‘Vampire Killer” says officer gave him the key to his foot cuffs

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(Antigua News Room)

Multiple murder accused Delano Forbes accused a police officer of setting him free on the day police said he escaped two years ago.

Forbes is on trial in the Magistrates Court on a charge of Escaping Lawful Custody for the February 12, 2018 incident.

The prisoner, who was charged with three alleged murders at the time, had reportedly agreed to show investigators where he had hidden bloodied clothing.

The Court heard Forbes, who was reportedly restrained with foot cuffs, was in the immediate custody of Corporal Greg Grell as he led five officers through bushy terrain in Swetes Village.

On Wednesday, the prisoner testified Corporal Grell told him the police were setting him free because a senior police official said there was no evidence on the murder charges.

Corporal Grell, who also testified at the trial, denied the allegations.

Grell said Forbes jumped over a cliff and disappeared into a gully.

The officer said he did not jump after the prisoner since the cliff was too high.

A manhunt was later launched 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 is being represented by attorney Sherfield Bowen, who intends to question the senior cop at the resumption of the trial next week.