Prisoners on the run from Tafaigata

By Adel Fruean ,

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WANTED: Pati Chong Nee and Aniseko Vaelei.

WANTED: Pati Chong Nee and Aniseko Vaelei. (Photo: Samoa Police Service)

Two prisoners escaped from the Tafaigata Prisons yesterday morning.

Aniseko Vaelei and Pati Chong Nee – who were jailed for burglary and robbery charges – dashed for freedom after a church service.

The Samoa Observer could not reach the Prisons and Correctional Service Commissioner, Taitosaua Edward Winterstein, for comment yesterday.

But a female officer, who said she is not authorised to release statements to the media, said Taitosaua was out of the office and had joined the search for the two prisoners. Therefore, he cannot be reached for comment.

The Prisons and Corrections Services went on television yesterday morning to appeal for the public’s assistance to apprehend the two men. 

Aniseko Vaelei, 27, is from the villages of Vaiusu, Aele and Tafaigata, he was imprisoned for theft, robbery, burglary and escaping from prison charges.

The other prisoner is Pati Chong Nee, 25, from the villages of Aleisa and Vaitele Fou and was also serving time for theft and burglary. 

“We urge members of the public to please contact any nearby Police stations or the prisons main headquarters and the Ola Toe Fuataina at Tafaigata with the contact numbers: 23516, 22208 and 21008, concerning any information relating to the escaped prisoners due to the severity of crimes they were charged with,” said SPCS on TV1.

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