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Radio Host Foils Escapee Attempt To Steal Taxi

A radio host kicked an inmate in the jaw and stopped him and two others escaping in a taxi outside Suva court house yesterday. Fiji Broadcasting Corporation Breakfast Show Radio host,
11 Nov 2016 11:00
Radio Host Foils Escapee Attempt To Steal Taxi
Pio Ratuwaqa

A radio host kicked an inmate in the jaw and stopped him and two others escaping in a taxi outside Suva court house yesterday.

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation Breakfast Show Radio host, Pio Ratuwaqa, said he saw the three men jump into the taxi while the driver was unloading stuff at the back.

The men, in remand at Korovou Corrections Centre, were in the holding cell at the Suva Court house waiting for their case to be called.

They went out of the cell to have a drink of water. They were not handcuffed.

They ran for the car. One of the men jumped on the driver’s seat, while the two sat at the back. The key was still in the ignition.

Mr Ratuwaqa said he kicked the jaw of the inmate sitting on the driver’s seat and then had kicked his left hand to stop him from touching the gear.

Mr Ratuwaqa said: “I knew they were going to take off with the taxi and after I had kicked him the Police had rushed and opened the door and took the inmates out.

“None of them was handcuffed and I think this would not have happened if they were handcuffed.”

The taxi driver Ravindra Dutt felt threatened as this was the first time an incident like this had happened to him.

Mr Dutt said: “The lady had asked me to help her offload the things so I went to help her.

“Three inmates entered my taxi, the two that were at the back damaged the lady’s belongings and the one sitting at the driver’s seat had already started my taxi.

“I ran to the driver’s seat and quickly tried to off the ignition and we struggled for a while till the Police came to help.”

Mr Dutt said that the Police were negligent because they did not escort the inmates and neither were they handcuffed.

“It was all unexpected,” Mr Dutt said.

Police Spokesperson Ana Naisoro said that the Police were still looking into the matter.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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