Six time escapee re-captured

| 28/08/2013

(CNS): Two weeks after he broke out of HMP Northward with his son, Marcus Manderson, and Jamaican national Chadwick Dale, 44-year-old Steve Manderson has been recaptured. The six time escapee was rounded up following a joint police and prison staff operation in Frank Sound just before 5am on Wednesday morning. Manderson, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of a prison officer, is now in police custody following his arrest for escaping. He joins fellow escapee Dale, who was arrested last week and is awaiting charges in connection with the break-out.

Meanwhile,  Manderson’s son Marcus, who is serving a mandatory ten year sentence for possession of an unlicensed firearm, remains the only one of the three prisoners that escaped who is still on the run.

Anyone who has information which could assist the police should contact their nearest police station. Any sightings of the escaped prisoner should be reported immediately to 911. 

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I think the headline is disappointing.  "Murderer recaptured" is more appropriate.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This man should be sentenced, consecutively to his life sentence, to a few years for each escape and to a couple of extra years for aiding and abetting the escape of every prisoner that escaped with him.  Once you tag on 20 or 30 year for his illegal behaviour, his innocence or lack of it on the murder starts to become practically irrelevant.

    • Anonymous says:

      I thought humanity was supposed to be evolving but half of the worlds population today seem to be doing it backwards, and in total and blissful ignorance of God Almighty's golden rule: Do onto others as you would have done unto you. There is not a single doubt in my mind that if you were in this man's shoes you would be doing exactly as he is doing, except you obviously wouldn't be smart enough. At least you seem to have hope that he will somehow live past his own life span. Get a life my friend. I'm not sure about you but I seriously doubt anyone else in Cayman really wants to be spending $50,000.00 or so a year supporting Steve for the next hundred years, particularly if he is innocent and deserves to live a free and happy life.    

  3. Anonymous says:

    Surely solitary confinement for a year might help quell his urge to flee.  That and being permanently chained to the wall.  We are too soft on these lowlife types.

    • Anonymous says:

      There is no more perfect example of a lowlife type than you are my friend, trying to hide it under the guise of some form of intelligence is even more pitiful.

  4. Anonymous says:

    We should not give up in asking for a re trial for Steve. We really dont know but Steve could be innocent of the murder. If so he will continue to try to be free. After all he has many relatives who are Caymanians and we need to protect our own. If he was some other Nationality fund raising would be going on to get Legal assistance. Poor fella , if he is innocent as the Public claims I am very sorry for him.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with you that Steve should be given a re-trial to proof his innocence but what does it have to go with him having many caymanians. Everybody should be treated with respect whether caymanian or not caymanian. When you say "after all he has many relatives who are Caymanians and we need to protect our own" this shows how you are so much into treating non-caymanians badly.

      • Anonymous says:

        I can hear that you are one with a chip on your shoulder too. When I said that we have many Caymanians I just meant that we have enough of our own without having to ask anyone else as we are independent minded. Since you are so loyal to the Caymanain Community why dont you be the first to take up a donation. I dont think mthat his family would mind at all as long as he get the help that they think that he deserves. We seem to help everyone else so might as well assist our own thats all I meant.If you cant join us with a helping hand then just shut up.

    • Anonymous says:

      I could agree more. Based on all the rumors it seems like Manderson is innocent and if tha is the case he should be given a retrial.

  5. Weapons Grade Bollocks says:

    Please let's not have lots of kumbayah and well done RCIP and HMP posts now that Steve is back from his little staycation.

    The bumbling idiots at HMP have now let him escape 6 times and RCIP have thus had lots of time to practice at recapturing him.

    Steve's ability to escape at will makes a complete mockery of our hugely expensive police/incarceration system.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree and I think we need to hear from the prison director what steps have been taken to ensure that no prisoners can escape again (especially three in one go) and also, what steps have been taken to avoid contraband to be smuggled into the prison.

      Or is this going to require another committee to be formed and 9 months worth of e-mail exchanges amongst various individuals with no result at the end of the day??????


    • Anonymous says:

      Ask the Chief Officervresponsible. He has the answer which will be to import a few more expats from the UK to gain their favor for self interest/security of tenure.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Not a good start Mr. Head Prison officer, sounds like the system has a few leaks!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Seriously guys, give him some shackles and a ball and chain. 

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with shackles, balls and chain.  The first thing you will hear is human rights and the churches crying out that it is wrong.  If it means putting two sets on them, do so. 

      Why are we wasting good food on them anyway?  Adapt the Central and Sout American way.  they only eat when their families feed them.  Here they can choose what they want to eat and are feed four or five times per day.  Reduce costs, cut back on provisions. 

      • Anonymous says:

        With spelling, punctuation, and a level of intelligence like that you should be put in two sets of shackles (without a computer) and only eat when your family feeds you.  

    • Anonymous says:

      Better yet guys, give him a fair trial in court.

      • Anonymous says:

        He has had a trial and an appeal.  What does he want unlimited bites at the cherry until he gets lucky? 

        • Anonymous says:

          As completely opposed to a cherry, there is a human life at stake here, lunatic. Try to get yourself a brain.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Dam Fool Fool!!  Personally I think the Govt. should hire Mr. Manderson and have him head up security at Northward Prison.  Just read the headlines. 'Six time escapee'.  This is a surmount of evidence that something is radically wrong with the security system. I look at Mr. Manderson and he does not appear to have the built of an ANT. Therefore, how the hell did he crawl out? This is scary and is better we hire him to secure the prison than he recruit inmates to overthrow the guards and hold these islands at hostage.  Remember, Cayman Islands is not the 'walk in a Park' island that it used to be. It is becoming very vicious condensed with crime. If these guys should decide to take over the island, what could we do? Absolutely nothing!! We are not prepared for these measures. They could burn the prison because we allow them to smoke. They could tie up the guards and become the ones in charge, because the guards are busy doing their own things and not being proactive to control these inmates. As a matter of fact, they could actually take the dam prison over and keep us at bay for a very very long time until we have to send for help out of Jamaica or England. They all seems to have access to every weapon and stuff that I as a decent citizen who works so dam hard cannot even drive around with a machete to protect myself from these criminals. The boy is smart, use him up to protect the islands so that he can feel worthy and stop making us look like fools. 

  9. Anonymous says:

    One word for you Steve-O : BOOYAH!

    To Mini-Manderson…2 down, 1 to go! Your vacation clock is winding down… 

    • SSM345 says:

      He's in Jamaica.

    • Anonymous says:

      I have no idea what "BOOYAH' means but it is obviously a clear example of the lack of intellect in the average Caymanian posting on this site. Truly sad.

      • Anonymous says:

        Do you know that it was a Caymanian posting?  If I was you all I would try to help him so that the truth can really be revealed whether it was Steve or an expat who did the crime like the public seems to think. Is that the reason why you all dont care. If Steve a Caymanian did the crime then i dont have any pity on him, but when you have ex prisoners walking around and declaring that bthey saw what took place in the prison but they couldnt give evidence then you have to really wander if they are right. The courts try to do their best but every one can make mistakes, and it always take smart people to convince others. Any how God Almighty knows the truth and whoever do these things will pay one day even if it is really Steve.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I think it quite appropriate to have an independent  inquiry in to the escape.  State resources are used to find these people , so why not a proper inquiry in to this matter, so the public can be properly informed. Why is the Portfolio not taking the initiative.

    • Anonymous says:

      This is total shame for a person to escape HMP and especially 6 times.  What a disgrace to the islands and a mocking stock to the Cayman Islands.  Fix the system and make the prison very secure and put Manderson in chains and isolation for 24hr day and 7 days a week

  11. Anonymous says:

    Son still on the run………………I would think his Daddy probably helped him to get on a boat to Jamaica or Honduras. Manderson Senior has nothing to lose by escaping from prison. He has already a life sentence and obviously they are not putting him under any further restrictions at the prison cause otherwise he would not have been able to escape 6 times plus! So what harm is it for him to escape………..and be recaptured, and escape, and be recaptured……………..

  12. Anonymous says:

    Steve Manderson needs to be sent off island to a secure prison to serve his time and before you human rights people get all up in arms about my opinion, Steve Manderson has given up his right to serve his time in the Cayman Islands by his repeated escapes which has terrorized the community unnecessarily.

    • Anonymous says:

      He was born here, lived here, did his crime here why not serve his time here.  He is Cayman problem not any other country's problem.  The USA and England deports persons that have grown in their country and have become criminals in their country with no social or present biological tides within the country they are being deported to.  This causes tremendous problems for that receiving country and often these persons go on to create havoc in continuing their criminal activities.  Sending Manderson to another country is dangerous for him and adds to the liabilities of the receiving country.  Whatever a country natures it should keep including its criminals.

      • Confused&Bemused says:

        I say search this guys house!

      • Anonymous says:

        WOW What a great idea, send Manderson to Cuba to serve out his sentence and in the future any excaping inmate upon capture gets sent to Cuba. They have a strong prison system there and would know how to deal with trouble makers.

      • Anonymous says:

        That's a great theory, with a couple of exceptions. You don't seem capable of keeping your sons and daughters out of trouble. Contrary to popular belief, it's not the expat community that's running amuck on these islands, it's your own people and it's getting worse. Just look at recent headlines, they are almost exclusively dominated by theft, violence and fraud committed by Caymanians, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

        Get a grip on your own communities, educate your children to international standards, teach them sex education and the value of life, show them that crime is anti social and destructive for all concerned and most of all, admit you have a problem and deal with it.

        In regard to the UK policy on immigration repatriation, simply put, you're talking garbage. The UK cannot extradite a UK citizen unless they are wanted in a country where recipricol agreements are in place for serious criminal activity. Likewise, any foreign born person that has gained UK citizenship and who breaks the law in another country can be extradited under the same agreements regardless of their current immigration status. The only other people who are removed from the UK are those who do not hold legitimate UK citizenship and who have breached UK immigration or criminal laws. It is their tough luck if they have grown up in a countryand abused that countries hospitality, without full citizenship they are the responsibility of their home country and must accept their fate.

        Send Manderson to the UK, he is after all a Caymanian so therefore a British Overseas Territory citizen. Let him have a 5 to 10 year dose of what a real prison, with real prison officers feels like, (he'll be really popular amongst their ranks when they find out he's a prison officer killer) he won't be escaping anytime soon that's for sure.

        • Anonymous says:

          "The only other people who are removed from the UK are those who do not hold legitimate UK citizenship and who have breached UK immigration or criminal laws".

          Nonsense. The Home Secretary can revoke British Citizenship of dual nationals who are suspected of being involved in terrorist activity on national security grounds and deport them.

          Obviously serious crime here is committed by other nationalities as well as Caymanians. It is quite clear from news reports that Jamaicans and Hondurans are also involved, and the white collar crime is more often than not, expats.  



          • Anonymous says:

            Doh!! Read the post again, it states quite clearly, 'those who have gained UK citizenship' that would include dual passport holders, foreign born nationals or damn terrorists. So, in simple terms, if you apply for and are granted UK citizenship it can be revoked if you 'breach immigration or criminal laws'.

            Therefore, being a foreign born terrorist or a threat to national security would obviously come under that heading, its not difficult.

            You cannot transport legitimate UK born citizens, no more than you can do same in any other country. Or shall we just ship all of our trash to someone else, transportation for criminal activity has worked before? 

            If you want to pick an argument at least have the courtesy to read the damn post and understand its content before quoting low circulating newspaper articles. Its just embarrassing when you realise that you are actually confirming the point being made. Still, nice try.

          • Anonymous says:

            Doesn't being a foreign born terrorist qualify as a breach of immigration or criminal laws where you come from. What do you think the terms of UK or US citizenship entail, do they say 'come and apply for UK or US citizenship and plot the downfall of your host country'? No idiot, they give specific rules by which an applicant is expected to abide or they can lose their granted status.

            Surprisingly, threats to national security and terrorism is on the list of immigration and criminal breaches that will result in revokation and deportation to their country of origin. 

            Seriously, you needed that to be spelt out?

        • Anonymous says:

          You have taken a lot of things for granted in my comments.  Firstly, I am not Caymanian and you are assuming that I am.  Your comments in the second paragraph only show your disgust your perceive Caymanian’s life style and ineptness in dealing with social ills present within the communities.

          Secondly both the British and US government can and has had revoke residences of many persons you have committed crimes under their immigration, homeland security and home secretary laws.

          It is you that needs to go and edify yourself on these matters before attempting bludgeon other person’s comments with “utter rubbish” – simply put, you’re talking garbage.

          Check these websites :

          • Anonymous says:

            Well, you're obviously not from the UK otherwise you wouldn't refer to the policies of the United Kingdom's government as 'England'. That is a schoolboy error and identifies someone who has failed to get to grips with basic history and geopolitics.

            Secondly, I don't discriminate against Caymanians for their social ill's, nor do I percieve those issues to be any different from any other western society. What I disapprove of is the reluctance of some Caymanians to admit that there is a significant problem within their community whilst seeking to blame everyone but themselves. I am a long term resident of the Cayman Islands and chose to make this beautiful place my home because of its low crime rate, the strict moral upbringing of its children and the warmth and kindness of the Caymanian people. But this island is in crisis and some its young people lost in a sea of self interest and greed, to deny it will only set the seeds of future chaos. Just take time to read some of the comments posted on this site then come back and deny that Cayman has a credibility issue on the subject of serial deniability.

            And finally, the UK does not and cannot deport any law abiding, legitimate, UK born citizen unless they are wanted under a warrant issued by a reciprocating government. As I have already said, if a person who breaks the terms of granted citizenship by commiting crimes that breach immigration or criminal laws then they can be subject to revokation and deportation to their country of origin, (subject to the ECHR). Of course a country can revoke a foreign born residents right to claim citizenship, but that's a world away from throwing out their own citizens because they are bad. Although transportation did bring some benefits, the good old USA and Australia being two shining examples.

            So, to conclude this clarification. The revokation of citizenship and deportation is not the same as removing someone who has breached a visa requirement or who has entered the country illegally. Only those who cannot claim to be a full UK citizen are returned to their country of origin, regardless of their time spent or age on arrival. It is their responsibility to behave according to the laws and customs of the UK, if they do not then they are asked to leave, (and no doubt, the same would apply here). Now does that make it clearer for you or do I need to use smaller words or bigger letters?

            PS: With 30 years experience in UK law enforcement, (including prisons and immigration) I may have edified myself on these matters prior to your kind advice, but thanks anyway.

    • Anonymous says:

      Some folks never learn.

    • Anonymous says:


      You need to be sent off island to a proper psyciatric facility.

      • Anonymous says:

        Is that the best you got?

        Obviously intelligent dialogue,  thought production and elucidation are beyond your capabilities at this time. Start doing your home work and attend all your classes clean and sober and spend less time on the computer embarrassing yourself then practice constructing ideas  beyond one liners.

        Manderson breaking out 5 or 6 times is unacceptable. Spending millions on the prison is beyond the governments current ability at this time. Why should the community suffer or be terrorized by one murderer? Send him away to a facility that was designed and constructed and manned to deal with multiple escapees.

        If you respond please try to do so as an adult. 

        • Anonymous says:

          Only if you promise that my adult response would help to fill that vacancy between your ears.

          • Anonymous says:

            You add nothing to the discussion with your adolescent chatter, grow up, hoprfully you will one day learn that insults do not make you smart, only rude. 

            • Anonymous says:

              Speaking of adolescent chatter, growing up, insults, and rudeness, and regardless of whether or not Steve Manderson is actually guilty of the crime he is paying for,  perhaps you should try getting it through your thick skull that no one on the face of this earth, that's right, not even a mature and pleasant, grown up adult like yourself, has any right whatsoever to suggest that he should not be allowed to live his life, whether it be under fair or unfair conditions, on the soil of his birth. You are quite simply wrong to suggest this and you really should acknowledge that and let it go my friend. It was your own blatant ignorance that prompted my admittedly less than pleasant responses. Try to get your grown up brain in gear before you step on the pedal next time.   

              • Anonymous says:

                Who gave you the truth that Manderson is innocent and is not guilty of the charge of which he was convicted of in a court of law. But obviously you know more then the people who were at the trial , heard the evidence and found him guilty.

                Perhaps you heard it on the Marl Road. Any disagreement on these blogs recieves abuse from rude people like yourself and you do not know anything of his guilt or innocence. Where is the appeal if he is innocent?

                Rude backward people who find disagreement threatening, well get over it.

                • Anonymous says:

                  No amount of dissing me is ever going to make you right my friend. That only makes you more wrong. Count the number of thumbs here that disagree with you and maybe, just maybe, YOU'LL get over it.

                  • Anonymous says:

                    Why did you ignore my question to you about how you know that Steve Manderson is not guilty of the crime he was convicted of in a court of law?  The crime of murder is you will agree serious and you seem convinced of his innocence so I think you could at least share how you are so sure he did not commit murder. 


                    • Anonymous says:

                      i have made absooutely no indication that i am convinced of his innocence. Very much to the contrary, your post indicates your certainty that he is in fact guilty. Perhaps you would care to explain that?

                    • Anonymous says:

                      I base my opinion only on the legal system and the guilty verdict found by the people who were responsible for justice to be done in the case. I wasn't there and don't know any of the people personally but the guilty verdict was determined and if there were doubts an appeal would have been filed. As to an inmate claiming they are not guilty especially of murder I don't believe that holds much water. I put murder alone in criminal behavior as a red flag to danger which is why his breaking out concerns me so much.

                    • Anonymous says:

                      The fact of the matter therefore is that you are ASSUMING based on your personal opinion, and using that ASSUMPTION to deny your fellowman a most basic and undeniable human right. You do not KNOW that this man is guilty any more than I do not know he is innocent, and you therefore have no right whatsever to deny him his most basic human right. The police themselves have said that this man is not a threat to our community as he himself has proven over and over again, so I am most unclear as to why "his breaking out concerns you so much". It is not his fault that he is allowed to break out of prison apparently whenever he sees fit. If the powers that be in Cayman see fit to keep him incarcerated for life then it is this country's responsibility to do that, and do it in a proper and humane manner, and not burden our community with the cost of placing the responsibility on another country. What we should in fact be looking into is cutting the millions upon millions we spend every year maintaining foreign criminals by sending them to their home turf to serve their sentences, and thereby affording our own jobless caymanians work in monitoring our prison's security cameras, and thereby eliminating the millions in costs we incur in looking for our own escaped prisoners every couple of years. Then those millions upon millions of dollars in savings savings can be put back into our community to raise the standard of living for our people and thereby reduce the ever increasing level of crime and the ever increasing cost to our community of maintaining incarcerated criminals.  

                    • Anonymous says:

                      It sounds like you have no faith in the legal system in determining justice in the Manderson trial or that his being found guilty means anything to you.  It also seems that others agree with you on Manderson.

                      I don't even know how he has broken out all those times but the current fence around the prison looks pretty secure to me, if they cut the fence or what I don't know.

                      In the past I know the police have come with guns to search for Manderson when he has escaped so I don't know if they think he is dangerous or not.

                      Smuggling in drugs and other things seems common so I guess wire cutters would be easy to throw over the fence.

                      Where I live in the US we have 4 prisons in the area and I have never heard of a single escape.

                    • Anonymous says:

                      It is my opinion, and I do acknowledge that everyone has a right to their opinion, that Steve's actions say it all in regards to whether or not he has a guilty conscience. None of us should ever consider our own opinions to be the final word in this type of situation. It is indeed an unfortunate fact that Steve is perhaps the only person alive who KNOWS whether he committed murder, or perhaps the only person alive who knows and would speak the truth on the matter.  

                    • Anonymous says:

                      I appreciate your comments on this matter.

            • Anonymous says:

              Speaking of adolescent chatter, growing up, insults, and rudeness, and regardless of whether or not Steve Manderson is actually guilty of the crime he is paying for,  perhaps you should try getting it through your thick skull that no one on the face of this earth, that's right, not even a mature and pleasant, grown up adult like yourself, has any right whatsoever to suggest that he should not be allowed to live his life, whether it be under fair or unfair conditions, on the soil of his birth. You are quite simply wrong to suggest this and you really should acknowledge that and let it go my friend. It was your own blatant ignorance that prompted my admittedly less than pleasant responses. Try to get your grown up brain in gear before you step on the pedal next time.   

    • Anonymous says:

      Perhaps the government should reopen Manderson case because there are doubts as to whether he is guilty of the crime for which he is serving time for. 

      • Anonymous says:

        But 6 sentences for escaping from prison should make that irrelevant anyway.

    • Anonymous says:

      Boy, some of us deitys do seem to have an AWFUL lot of money to pend on 'condemned' criminals.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Well done RCIP!!!

    Request to the new prison director – try to keep them in from now on please.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well done yeah yeah yeah. While they are using 30 officers to capture these guys the other aprrox 370 are sitting around while we are being home invaded and shootings are going on. And to boot there were not 30 police officers on this humt as there are priosn official ls with them. The RCIP has become redundant along with thei CCTV and helicopter.

      • Hoping for better days says:

        Yup, a helicopter which cost ALOT of $$$ to maintain.

    • Anonymous says:

      Much of the searches and stake outs were handled by the Prison Emergency Response Team.  It was a good team effort!

    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry, I don't want to poo poo all over this, but why is the RCIP always congratulated and commented when they are doing their job?

      I sit at the bank and make sure that every day, all day the money people want to transfer ends up in the right place. At the end, nobody congratulates me if the funds reach the designated account correctly. I am just expected to do my job and I am expected to do it well.

      Why is the same principle not applied to the RCIP and why must they always be praised for doing their job??? Sorry, I just don't get it!