Sattahip jailers leave inmate alone, nearly lose him

Friday, 23 May 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 21 By  Patcharapol Panrak

An ex-convict left alone after being jailed on drug charges nearly escaped after breaking his handcuffs and kicking open the cell door in Sattahip.

Somyos Anumat, 30, had been taken into custody May 11 after being nabbed in a sting operation to purchase three methamphetamine tablets for 800 baht.

Police said the suspect - recently released from prison on a previous drug-dealing conviction - confessed to dealing again, even showing police where he hid the contraband in the bathroom.

Somyos Anumat (right) shows police how he kicked open the cell door and nearly escaped.Somyos Anumat (right) shows police how he kicked open the cell door and nearly escaped.

He was then thrown in a jail cell and apparently left alone for quite some time. Without officers hearing, Somyos allegedly broke his handcuffs and then kicked the jail cell door until it bent enough for him to sneak through.

Officers eventually realized the racket might be coming from a jail break and managed to capture Somyos before he made it out of the jailhouse.

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