Multiple murder accused Delano Forbes was found not guilty of escaping from police officers on February 12, 2018.
The verdict was delivered by Magistrate Ngaio Emanuel-Edwards in the All Saints Magistrates Court today.
Forbes was charged with Escaping Lawful Custody after police officers alleged he jumped over a cliff in Swetes Village and disappeared.
The prisoner, who was charged with three alleged murders at the time, had reportedly agreed to show investigators where he had hidden bloodied clothing.
Forbes, who was restrained with foot cuffs, was in the immediate custody of Corporal Greg Grell as he led five officers through bushy terrain in Swetes.
Forbes testified Corporal Grell told him the police were setting him free because then Commissioner of Police, Wendel Robinson had said there was no evidence on the murder charges.
Corporal Grell and Former Commissioner Robinson both denied the allegations when they testified at the trial.
A manhunt was launched following the incident but Forbes remained on the wanted list for weeks until he was recaptured by police on March 9, 2018.
He was later charged with a fourth murder after police alleged he killed 62-year-old Maurison Thomas while on the run.
Forbes is also accused of killing Wilfred ‘Bongo’ Williams, Shawn Henry and Lisue Samuel in 2017.
He was branded “Vampire Killer” after police alleged he drained and drank the blood of his victims.
The accused was represented by attorney Sherfield Bowen.
Following an internal investigation into the incident in 2019, Senior Sergeant Rohan Gittens of the Serious Crime Unit, was reportedly fined $400.00 on two serious disciplinary charges of ‘Neglect of Duty’.
Disciplinary charges against Corporal Grell were reportedly dismissed.
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