A policeman in Shenzhen who let a female convict escape during hospital treatment when he decided to go to a nearby hotel and take a snooze was sentenced to six months in jail for breach of duty, Southern Weekly reports.
The great escape occurred on September 23 last year when the policeman, surnamed Mai, was placed in charge of watching over the inmate as she underwent treatment for urinary disease at the Shenzhen Armed Police Hospital in the city’s Futian district, SCMP relays.
Mai, 60 at the time, was feeling tired and took off to a nearby hotel for a nap. An auxiliary policewoman was told to keep watch over the inmate, surnamed Qin, who was locked to the hospital bed with ankle chains.
Alas, the policewoman was also feeling a bit drowsy and dozed off outside the ward. Near midnight, nurses entered the room to find that the patient had gotten loose from her ankle chains and escaped.
Qin, who’d been convicted in a 750,000 yuan fraud case, was eventually caught after a three-day manhunt.
Mai faced up to three years or more in jail, but was handed a somewhat light sentence because he was nearing retirement age. His pension and salary, however, were suspended. It’s not clear whether the policewoman was punished.
Earlier this month, three inmates in Heilongjiang province managed to escape their detention center near Harbin after strangling to death a prison guard and walking out in police uniform. All three convicts were eventually recaptured, the last being a 50-year-old man named Gao Yulun, who was given away when he showed up to a family gathering at his niece’s home in Hefu village.
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