By The Nation
Department chief Narat Sawettanan on Sunday said the Sukhothai Prison was a small facility that normally had 50 officers working, but had only three guards on the weekend night shift when the jailbreak occurred.
Pol Lt-Colonel Narong Utbuawong of Muang Sukhothai Police Station said Surasak Mora, 41, and Chainarong Art-pan, 33, escaped from the prison at around 8pm on Saturday.
Narat said if the prison director couldn’t bring them back in 48 hours, he would face a transfer to an inactive post at the central department. A fact-finding panel has been set up to probe the jailbreak, which might have had accomplices helping the two fugitives.
The two inmates apparently slipped out of the jail at night by climbing up their detention cell’s ceiling shaft and scaling down the east-side prison fence using a rope made from torn blankets.
One of the escapees then stole a motorcycle parked in front of a nearby house with a key still in the ignition hole, according to homeowner Krongthong Sangthong who ran out when she heard the motorcycle engine start but it was too late.
Chainarong was jailed for possession of 43.6 grams of “ice” and Surasak for possession of 16,000 methamphetamine pills.