Man denies harbouring fugitive
A Devonshire man has pleaded not guilty to harbouring fugitive Howard Ascento.
Ryan Spencer appeared at Magistrates' Court this morning, when Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo set a summary trial date of October 28.
Mr Spencer was bailed in the amount of $5,000 with one surety.
Police arrested two people yesterday afternoon in connection with the disappearance of Ascento, who escaped custody on September 6 after being given a jail sentence at Magistrates' Court for traffic offences.
A police spokesman said: “At 2.45pm on Monday, September 23, the joint team of officers from the Department of Corrections and Bermuda Police Service were on patrol looking for fugitive Howard Ascento in the area of Upland Lane in Devonshire.
“As police approached a residence, the suspect made good his escape in the surrounding area. As a result, a 26-year-old male and a 28-year-old female were arrested for harbouring a fugitive and a court appearance is expected in the near future.
“It is clear that members of the public have been aiding and abetting Mr Ascento and anyone found doing so will be arrested and put before the courts.”
Police are asking the public to report any sightings of Ascento on 295-0011.