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Escapees Quizzed, Two In Hospital

Five prison escapees have been questioned while two are still recovering at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital. This was confirmed by Police Chief of Intelligence and Investi­gations Assistant Commissioner of
29 Dec 2018 11:05
Escapees Quizzed, Two In Hospital

Five prison escapees have been questioned while two are still recovering at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

This was confirmed by Police Chief of Intelligence and Investi­gations Assistant Commissioner of Police Vakacegu Toduadua yesterday.

He said the five escapees were interviewed after the prelimi­nary investigations were com­pleted.

“We have interviewed five escap­ees while we wait for the other two to recover. They are still ad­mitted at the CWM Hospital.

“Once the interview process for all seven inmates are completed then we will formally charge them,” ACP Toduadua said.

The seven escapees who were recaptured within 24 hours of their escape are Ulaiasi Qalomai, Filipe Delana, Mesulame Waqa­baca, Josaia Usumaki, Peniasi Qalibau, Bainivalu Tuimatavesi and Solomoni Qurai.

Qalomai and Delana were re­captured by Corrections officers in bushes at Wainadoi on Mon­day. The two inmates were serv­ing prison sentences for aggra­vated robbery. Delana is serving 10 years for aggravated robbery while Qalomai was sentenced to eight years and nine months in 2014 with a non-parole term of seven years, also for aggravated robbery.

Usumaki was also recaptured at Wainadoi by Corrections offic­ers. Usumaki, who was jailed for aggravated robbery, had escaped from prison previously. His last escape was on September 17, 2012.

Waqabaca was captured by the Corrections officers near Vuni­soco Bible College, also hiding in bushes. He was serving 14 years in prison for murder.

Qurai, who was serving a life sentence for murder, previously escaped from prison in Septem­ber 17, 2012. He and Usumaki were serving jail terms also relat­ed to the daring daylight robbery at the Bank South Pacific a few days after their escape in 2012;

Tuimatavesi was jailed for 10 years for aggravated robbery in 2016. He was serving time for es­caping from lawful custody previ­ously.

Qalibau was serving a jail term for aggravated robbery.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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