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Five remand inmates on the run



’Mantoetse Maama

FIVE of the 15 remand inmates who escaped from the Berea Correctional institution on Tuesday night are still at large, the Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) has revealed.

The inmates were able to escape due to the ongoing Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) go-slow, which started on 12 December 2014 in an effort to force government to review their salary and rank structures.

According to LCS Acting Deputy Commissioner, Mosheoane Tšolo, 15 remand inmates escaped from lawful custody, although 10 have since been recaptured.

The inmates on the run are facing house breaking, sexual offences and murder charges.

“Fifteen remand inmates escaped from the lawful custody on Tuesday night at around 12am and 10 of them have since been recaptured,” Deputy Commissioner Tšolo said.

“It is estimated that they broke out at that time because the guards who were on duty realised their absence at around 12:30am during their routine security check and immediately alerted the authorities with the search launched thereafter.

“Two of them were caught at 4am near the Palace Hotel while eight others were found later,” he said.

Asked if the escape was as a result of the go-slow, Deputy Commissioner Tšolo said the inmates bolted while the guards were still on duty.

“While the escape is being investigated, we cannot say it’s due to the go-slow,” he said. “When the courts decide to remand a suspect in custody they would have deduced that they are dangerous, and fleeing from lawful custody proves that they are even more dangerous.

“Apart from the charges they were facing, they will also be charged for escaping from lawful custody as it is illegal.”

Deputy Commissioner Tšolo said the escapees were wearing their personal clothes since they had not yet been sentenced and implored the general public to assist them with any information that would lead to their recapture.


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