Manhunt on for inmates

| 15/08/2013

(CNS): Steve Manderson (44), who is serving a life sentence for murder, and his son, Marcus Manderson (25), who was recently convicted of possession of an unlicensed firearm and is serving ten years, along with Jamaican national Chadwick Dale (22), who was recently convicted of robbery and is serving a six year sentence, have all escaped from Northward Prison. The prisoners broke out of the kitchen area after cutting through both perimeter fences sometime before 9:20pm, Wednesday, officials have confirmed. This is believed to be the sixth time Steve Manderson has escaped from HMP Northward. During his last break for freedom he was on the run for more than five months. Below L-R: Steven Manderson, Marcus Manderson and Chadwick Dale

Government officials confirmed that the jail break was discovered during the routine check of prisoners in B wing when it was discovered that the three inmates were missing.

“There was an immediate prison lock down and a systematic search was conducted. A breach in the double fences behind Bravo wing was discovered. It has been confirmed that the prisoners escaped by breaking out of the kitchen area of B wing, and then cutting through both perimeter fences,” officials stated in a press release Thursday morning.
Northward Prison will remain in lock down for all prisoners until officials complete their initial investigation into this matter.

Manderson, who is a Caymanian and serving a life sentence after being convicted of killing a prison guard, is 5-feet 9-inches tall, of slim build and of a light brown complexion. He has low-cut dark brown hair.

His son, Marcus Manderson, also Caymanian, is 5-feet 10-inches tall, of slim build with a dark brown complexion and has medium-length hair, with dreadlocks.

Jamaican national Chadwick Dale is 5-feet 7-inches tall, of slim build and of a dark brown complexion with low-cut brown hair.

Police are now hunting for the three men, all of whom are incarcerated for violent offences. They were all wearing prison-issued blue pants and white t-shirts when they broke out of HMP Northward.

Officials noted that it is a criminal offence to assist or harbour escaped inmates and appealed to the public to come forward with information on the whereabouts of these prisoners.

People are asked to call 911 or the nearest police station: George Town Police Station: 949-4222, Bodden Town Police Station: 947-2240 and West Bay Police Station: 949-3999.

Check back to CNS for updates.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Steve has a point to prove! Cant say I blame him. And I bet a main point he has to prove is showing the Prison boss who the real Alpha male is! Its not the prisoner's job to stay in prison its the Prison Warden's, Prison Officers, Prison procedures job to KEEP them in prison for the duration of thier scentence. I bet Steve has had many opportunities to leave our shores during anyone of his escapes and yet he hasn't which goes back to my statement, this man has a point to prove. Steve isnt the incompetent one here he's just keeping the prison boss and law enforcement on thier toes, if they were paying attention old Steve-o wouldnt be on the run yet again…. I agree with Thu, 08/15/2013 – 14:27, RUN STEVE RUN make these people earn thier pay cheques! 

  2. Anonymous says:

    CNS, just asking, but could you by any chance give posters a spell/grammar check button? As a retired teacher I often feel I'm back at work whilst reading the postings, and it's getting a bit bothersome for me. Any chance (at least for the option of a spell check)? Thanks!

    • Weapons Grade Bollocks says:

      Evidently you failed in your chosen career. As miserably as HMP's guards in theirs.

      Does any arm of the public service function? At all?


      • Anonymous says:

        "Does any arm of the public service function? At all?"

        Erm……………let me think………………No.

    • Anonymous says:

      U where grate wen u taut me.

    • Anonymous says:

      Tanks tu u teechar fa mackin me da bewy smeart women I is tuday.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Once taught a boy by the name of Chadwick. Didn't appear to exhibit any criminal tendencies,and he was definitely born here in Cayman, so I guess that takes him off the hook. The gentleman pictured appears to me to be very much "cocking a snook " at the camera, and therefore might well be regarded as an individual with a tendency to attempt at every opportunity to disregard the rules of civil society.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think you may have missed the point of the article. You may have taught a Chadwick born here with no criminal tendencies, whilst I find this information extremely interesting it is totally irrelevant. We know who Chadwick is. He is Chadwick Dale, born in Jamaica and we even have a photo of him. You're right, he does seem to be having a smirk at the camera and he may be regarded as an individual with a tendency to attempt to disregard the rules of civil society THAT IS WHY HE IS / WAS IN JAIL SHERLOCK! And you were a teacher on this island. SAY NO MORE!

      • Anonymous says:

        Chadwick does not have a smirk. If you look closely especially when he was shown on television being carried to court he is a birth defect. The tight side of his teeth is or jaw is a bit bigger than the left. He is not smirking he was actually born that way.

  4. Cat says:

    Great Job Prison Boss!! ….Just started the job and already screwed up with a prison escape under your belt. How did you manage to let that happen already,huh? Were you too busy flexing your muscles at the inmates trying to establish your alpha male persona, to see 3 of them slipping under the fence into the night? I mean, didn't you notice any red flags? Like father son duo and shadow spending unusual amounts of time together? Their attention always being placed on a specific area of the prison? Always hanging out outside together and having a quiet conversation amongst themselves, while staring at the same fence they escaped through? And why on earth would you allow Father and son to be housed in the  much less, and we are the ethical law abiding citizens . But you let two related convicts stay in the same wing, even worse father and son? Whether are not this is how its been for them, you should have picked up on that and had them seperated. You're supposed to be good at this,which is why I assume they brought you here. Not sure this is what they had in mind though.

    We need to have a prison like those in Russia, where they have a cell within a cell,  in the prison within a prison. Get it? It's that fortified. The prisoners are transported through out the prison blindfolded sothey will never get familiar with the prison lay out to plan an escape, they are served simple meals of porridge for breakfast, soup,bread and water daily for lunch and dinner and they are only allowed to read books and write in a note books through out the day. They are not allowed to sleep during the day. Their  beds must be made and undisturbed until bed time. They only get out of their cells for breakfast, family visits once every few months,showers and an hour monitored exercise. There is no TV,play station ,cell phones, special dinners or lunches,conjugal visits,leaving the prison for footbal games. Just real simple but strict prison time with no outside luxuries or perks that our inmates are foolishly allowed to enjoy. That is a real prison.

    A matter of fact…we should demand a Russian prison boss. I bet when they are done with that prison and those prisoners,they'll never want to commit another crime and end back up in northward prison ever again. The Russians really know how to run prisons and keep a tight ship, with out violating basic human rights at the same time. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Russia. Yes, a country world renowned for being crime free. NOT. Russia has criminal networks that operate across Europe and the USA There is the biggest black market on the globe in Russia and you want to emulate them. Genius. Although I am forgetting that Russian many Russian criminals are ex KGB and the like, so they have an iota of intelligence. I am not sure we could say the same in Cayman. Also, let's all blame the prison governor too, because he is obviously the only prison employee at HMP now, with eyes and ears on every wing and in every cell of course! And the father and son associating too much. Yes that would've aroused many suspicions. How strange that would have looked. The point is what were they doing on the same wing in the first place. Whilst I am enjoying me little rant I would like to add, some posters are saying we should send our prisoners to Cuba. Really. And what makes anyone think that Cuba (or anyone else) would want to do that. They are Cubans, not idiots.

      • Cat says:

        I know Russia is not crime free and has alot of criminal networks and the like. But the entire point of this, if you were really paying attention is that they also have some of the strictest prisons if not the strictest prisons in the world for the very same reasons.The type of criminals they tend to have. Prisoners are given the basics, and kept in line at all times and prevented from havingoppurtnities of escape by the way the prisons are run, and the way they are transported through out the prison.Prison staff always maintain control over them no matter what and not the other way around like we see here.They are not given the perks and freedoms our prisoners are given and quite frankly do not deserve to have. It comes across like these numbskulls are just in a summer camp instead of a prison. I mean come on I don't even have X-box and playstation.

        And in regards to the Prison boss, he is not the only HMP employee. Correct. But he is the one in charge and ultimately the one responsible for everything that happens there. That's why they brought him here to pay him the big bucks to run the prison. No excuses allowed. On a positive note, this should be a learning experience for him to correct these problems and show us what he's made of. And another lesson for him. There is more than one Alpha male in there besides him. I wish him the best of luck.

        Lastly I too don't agree with sending prisoners to Cuba. I would simply send the other prisoners back to their countries of origin without pardon to ever return.


        • Anonymous says:

          Big bucks for the prison governor. ???? Hardly. Whilst I would acknowledge that expat public servants are paid a reasonable wage here, you seem to think that in their country of origin they are paid third world salaries. For the most part this isn't the case. And with the cost of living here it isn't exactly lucrative. Most expat public servants come here for a break from the norm and because they generally have something to offer. For the most part I think they earn their money and do a good job. It may surprise many people but expat civil servants don't come here for the money (because money isn't the incentive for 99.9% of foreign civil servants – no one joins the police / prison service to beome rich), it is for the desire to experience something new and with that attitude comes the desire to learn and to teach something new. This includes accepting that the Cayman Islands does some things well and some things badly. If the bad can be made good and the good can be shared, then everyone wins. Maybe Russian style prisons are the way forward, who knows, but in the meantime I for one would prefer we give the new governor a few months grace to sort out years of mismanagement. I don't beleve he (or any of his expat police / prison / government) colleagues are here just for the money and I think it is high time that we as a nation should stand shoulder to shoulder with our law enforcement agencies and try to see the good in people. Let's find these people and get them back behind bars. Pointing fingers can wait until the dusthas settled.

    • Anonymous says:

      OK Russian, bring your family to handle it. Everybody else is here so why not some more Russians.

      • Anonymous says:

        Believe me people, you really want as few Russians here as possible…I lived in eastern europe for many a year..anytime anything Russian came up it was fraught with danger..

    • Anonymous says:

      Ok clever guy, who's gonna pay for this?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Marcus's hair style is an important factor here, I would have thought. His old man's is clean and "respectable", whereas his is a bit on the wild side. Any criminologists amongst CNS's readership care to comment, I mean to raise the intellectual level a tad? Just asking.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Like father like son? What a dreadful example of fatherhood. Shame on you, Steve Manderson. (Sorry, CNS, as a father myself, just appalled, just totally appalled.)

  7. The lone haranguer says:

    Weed run out, man got to go!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Run Steve Run!!! 

  9. Anonymous says:

    really  not kidding  the world record is currently 4 escapes acording to gueness !

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah but is now his 4 th escape… Does that make the charts?

    • Anonymous says:

      Please cancel that last post… About it being the 4th time… Miscounted 

    • Anonymous says:

      I think his record charting may be from the number of escapes… Not escapees!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Wow ..Steve just broke the world record for escapes  🙂

    i hear they have a new Reality Series on E and an act in Vegas now  "Steve and son" escape artists.

    Houdini has NOTHING on this guy !!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Oh no, can we have some more police please? Isn't 450 enough?

    • anonymous says:

      More police are not needed. We just need police that are literate, able to investigate and are able to think by themselves. 

  12. Anonymous says:

    Every household in the Cayman Islands should have a picture of Steve Manderson taped to the fridge. That way we don't have to wait the 12-24 hours for the RCIPS to release his picture everytime he escapes.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Go to this website and scroll down to "similar places" LOL




  14. Anonymous says:

    Steve "Houdini" Manderson has escaped yet again!

  15. Don Coyote says:

    How about we let Steve out and  put the past director and his cohorts in. Ten years of slackness cannot be simply be undone in 2 months. The golden handshake and outrageous pensions given to these  secret handshake members and their retired  bosses at the very top is crippling this place and is the sole reason the high level of corruption continues to plague this little place and our  government.Stop putting them on boards and commisions too!

  16. Knot S Smart says:

    A few days ago when I read about the ganga being found I said to someone:

    " What is the incentive for the prisoners to stay in prison if they are going to take their weed"?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Six times escape from prison…..disgraceful

  18. Anonymous says:

    Simple solution, rather than the chain link fence that can easily be cut.

    Put up a brick wall reinforced with steel and concrete.

    1. It will be effective and shouldn’t cost a huge amount.
    2. They won’t be able to cut through or scale that.
    3. Persons who throw weed, liquor, contraband, etc over the fence will be scared to do so because they won’t be able to see when the coast is clear.


    • SSM345 says:

      4. The prisoners can build it themselves?

    • caymanprisonismycrib says:

      make them lay down the bricks instead of paying some labourers.  just make sure that somebody with common sense and conscience check the inmates' work afterwards.  these inmates needs to do hard labor to at least pay for board and lodging.

    • Anonymous says:

      Na mon…throwin' betta quality ganja over the fence will keep 'em in…

    • My heart is pure and my hands are clean says:

      A wall ain't much use if you leave the gate open. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Why not get the inmates to build it themselves, build inside, along the chain link fence, then that can be removed.

  19. Anonymous says:

    What a joke… an absolute embarassment to the Cayman Islands. Third world countries can keep their prisoners behind bars, let alone have them escape 6 times. I think it is time to do away with hotel northward and send our prisoners to a real prison overseas. It would likely be a lot cheaper as well.

    • Anonymous says:

      10.58  not strictly true…Iraq and Pakistan had a few issues lately…

    • Anonymous says:

      Totally agree, cut a deal with Cuba and "house" them there. Way cheaper.

      • Cayman Concern says:

        Better yet, the Brac.  Seriously, there is a thriving UK prison system on the idyllic Isle of Wight.  Tourism thrives while a the prison industry underpins the economy.

        It is time for Cayman to propose our own regional prison "rock".  It would pay for itself with overseas prisoners and certainly be a deterrant for our youth and WBay gangsters if they knew if was a long swim back to GCM to see their gangster baby mommas.

        Prison needs to be an awful place where our youth is afraid to go.  Not another notch on the belt for wanna be thugs.


    • Anonymous says:

      Stevie better learn to control the urge of his beef cake and stay put!

  20. Big Whopper says:

    please just give Steven a key to the gate so he can go and comes as he feels and save us all the drama…

    • Anonymous says:

      Oooh god i hope it's not a lack of conjugal at Northward !!! Me know several inmates gettin' na conjugal time truout.

      • Anonymous says:

        Call me old fashioned, but there are certain subjects where levity is not exactly appropriate.

    • cow itch says:

      dammit! …  just give them already… swipe cards!

    • Anonymous says:

      A quick fix, admittedly, but hardly useful in terms of incarceration, surely. I mean, aren't prisoners supposed to actually remain in prison? I would have expected this to be a fundamental requirement, but maybe I'm rather old fashioned, perhaps.

    • Anonymous says:

      Rather disturbing (at time of posting) the total absence of persons who disagree with the suggestion that Steve should be given a key to Northward prison. Does this indicate a pirate mentality, perhaps?

      • Anonymous says:

        @21:02 please do us a favour go back to bed. It seem as if you are sleeping. I agree with the poster give the man a key. Clearly your not a humorous person.

      • big whopper says:


  21. Anonymous says:

    Ball and chain?  Shackles?  These work very well. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Chadwick threatened and nearly killed people yet RCIP did not contact these individuals to let them be aware of this. Thank you CNS even though it took hours before these photos was released. Hopefully he is on his way to Jamaica by now and we wont have no more worries with him!!! After all in the court room he did tell teh judge to send him home in the 1st place!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Wow. How quick you leap to protect the new Director! The buck stops with him the same as it did with Dwight Scott and Walsham Conolly. Being a Brit doesn't make him exempt.

    • Anonymous says:

      It works for the Governor, and the CoP

    • Anonymous says:

      Dosen't make him exempt, but a target.

      • Anonymous says:

        For what?

      • Anonymous says:

        The point is that the two named former prison Directors had to accept ultimate responsibility for prison breaks and ultimately paid for them withtheir jobs. I didn't see anyone writing about how they were not personally at fault. I remember one English clergyman writing to the press to suggest that it was racist to criticise a former Brit prison director for an escape that happened under his watch. Of course he didn't do the same for poor Mr. Walsham.

        Same problem with the police. We have had more than one lousy Brit Police Commissioners who were more known for being drunk than anything else, but as soon as one Caymanian in that office comes up short he is despatched in short order and we are told that a Caymanian should never again be considered for the position.   

        Your reference to being a "target" is absurd. Everyone knows that where a Brit is at fault he/she gets treated with kid gloves compared to anyone else in the exact same situation.     

  23. Anonymous says:

    I hope the new prison warden gets hotel northward in shape ASAP….

    I couldn’t sleep last night because the helicopter was over my home/neighborhood for about an hour.

    Shortly thereafter the BBM messages started coming in about the prisoners who escaped.

    Sad to say but I was up waiting to CHOP they A$$E$! I have a young daughter and wife and if it comes to it they gone get it!

    Straight Talk!

  24. SSM345 says:

    Father and son bonding has been taken to a new level.

    • Anonymous says:

      Stevie has gone to lay the smack down on some dumb as rocks woman that's fool enough to give him sugar. His appeal must be his ability to open locked gates without a key.

  25. Anonymous says:

    northward prison sums up the failures of the civil service perfectly…..

    close it down and send the inmates to cuban jails….

    • Anonymous says:

      What a fantastic idea. Pay the Cuban government the same it costs to house inmates in Cayman. Guaranteed they’ll take them and when returned to Cayman 100% rehabilitated knowing they never want to experience anything like that ever again.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Here we go again… Just as we get a new director of prisons.. Welcome to Cayman Sir. This is what you hav ego deal with.

    manderson will head to Northside or his mums place in Town. I have money on it they will find him in a roof again as they have done every time he has escaped.


  27. Anonymous says:

    Why did it take the police nearly 12 hours to release 3 pictures they already had?

  28. ThisIsFunny says:

    Sixth time!  Do they even have locks on the doors?  

  29. CYM says:

    you know the first thought that came to my mind when I heard about this this morning?  Someone must be arranging for them to depart the islands by boat. And if so, it would be good to know that they are living abroad out of our society. That means social services should have more meals available for people who need them.

  30. Para Ann Springfield says:

    Ah boy, Stevie on the run again… He just testing Mr. Lavis to see what he's made of. Mr. Lavis, the ball is in your court for service.  

    • Anonymous says:

      Now is the appropriate time to free up the Prison Service of uniforms and hire proper prison gaurd/officers.  Mr. Lavis you have a lot to learn.  Do you have reliable staff???  Bowl, Bat, Run.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Cant get the Ganja & drugs anymore boys New sheriff in town so we along with others have to show dem who's boss boy even the prisoners got their political game going on too.Certain people at the top ain't there anymore to let the good times roll liquor, drugs, phones girls money making bizzness!

  32. Anonymous says:

    They might as well set Steve Manderson free. He escapes every couple of years or so to get some nookie and when he get's bored, he allows RCIP to find him and take him back home to Her Majesty's Prison.

    • Anonymous says:

      That Steve Manderson is a hellova guy….who the hell is able to escape from the same prison a whopping 6 times?? He must be really anxious to smoke some herb and smoke some nookie.

      • Anonymous says:

        It is sad to tink that Steve could be innocently locked down for so long. If so at least he is not trying to commit suicide in prison, but escaping for freedom. Mind you I dont even know the man but the public has had these rumours ever since. It would be a good idea to investigate him more carefully. All over the world innocent people go to prison.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Is there a trend with these 'escapes'? (We can get info on this very easily)

    Are these prisoners escaping during Easter break and summer break? 
    Will prison & police officers get overtime? 
    Do they want to blame the new Director? 

    Time to ask questions and hold the guards responsible. This time terminate some of these officers BEFORE we start blaming the Director…… think outside the box and look at all possibilities and stop this nonsense.