KOTA KINABALU: A round-the-clock manhunt has begun for a detainee who escaped from the Sandakan court on Thursday (Jan 10).
Sandakan assistant police chief Supt Abdul Fuad Abdul Malek said the detainee, a 29-year-old Indonesian by the name of Jusman Amir, escaped while in police custody at about 3.40pm.
"The suspect managed to get his handcuffs off while he and other detainees were in the process of getting up on the police truck to go to prison," he said in a statement Friday (Jan 11).
He said Jusman was last seen fleeing towards the bushy areas of Taman Khong Lok, Batu 7, Sandakan.
"Jusman was wearing a black T-shirt with the words 'sex pistol' on it and a pair of white shorts," Supt Fuad said.
He described the suspect as thin, dark skinned and with a moustache and a short goatee.
"He also has a tattoo on his left arm," he said.
Supt Fuad said the suspect was a detainee at the Beluran police station and was at court to have his drug abuse case mentioned.
"After the case mention, the suspect was supposed to be detained at the Sungai Sibuga prison pending re-mention of his case," he said.
The whole Beluran police force as well as officials from the K9 unit are involved in searching for the escapee.
Supt Fuad urged those with information of Jusman's whereabouts to contact the police at 089-212 222.
The case will be investigated under Section 223 of the Penal Code for negligence of a public servant and Section 224 for escaping from custody.