MASERU — A female detainee was recaptured on Monday just a few minutes after attempting to escape Maseru Central Prison.
The woman was apprehended near Pioneer Mall by female and male Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) officers who pursued her following a tip off.
Wearing green female prisoners’ clothes, the woman was seen climbing into the back of a truck escorted by two female officers.
The LCS public relations officer, ‘Mateboho Ramphieelo, said the woman was identified by one officer who had recognised her walking on the street.
“We got a call from one officer who saw her walking outside the female rehabilitation centre premises. The officer informed the others and the chase began,” Ramphieelo said.
She said the woman, who is aged between 20 and 21 is in the second week of her six-year jail term.
She was sentenced without an option of a fine after she was found guilty of drug abuse.
“She was sentenced to six years after she was found guilty of contravening the Children’s Protection and Welfare Act.
“It was heard that she abused glue and left the children alone at home. A four-year-old child was said to have also used the glue that the woman had left,” Ramphieelo said.
She said internal or external legal action would be taken after senior authorities have made deliberations.