A police constable has been arrested after seven hardcore criminals managed to escape from Thika police station.
The seven – Livingstone Njau, Francis Mathery, Allan Mugai, Charles Mitaru, John Murege, Eric Ngigi, Arthur Kayemba and Bunton Mbugua all escaped in the 10pm incident.
However, according to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), one prisoner Joseph Nyaguthii was rearrested by traffic standby personnel, approximately 500 metres from the station, as the rest escaped.
Constable Amos Muteti, who was manning the sentry when the suspects escaped from the lawful custody, has revealed to the detectives that he was called by one of the inmates to take them out to answer a call of nature.
“In an ingenious plot hatched by the capital offenders, one of the inmates feigned sickness claiming to have a bout of diarrhoea, as a result of a bowel infection and according to the cell sentry who was on duty, the rest of the inmates pleaded with him to accompany their accomplice to the lavatory before he soiled the entire cell,” Muteti said.
Muteti further revealed that when he opened the door, he was attacked by the hardcore criminals who pounced on him with kicks and blows.
The criminals would effectively take away the keys to the main door cells, opened the door and escaped through the roof jumping into the outer side police compound.
“The capital offenders, all with pending robbery with violence cases, were being held at the station from the Industrial Area GK Prison, pending a court appearance,” DCI said.
Detectives have since launched investigations into the matter and have asked members of the public to share any information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects.