Turks police: Escapee not cop killer

A man who escaped from Royal Cayman Islands Police custody last weekend was apparently cleared of allegations that he killed a cop in 2005.

Dainian Cecil Henry

Dainian Cecil Henry

Dainian Cecil Henry, 28, of Jamaica was questioned in connection with the death of Turks and Caicos Police Constable Prince Smith. Constable Smith was robbed and murdered on 20 January, 2005.

Turks Assistant Police Superintendent Ira Baptist confirmed Wednesday that Henry was no longer considered a suspect in Constable Smith’s killing.

‘He came in and was questioned and released,’ Superintendent Baptist said.

Mr. Baptist said Henry has an ex-wife in Turks and Caicos and said he would notify immigration officers to keep a close eye in case Henry returned.

Henry escaped from the George Town Police Station on Sunday just after 5pm. Police said he made his escape by shoving a woman who was holding a baby and ran off down Elgin Avenue. He had not been apprehended at press time.

Henry is no stranger to the Cayman Islands court system, having been brought in previously on charges of being concerned in the importation of cocaine, threatening violence, resisting arrest and giving a false name.

Henry has been in custody for matters related to firearms, according to police, and officers have asked the public not to approach him but to report any sightings of him immediately.