19 Jul 2004

Senior judge in Samoa calls for new top security prison

7:19 am on 19 July 2004

A senior district court judge in Samoa says the country needs a new top security prison.

Justice Vui Clarence Nelson says the new jail should be built before another prisoner escapes and commits a crime.

Justice Nelson made his remark while sentencing what he called an incorrigible offender.

Peika Pesa, who's 25, of Vaipua on Savai'i Island, was jailed for a total of four years, after admitting 15 charges related to breaking and entering - while he was on the run.

He was serving time for similar offences before he escaped from a police vehicle in Apia in January.

Justice Nelson said offenders such as Pesa needed to be detained in a maximum security prison.