Dunedin police will not reveal how a man, whom they described
as a dangerous criminal, was able to escape from custody at
the Dunedin Central police station this week.
Inspector Greg Sparrow, of Dunedin, said he was not prepared
to disclose details of Tolu Maanaiama's escape at 3.30pm on
''I have commenced a review and in the coming days we should
see if there are opportunities for improvement,'' he said.
Maanaiama (27) fled the police station and was at large in
Dunedin for five hours, before police located him at an
Shortly after Maanaiama escaped custody, Insp Sparrow told
media he was believed to be dangerous and should not be
approached by the public.
In 2005, he was sentenced to four years' jail after the
robbery of a Christchurch dairy with a machete and an
Police located and arrested Maanaiama without incident at
8.30pm on Wednesday.
Maanaiama did not appear yesterday when a Dunedin District
Court registrar remanded him in custody until a later date on
a a charge of escaping custody.