Inmate breaks leg in alleged failed escape attempt

20 Aug 2019 14:50pm
OTJIWARONGO, 20 AUG (NAMPA) - A 45-year-old man, detained and awaiting trial was taken to hospital on Sunday night after he allegedly broke his leg in a failed attempt to escape from the Osire Police Holding Cells.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Inspector Maureen Mbeha in an interview with Nampa on Tuesday said the inmate has been in police custody since June, on a stock-theft charge.
Mbeha explained that the inmate on Sunday night, at about 20h00, allegedly asked a female police officer at the Osire Police Station to assist him to remove his blanket that was hanging on the wire outside the holding cells.
Mbeha said the inmate was allowed, but he instead allegedly jumped over a nearly two-metre high wire fence.
“It is alleged that he then fell to the ground outside the wire and never got up,” Mbeha said.
A team of police officers reached over to him while he was still lying on the ground, where it was discovered that he broke his left leg three times, added Mbeha.
The inmate was then taken to the Osire clinic, from which he was transferred to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital and then later to the Katutura Intermediate Hospital in the early hours of Monday.
An additional charge of attempt to escape from lawful custody has now been added to his initial stock theft charge.
Police investigations in the matter continue.