Prison escapee found hiding in house ceiling

23:02, Feb 23 2012

An escaped prisoner has been recaptured after police found him hiding in the ceiling of a house in Taupo.

Jamie Paamu Hughes, 29, appeared in Taupo District Court this morning after three days on the run.

Hughes walked away from a forestry work party at Tongariro Rangipo Prison on Tuesday and hotwired a Corrections Department truck and fled to Taupo.

Police found him last night hiding in the ceiling of a house.

Hughes is charged with escaping from prison custody, theft of a Corrections Department vehicle and driving while forbidden.

He entered no plea and was remanded  in custody to March 1.

Before his escape Hughes was serving a sentence for domestic violence.

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