A 50-year-old man from Qeteon Village, South East of Gaua Island, is wanted by police after escaping from their custody.

Harry Sandy has been a person of interest since June, 2021, the police media reported. Further information confirmed by police are that he escaped while under remand in Port Vila, went to Santo and later to his home island.

He is facing charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a child under his care, and sexual intercourse without consent.

He was arrested on January 27, 2022 in Sola and was supposed to appear before the court yesterday, February 1. According to police, Sandy escaped while awaiting to be escorted by police to Santo for his court hearing.

He managed to flee from the police in the early hours of January 28 and is currently on the run with his wife.

He is considered a threat to the communities, as he threatens to injure anyone with a knife if he is being sighted and reported to the police.

The Vanuatu Police Force is appealing to locals in TORBA, particularly skippers to report any sightings of Sandy urgently, as he is considered a dangerous person.