One Dead in Botched Prison Break

One convict was on Monday morning, November 23 shot dead by police officers in a rare attempt to escape from Bungoma GK Prison.

Confirming the incident, Bungoma South divisional police commander (OCPD) Wilson Nanga said that the deceased together with another convict tried to escape in different directions immediately after breakfast.

Nanga told the media that Caleb Masinde, a 25-year-old remandee facing rape charges, was in the process of scaling the perimeter wall when he was spotted by the officers.

However, the deceased, Douglas Khaoya, managed to jump over the fence but police caught uo with him at a nearby where he was shot dead after refusing to surrender.

“Masinde was re-arrested by a prison warder on patrol while trying to jump over the wall,” Nanga said.

“After jumping over the fence, Khaoya was spotted by a sentry officer who challenged him to stop but he declined, forcing the officer to shoot him,” he said.

Bungoma GK Prison, from where two remandees tried to escape. Photo/Courtesy

The deceased body was taken to Bungoma County Referral Hospital mortuary.

This comes two months after 107 inmates in the facility tested positive for Covid-19.

Few months ago, 10 convicts, who had previously been charged with robbery with violence, burglary, assault, theft, defilement, and impersonation, escaped from Bungoma Police Station.

The prisoners dug out a hole in one of the cells using an angle line metal bar reinforcing the cell door walls and escaped without the police officers noticing.

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