Prison escapee’s sentence put off

One of the three August escapees is before the court

One of the three prisoners who escaped in August from Northward Prison appeared in court last week to be sentenced for his escape bid, but the case was adjourned.

Chadwick Bradford Dale appeared in Summary Court on Thursday for sentencing.

He escaped from custody along with Steve Manderson, 44, and Marcus Manderson, 25, sometime before 9:20 p.m. on Aug. 14.

Dale, 22, was the first to be recaptured. Police found him in undergrowth close to holiday homes in Cayman Kai following a tip-off from a member of the public on Aug. 20.

Steve Manderson was also recaptured, on Aug. 28, but his son Marcus Manderson remains at large. The elder Manderson has not yet appeared in court for the offence of escaping custody.

Dale pleaded guilty in Summary Court on Sept. 10 to escaping from prison. On that date, his matter was adjourned to Oct. 3 to allow for Crown counsel to provide the magistrate with authorities on sentencing.

Dale had not been represented and told the court he did not want an attorney. However, on Oct. 3, he indicated he did want an attorney and gave the name of the person he hoped would represent him.

On Oct. 10, he told the court he had not spoken with an attorney yet. Magistrate Grace Donalds was advised that Dale’s attorney of choice was involved in a Grand Court trial.

The magistrate wondered if Dale would be eligible for legal aid. Attorney John Furniss pointed out that Dale had been legally aided for his original charges (robbery and wounding, for which he received a sentence of six years).

The magistrate adjourned sentencing until Oct. 24.

The maximum punishment set out for escape in Cayman’s Criminal Procedure Code is four years.

The maximum punishment set out for escape in Cayman’s Criminal Procedure Code is four years.

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