A Mabaruma carpenter was yesterday sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty to escaping from police custody.
The charge stated that Edgar Daniels, while being in custody, escaped from the Mabaruma Police Station compound on February 24th, 2018.
Daniels pleaded guilty to the charge and told the court that from the day he was arrested he was given nothing to eat. He said he escaped because he was hungry.
According to the police, Daniels was in custody at the Mabaruma Police Station when he asked an officer to use the washroom. The officer took him to the washroom, where Daniels spent five minutes before running out into some bamboo trees. However, the officer gave chase and caught him.
After Daniels’ guilty plea, Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs, who presided over the arraignment, subsequently sentenced him to one year in jail.
A second charge alleged that on February 22nd, at Mabaruma, Daniels broke and entered the dwelling house of Dhanraj Ram and stole a laptop and other items, valued at $317,000 in total.
Daniels pleaded not guilty to the charge and the matter was adjourned until March 21st, when it will be heard at the Mabaruma Magistrate’s Court.