Manderson pleads to escape

Steve Manderson, the inmate who was recaptured last week after five and a half months, appeared in Summary Court this week.

He pleaded guilty to the charge of escaping lawful custody at Northward Prison 17 September.

He pleaded not guilty to charges of common assault, wounding and causing actual bodily harm to a prison officer on the same date.

Five other inmates also face charges arising from the incident.

Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale said a trial date needed to be fixed for all who had pleaded not guilty.

Those defendants had been brought to the courthouse, but the magistrate did not have them brought into Court 3, where she was presiding, because it does not have a dock and is not considered secure.

Manderson was wearing ankle cuffs with sufficient linkage to allow him to walk and was accompanied by several prison officers. During his time before the court, he stood near the attorneys’ table and spoke for himself as he was not legally represented.

The matter was set for mention again on Tuesday, 15 March.

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