In one of the most daring escapes by a detainee in recent times, a 61-year-old drug suspect fled after impersonating another accused who had just been released.
In Tuesday’s incident, Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman was among a group of 20 detainees who had been taken to the remand room at 2.30pm. Confusion arose when the magistrate repeatedly called out the name of a detainee to be released but got no response.
Abdul Rashid took advantage of the situation by presenting himself as the person, got his handcuffs removed and walked out of the courthouse.
The man who was supposed to be released had been fast asleep in the room and did not hear his name being called.
However, by the time the mistake was discovered, the escapee, who sported a beard and long hair and wore a blue and white striped T-shirt, had disappeared.