“Dangerous Hardcore Criminals on the Loose” DCI Warns
Eight criminals facing robbery with violence charges, which is a capital offence in Kenya, reportedly escaped from Thika police station at 10pmon Wednesday
According to the Director of Criminals Investigations (DCI), the suspects escaped after lying to the officer on sentry duties that their colleague was sick and needed help at the lavatories only to attack the officer as soon as he opened the door before forcibly taking away keys to the main door leading to the cells.
“In an ingenious plot hatched by the capital offenders, one of the remandees feigned sickness claiming to have a bout of diarrhoea, as a result of a bowel infection. According to the cell sentry who was on duty, the rest of the remandees pleaded with him to accompany their accomplice to the lavatory, before he soiled the entire cell.” The DCI reported.
According to the DCI, the thugs were being held over pending robbery with violence at the station from the Industrial Area Remand Prison, all pending court appearances.
“How 8 of the 9 capital offenders walked to freedom in a highly guarded facility, is what detectives based in Thika are currently trying to establish, not ruling out the possibility of an inside job”.
The ninth prisoner, Joseph Nyaguthii, was however rearrested by traffic standby personnel, approximately 500 metres from the station, as the rest escaped under the cover of darkness.
The eight have been identified as Livingstone Njau, Francis Matheri, Allan Mugai, Charles Mitaru, John Murege, Eric Ngigi, Arthur Kayemba and Bunton Mbugua.
The capital offenders all with pending robbery with violence were being held at the station from the Industrial Area GK Prison, pending a court appearance.
According to the DCI, the cell sentry who was on duty when the thugs fled has been put in custody at the same police station and is assisting detectives with investigations.
Robbery with violence is a capital offence in Kenya that attracts a life sentence.
The escape at Thika police station brings to memory the popular Hollywood serial drama television series; Prison Break created by Paul Scheuring for Fox. The series revolves around two brothers, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) and Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller); Burrows has been sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit, and Scofield devises an elaborate plan to help his brother escape prison and clear his name.
The series has been a hit in Kenya, especially among men.