by Scott Waide – EM TV Lae
Lae Metropolitan Superintendant Iven Lakatani has issued a warning to family and friends harboring more the 60 prison escapees to turn them in immediately, or alternatively face criminal charges.
So far, only nine out of the 68 prisoners who escaped have been recaptured.
Those still at large include a former Bumayong student who was involved in the murder of another in a school fight last year, as well as those imprisoned for the Black Cat Trail murders in 2013. Lae Police are continuing a joint operation with CS officers to recapture more than 50 prison escapees, but there has been limited success.
Police believe many may have already left for rural districts where police presence is limited and monitoring is difficult. They have released images and information pertaining to most of the escapees, but all are still on the run. Thankfully, their job has been made easier thanks to prison management software which provides photographs, and all relevant data.
The majority of those who escaped are waiting for court hearings, twelve of whom are serving time for murder and rape.
As mentioned above, one of the escapees is Henomah Bulac, a former Bumayong student imprisoned for murdering another student last year during a school fight. Another, Adam Ngandang, was being held in remand for one of nine armed robberies that happened in Lae last month.
Police has reorganized their operations in an effort to prevent future breakouts.
So far, six members of the gang that targeted shops selling electronic gadgets earlier this year have been arrested thus far.