Mangalore: Undertrial Shijo Joseph (16) Escapes from Remand Home
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (MB)
Mangalore, May 3: In a daring act, Shijo Joseph, a sixteen-year-old undertrial facing theft charges and lodged in the remand home at Kavoor here, has escaped from custody in the early hours of Wednesday, May 2.
He had been arrested about a fortnight ago on charges of stealing valuables from a temple in the Pandeshwar police colony.
Shijo Joseph - potential 'escape specialist'?
In the past, Shijo had been caught in connection with a theft case in Kannur, Kerala and had later escaped from the remand home there also. It is a legal requirement for minor offenders to be lodged in remand homes. By escaping the second time, while being a 'minor' he has shown signs of becoming a 'major' offender.
Around 4-20 am on Wednesday, Shijo was being escorted by the watchman to the toilet. In a matter of seconds, he managed to escape by giving the slip to the watchman.
Our correspondent noticed that the enclosure wall of the remand home is not high enough to prevent such escapes and this incident is likely to give ideas to the rest of the inmates. Matters are made worse by there being a single watchman.
Kavoor police are following up the case.