Undertrial Jumps off Witness Box to Escape, Arrested Outside

Undertrial Jumps off Witness Box to Escape, Arrested Outside

Puttur: In a rare instance, an undertrial tried to escape from custody by jumping off the witness box from a court here on Tuesday.

Jayesh had been accused of murdering a woman, Soumya, and her child Jishnu, who were related to them, in Addahole near Shiradi in 2008. Thereafter, he had gone into hiding in Kerala and had also married a woman there.

In 2014, he had a fight with his wife and created a stir by climbing on top of a coconut tree and staying put, thus giving the police there a tough time. When he was brought down and interrogated the story of the double murder had come out.

On hearing about it, the Uppinangady police had taken him into their custody and filed a chargesheet against him. The related case is being heard in the Puttur court. He has been in judicial custody for the past two years.

For court appearance, he had been brought from the Mangaluru jail to the district fifth additional sessions court on Tuesday.

As a witness was being examined and all attention was focused on him, Jayesh took advantage of the situation and jumped off the witness box. Then he ran out of the court room. The escorting police could not do anything except chase him.

As Jayesh reached the Mini Vidhana Soudha, an advocate coming to the court recognized him and caught him with the help of the public.

After the court proceedings, a fresh case of escape was filed against him and he was taken back to the Mangaluru jail.

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