Inmate breaks leg in alleged failed escape attempt

A 45-year-old male trial awaiting prisoner was on Sunday night taken to different hospitals after he broke his leg in alleged failed attempt to escape from the Osire Police Holding Cells.

Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Inspector Maureen Mbeha in an interview with Nampa on Tuesday said the inmate has been in police custody since June this year on a stock theft charge.

Mbeha explained that the inmate on Sunday night at about 20h00 had allegedly asked a female police officer at the Osire Police Station to assist him to remove his blanket that was hanging on the wire outside the holding cells.

Mbeha said the inmate was allowed, but he instead allegedly jumped over a nearly two-metre high wire fence.

It is alleged that he then fell to the ground outside the wire and never got up, Mbeha said.

A team of police officers reached over to him while he was still lying on the ground where it was discovered that he broke his left leg three times, added Mbeha.

The inmate was then taken to the Osire clinic where he was transported to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital, and later transferred to the Katutura Intermediate Hospital in the early hours on Monday morning.

The police has now added to his stock theft case another charge of attempting to escape from a lawful police custody.

Police investigations continue.

Source: Namibia Press Agency