Jailbird brought back by  relatives within 24 hrs

By Norman Palihawadana

A talented prisoner who bolted from his guardians at Welikada on Wednesday and rushed home in a three wheeler to see his sick mother in Ragama was brought back to the prison yesterday morning by his relatives.

Cyril Rodrigo alias Art Suda as his pet name suggests, is an artist of repute who is much sought after when it comes to erecting Wesak pandals, gave the slip to his guards while he and several other prisoners were deployed to beautify the front of the prison on Baseline Road.

The man who is serving a sentence for a drug offence is now likely to be slapped with an extension of his sentence for his temporary escape, prison sources said.

They said police will also be called upon to trace the tri-shaw driver who transported him knowing very well that he was a prisoner as he had been clad in the standard prison jumper at the time of his escape.

There is also an internal prison inquiry to ascertain whether Cyril had any inside help.

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