Police recaptures remand escapees

Two escapees Frank Firimolea and Eric Nathaniel Jnr.
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POLICE have captured the two remand escapees, Frank Firimolea and Eric Nathaniel Jnr yesterday.

Eric Jnr was captured first, in the early morning at the Blue Flag Beach, Mamara area, North West Guadalcanal.

Firimolea was caught in the afternoon at White River, West Honiara.

Firimolea and Eric Jnr escaped from lawful custody at the Honiara Central Magistrate Court on October 18, 2017 when the court ordered their remand after both men were charged with armed robbery.

It is alleged that the two men were involved in an armed home invasion at Panatina Ridge on Friday, October 13, 2017.

Supervising Assistant Commissioner, National Capital and Crime Prevention, Superintendent, Patricia Leta said, “The successful recapture of Eric Junior is a result of an operation conducted by the police from Honiara City, Guadalcanal Province and other officers from Police Headquarters in Honiara including the Police Response team.

“The Police would like to thank members of the public for providing information one way or the other that assisted in the capture of the remand escapee.

“I would also like to thank all the officers who have been involved in the operation for their tireless efforts in successfully getting this escapee behind the bars.

“Our job is not complete yet as one of the escapees is still at large. We will continue the operation until he too is recaptured to ensure our communities are safe.”

“Police have also taken in the wife of Eric Jnr for questioning on giving false information to the Police.”

Both Eric Jnr and his wife are expected to appear before the Honiara Magistrates Court today.

Meanwhile, regarding Firimolea’s case, Supervising Deputy Commissioner, Operations, Gwen Ratu said, “The Criminal Investigation Department of Police in Guadalcanal Province was investigating a store break-in at the Kauvare area over the weekend and were following information and leads which led them to the car in which Frank Firimolea was travelling.

“It was parked at the White River 02 bus stop. Police surrounded the car and found Firimolea inside.

“The successful recapture of both escapees is the result of cooperation between the police and members of the community who came forward with information on the movement of the two men.

“Police applauds the public for this as it shows that people respect the rule of law in this country and will do all they can to protect it.

“I would also like to commend the determination of all those police officers involved in the operation to recapture the two escapees over past 12 days. The dedication of the officers means that people can now feel safe moving around our communities knowing too well the two escapees are now in police custody and will be processed through to the courts.”

Police will allege in court that Firimolea and Eric Jnr escaped from lawful custody.