Manderson remains on run for three weeks

| 05/09/2013

(CNS): There is still no sign of Marcus Manderson, the 25-year-old son of multiple escapee, Steve Manderson, despite being on the run alone now for almost a week. It is more than three weeks since Manderson escaped from Northward with his father and fellow inmate Chadwick Dale by cutting through the prison’s perimeter fence. Last week, the lead investigator in the manhunt,Detective Chief Inspector Malcolm Kay, called on the younger Manderson to give himself up, as he believed the young prisoner was living rough after his father was recaptured. Dale had already been rounded up a week after the break-out, which happened on 14 August.

Kay had said time was running out for Manderson, but there is still no sign of the young man. His father was rounded up in the Frank Sound area and Dale around Run Point, and it is understood that searches are still focused in the area, but the police are asking residents to remain vigilant.

Manderson is serving a mandatory ten year sentence for the possession of an unlicensed firearm after he was recently convicted of attempting to throw away a modified flare gun after being chased by police.

“It’s clear that the men have been living rough and we believe that they have stayed together since the breakout. Marcus is now out there on his own. He will be tired and feeling vulnerable. He must know that it’s only a matter of time before he too is recaptured," Kay said, adding that the escapee may not have access to food or water

“I would ask property owners and residents to report any suspicious activity or thefts from their premises," he said.

The three men escaped from HMP Northward just six weeks after the arrival from the UK of the new prison boss, corrections veteran Neil Lavis.

It is not yet clear if the local authorities intend to conduct a public enquiry into how three inmates, all convicted of violent offences, including (in Steve Manderson’s case) murder, managed to spring themselves from the facility.

Anyone who has any information which could assist the manhunt is asked to contact their local police station. Any sightings of Marcus Manderson should be reported immediately to 911.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    maybe if he's still available in 3 1/2 years, we can elect him to office!

  2. Just Askin' says:

    What's the National Record?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Charge Steve with aiding and abetting this criminal escape.  Add a good 5 or 10 years to run sequentially from the end of his life sentence.  A few of these and prisoners would think less of ecaping and Manderson's pleas of innocence will be less relevant as he will be stuck in jail regardless.

    • Anonymous says:

      Even better make it clear that the father will remain in chained up solitary until the son is captured.

  4. Anonymous says:

    A public inquiry should be conducted. The portfolio is shying away. An independent inquiry must take place. All we have is the bits that the portfolio wishes to selectively publish.

    • Anonymous says:

      11.11- what should it investigate? The criminals who escape?, the Northward Security questio?, the CCTV question ?or RCIPs efficiency?? Pray do tell. If they did 4 separate enquiries that would be work for at least 100 Caymanians for the next 4 years. Job creation programme, I love it!