THE ESCAPED PRISONER
HELD BY GARAGE OWNER
REARRESTED AT POKENO,
(By Telegraph.—Press Association.) AUCKLAND, This Day.
Advice was received by the police last night that Thomas Smith, the prisoner who escaped by leaping from a train in the Parnell tunnel yesterday, had been recaptured at Pokeno, about forty miles away. . The capture was brought about by a resident of Pokeno notifying an adjacent police party that he had a suspect as passenger in his car, and was keeping the car held up on pretences that the engine needed adjustment. The police surrounded the building, and one of them entering recognised Smith, who surrendered quietly.; He had secured a partial change of clothing, and had £12 on him. He l)ad a scar on the right hand and abrasions on the right knee and shinbone. The prisoner was brought to Auckland last night. HOW HE GOT AWAT. When Smith and James Moyne were on their way to appear at Rotorua to answer a charge of theft of they were in a special compartment reserved for them and their escprt, Sergeant Hammond. On entering the Newmarket tunnel, Smith was permitted to enter a convenience without handcuffs, Constablo Johnstpn- keeping one foot in the doorway. Smith gave: the constable's foot a terrific kick, locked the door, smashed the ■ window, and jump- ! ed out of the carriage. , Information was conveyed to the Auckland station and two police' cars and several hired motor-cars filled with police were rushed to the Domain ady jacent t6 the tunnel, and every point was guarded. The search was continued all night.* The police were kep^ informed from time to time of the route Smith had taken, and of the'fact that Lj had changed into a dark tweed suit. About 7.30 o'clock last nigh.t, Smith asked Mr. Brown, the proprietor of a motor garage at Pokeno, to drive him to Paeroa, but Brown recognised Smith as the escaped prisoner, and conveyed the information to the police. . • "IT I HAD KNOWN." Smith appeared'at the Police Court this morning, charged with having es- • caned from custody, and was remanded till ,4th March. '::.■:'
"It \was unfortunate about the death of Constable Begg," he said. "If I had known such an accident might happen I would,never 1 have got away. However, it's done nojv,.ancl what's done can't be undone. I've jnade this bed for myself, so I suppose I will have to lie in it." :
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RECAPTURED, Evening Post, Volume CXI, Issue 48, 25 February 1926
RECAPTURED Evening Post, Volume CXI, Issue 48, 25 February 1926
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