15 Jan 2018 15:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 15 JAN (NAMPA) - Five trial awaiting prisoners who escaped from lawful custody on Friday night at Maroelaboom Police Station in the Grootfontein district, have all been rearrested.
Regional Crime Investigations Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Naukalemo Andreas, on Monday told Nampa the five dangerous male escapees, aged between 18 and 30 years, have pending cases of murder, attempted murder and stock theft in the region.
Andreas, who headed the operation to recapture the escapees, said the suspects, all from the Tsumkwe Constituency, were held in one police holding cell at the Maroelaboom Police Station.
Preliminary police investigations indicate the escapees used an object to force open the door of their holding cell on Friday at about 23h00, and then disappeared on foot.
We detected their departure on Saturday morning and immediately started tracking their footprints, she said, adding that 30 armed police officers were involved in this intensive search.
On the same day between 12h00 and 16h00, two of the five escapees were re-arrested on different farm units in the district.
We then used our police vehicles to monitor their movements, while some colleagues tracked and chased after them until we encircled the bushes where they had entered, she said.
On Sunday at midday the three remaining escapees were also re-arrested about 60 kilometres east of the Maroelaboom Police Station.
Andreas thanked the farmers who participated and assisted the police in this operation.
Five cases of escaping from lawful custody have been added to their previous criminal charges.
A male inmate who remained in the holding cell the five had escaped from, has also been charged for rendering assistance to the escapees.
Police investigations continue.