Owners asked to check boats

| 16/08/2013

(CNS): Some 36 hours since three men escaped from Northward Prison, police are calling on boat owners to assist with the enquiry. As the hunt for Steve Manderson, Marcus Manderson and Chadwick Dale (left to right below) intensified, Detective Chief Inspector Malcolm Kay, who is leading the police investigation in which more than 30 officers are involved, asked boat owners to check their vessels to make sure that they are still where they were last moored or secured. Police issued the warning as concerns mount that the escaped convicts, all of whom are serving time for violent offences, could try and leave Cayman by boat. Kay urged people to secure boats properly and remove fuel tanks and small outboards if possible.


Homeowners are also being asked to check their outbuildings and report any suspicious activity or thefts to the police.

“It’s important that people make regular checks of their boats and report any thefts of, or from, vessels straightaway,” he said. “We would be particularly keen to hear about any thefts of fuel, outboards, flare guns or other equipment. When boaters are out on the water I would ask them to be vigilant and report any suspicious vessels or activity,” Kay added.

He also asked homeowners to be vigilant and report any petty thefts. “If it looks like someone has been using an outbuilding, or food or clothing has been stolen from your property, we want to hear about it,” he said. “Finally, it’s important, as has been stressed previously, that members of the public do not approach these men. Instead, all sightings should be reported immediately to 911.”

People who have information that could assist the RCIPS in the search for the escaped prisoners should contact their nearest police station or the incident room that has been set up in George Town. That number is 925-7240.

Local father and son, Steve and Marcus Manderson, along with Jamaican national Dale Chadwick broke out of the country’s jail on Wednesday evening, some time before 9:30pm via the kitchen block and cut through the two parameter fences.

Speaking about the escape, the new prison director, Neil Lavis, said that during 30 years in the prison system in the UK he had never had a prisoner escape, and he was disappointed that after just six weeks here three men were on the run. He told Cayman27 News that he and the prison staff had failed the public.

“It is absolutely devastating, and our first priority is to protect the public and we have failed in that. I need to take that on the chin and move forward,” Lavis said, as he committed to the inmates' recapture and a review of the prison security

Lavis also revealed that although Steven Manderson was in prison for life as a convicted killer, because he had not escaped for nine years and had worked through the system he had been listed as a category C prisoner. He said the prison had no intelligence that he was planning to make his sixth bid for freedom. CCTV footage offered some information, he added, which had been shared with the police and through this an accomplice had been identified.

Chief Superintendent Kurt Walton said that there were two components to the RCIPS and the prison’s joint investigation: one team dedicated to the enquiry and another team doing the search.

“We understand that there is a great deal of public anxiety at the moment in relation to this escape. What we want to do is reassure the people that we are doing everything possible to capture and bring these people back into custody. We are working closely with prison officials and other law enforcement agencies,” Walton stated.

He said that what appeared to be the low profile of police was not an indication of the investigation. He said the team was working on targeted searches and intelligence rather than blanket policing or random road blocks.

“Don’t let our not being seen on the roads fool you. There’s a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes. We are going to be guided by information and intelligence rather than doing this in an ad hoc way,” he added. Walton warned people not to help or harbour the inmates as he said they could end up with a ten year jail term themselves.

If anyone has any information they are asked to call 911 or the incident room in GT police station on 925-7240 or any police station.

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  1. Anonymous says:

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Why not run? Life is life. What are they going to do? Take away his Sunday turtle meat dinner? Or take out his tv?? NWP needs to take are harder stance on punishment up there. In Arizona they get serious treatment. Follow their plan govt. Then we’ll see our money going to good use like road side clean ups!

  3. Anonymous says:

    they will probably sneak back into prison and when discovered claim they never left

  4. Anonymous says:

    They could not keep their own van from being stolen nor have they recovered it, so people better not be depending on the RCIP to keep any private property safe.

  5. William Wallace says:

    We have a million dollar chopper – check. Three x 3 million dollar police boats – check. One experience prison director $195k p.a. – check. 4 million dollar security system by the security company – check. Three escaped murderer, robber and gun runner on the loose and all law abide citizen scour in fear – PRICELESS!

    Only in cayman this happens! Tax payers where's your value for money?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Steve escaped from prison 6 times and returns when he feels like…I like see Unna stop him from leaving the island when he ready! He een going no way.

  7. Big Whopper says:

    Where is the police interceptor enforcer boat?  PoPo,you better make sure you got the keys secure…well then again when I think about it……..

  8. Reality says:

    "Helloooo? Any murderers down there? I'm supposed to be looking for murderers. As you can tell I don't value my own life very much. Helllooooo? Guess they're not here. Let's check the other boats".

  9. Anonymous says:

    Owners of HM Prison request they keep an eye on thier inmates.

  10. cow itch says:

    by god… and i thought there was 3 components: prison investigation, search, and tea / donut with a game of chess!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Lookout for caymanians refugees down south  lmao

  12. Anonymous says:

    If I catch them on my boat police won't have to worry about them anymore…. 

    • Anonymous says:

      You going to rehab them? Murder them?

    • Anonymous says:

      yeah right, you wouldnt stand a chance against the three of them.

    • Anonymous says:

      So you think you're smart enough to break out of jail?

    • Anonymous says:

      I wonder if you stole it, because you don't seem to have enough intelligence to earn yourself a boat.

    • Anonymous says:

      You're not smart enough to catch them, trust me. 

    • Anonymous says:


      WOW, straight out of the prehistoric age, are we? Apparently your mama never told you two wrongs will never make a right? Even more disurbing is the amount of Cro-Magnon support you seem to have here.

  13. Anonymous says:

    They've only just thought about this?! smh.

    • Anonymous says:

      Exactly. They shld have thought about this the night they escape. That was the first thing that came to our mind when we heard the news. We the public are not police but still yet that was our first thought. Yet the police just figure it out. Are you guys serious?. At this stage you should be contacting the police in other countries etc.

    • Anonymous says:

      At least they did think of it. So often we make fun of the Police and the Civil Service…. but who do we call when something goes wrong??  Think about the thousands of people that they serve everyday and get it right. Of course those good things never get reported. But even if they did the faithful negative on CNS would find a way to poke fun.