Homesick Thai Prisoner Recaptured After Brief Escape

A Thai man serving a seven-year sentence for attempted murder escaped from the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Prison on Sunday by scaling an outer wall but was recaptured following a short search.

Chiangkai Sisavat, 37, escaped from the prison in Serei Saophoan City at about 10 a.m. on Sunday as he and five other inmates finished cutting the grass between the facility’s two perimeter fences, according to warden Hen Sophal.

“He climbed up the outer prison wall to run away, but an officer saw him and alerted colleagues on his radio,” Mr. Sophal said.

A guard recaptured Mr. Sisavat about 100 meters from the outer wall, but he broke free and hid in a nearby thicket as the officer called for backup.

He was found and recaptured following a 20-minute search, Mr. Sophal said, adding that Mr. Sisavat still had five years to serve and would not be punished for the escape attempt.

“The prisoner confessed that he missed his parents, and that he hadn’t planned on trying to escape.”

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