Gathering information: Policemen asking a passer-by if he saw anyone acting suspiciously in Little India after Mohammad Faisal escaped from the courthouse.
GEORGE TOWN: A 40-year-old man escaped from police custody as he was about to be charged in court for drug possession.
Mohammad Faisal Naina Mohammad (pic) made a dash for it when he managed to loosen his handcuffs upon arriving at the court building in a police vehicle with 13 others at 8.40am yesterday.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalatrash Wahid said the were currently conducting an operation to track him down, adding that the case was being investigated as negligence of a public servant in allowing a man under his custody to escape under Section 223 of the Penal Code.
“The escapee, who is about 162cm tall, was wearing a grey striped T-shirt and dark trousers at that time,” said ACP Mior Faridalatrash.
A witness said she saw the man climb over a fence and run to the main road.
“He then ran towards Convent Light Street before turning into Love Lane – after which he disappeared,” she said at the courthouse.
“I alerted the police and they tried to chase him but failed as he was too fast.”
A group of policemen were seen combing the vicinity of Assumption Church, Love Lane, Muntri Street, Penang Road and Little India to look for the escapee.