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Thursday, 15 July 2010 00:00

Clarence HemmansA routine check at the prison on the morning of Monday July 12 led prison authorities to the discovery of a handcuff key inside the tennis shoe of a prisoner. The prisoner is 20-year-old Clarence Hemmans, who, just over a month ago, was given a life sentence for a 2007 murder.
In May of this year, the 20-year-old was found guilty of the 2007 murder of Kevin Arnold, 28, and in mitigation he was

sentenced to life imprisonment for the crime. On Monday, while at the Hattieville Prison, Hemmans was found in possession of a handcuff key, and authorities at the prison department strongly believe that he would  have made an escape attempt while he was being transferred from the prison to the court to answer to another matter he has pending.

At around 8:05 a.m., prison authorities made a routine check at the holding area of the prison when they found the handcuff key hidden in the sole of Hemmans’ tennis shoe. Despite the discovery, he was brought to Belize City. However, instead of simply being cuffed at his hands, he was placed in shackles.

Hemmans has an attempted murder trial pending in the Supreme Court.  In May of this year, before Justice Troadio Gonzalez in the Supreme Court, a jury of two men and ten women who had deliberated for less than two hours found him guilty of murder in the shooting death of 28-year-old Kevin Arnold, who was gunned down on Sunday May 27, 2007 whilst walking on Armadillo Street.