8 Oct 2015

Samoan prisoner flees to Australia

7:24 am on 8 October 2015

The police in Samoa are seeking help from their counterparts in Australia to deport a prisoner on the run who managed to escape there.

Valufitu Fiu Uolilo, who was serving a two year sentence for causing actual bodily harm and armed with a dangerous weapon, escaped from Tafaigata prison in August.

The assistant Commissioner of the Prison Authority, Ulugia Niua Aumua, says the police are investigating several people who are accused of helping Uolilo to escape.

"The police are dealing with the other government organisations or border control ministries and agencies to see how this guy was able to actually leave the country, a huge security for Samoa that we need to address."

Ulugia says the New South Wales police have located the area the escaped prisoner is living with some relatives.

The prison authorities are confident the problem of prisoners escaping from jail will be solved once the proposed new prison in Tanumalala is built.

Entrance to Tafa'igata Prison in Samoa.

Entrance to Tafa'igata Prison in Samoa. Photo: Tafa'igata / youtube