the old Capital Division.
Brown also had photos of Journalists and Lawyers during the recent site visit to the Capital A Division.
Brown wrote on his Facebook page, “Today pan top midday lunch now Being serve curry potato and fry fish ,banga marry.Carl Browne hold the pan top with 2 thin slices of Potato, as set of wheels rice and a little piece of banga Mary fish tail. Lol total disrespect to humanity. Inmates need proper meals and a proper diet.”
This comes after the seizure of cell phones, marijuana and cigarettes lighters the day before the deadly incident on March 3. Some inmates have told the Commission that they never saw any of these items.