By WALLACE KIALA
RAPIST and murderer Peter John Plesman was the fifth escapee from the Jan 12 prison breakout caught yesterday.
Plesman, who is on death row, was caught stealing peanuts from a garden between 6-Mile dump and Dogura outside Port Moresby city.
Police were tipped off to his presence in the area, and moved in and nabbed him.
He was brought to the 6-Mile police station where he was held and questioned yesterday afternoon.
Asked why he escaped from the maximum security unit at Bomana with the 11 others, he put the blame on bank robbery suspect William Kapris.
“Em Sepik man ya tok na mipla kam aut (the Sepik man told us to come out with him),” Plesman said from his cells.
He said he was surprised when the door to his cell was opened for him to escape, and he just took off.
He said after they dashed out of the maximum security unit, they all jumped in one vehicle, a double cab fifth element, and headed for Sogeri.
He said he was dumped at the Sirinumu Dam, and did not know where the others went.
Plesman is from Woitape in the Central province. He was hungry and stealing peanuts from a garden when he was recaptured.
The owner of the garden followed him all the way to the police station to lay a complaint of theft. Police said he was believed to be with two other escapees from a previous jailbreak who managed to slip away before police arrived.
According to Correctional Service records, Plesman is a condemned detainee on the death row who is serving 14 years and three months for murder and rape.
The first of the 12 notorious criminals to be recaptured was Oliver Ben who was caught on Jan 22 at bushes in Sogeri; this was followed by William Nanua Kapris who was caught on Feb 6; John Siko Wel on Feb 11 and James Pari a day later, last Friday, at the 6-Mile dump settlement.
Meanwhile, the Port Moresby General Hospital late yesterday confirmed that Siko Wel was still at the POMGH nursing a serious wound to his knee which he sustained from a gun shot during his recapture.
Sources at the hospital said his right leg needed to be amputated at the knee to avoid severe infection, which could be fatal.
Boroko police confirmed yesterday that James Pari had been discharged from POMGH and taken back to the Bomana prison awaiting his trial for escaping from lawful custody.