MISCOMMUNICATION by police led to a man who was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment being released.
Josua Naivalu on Monday was convicted of theft and burglary and was yesterday sentenced to 10 months in jail for each count to be served concurrently.
After the sentence, Naivalu walked out of the courtroom.
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro yesterday confirmed that Naivalu was now at large as a result of miscommunication by police.
"All attention is now focused on recapturing the escapee," she said.
Police is appealing to members of the public for assistance and anyone with information should contact the nearest police station.
In his mitigation, Naivalu had said he was married with one child and was remorseful for his actions.
In passing sentence magistrate Shagit Somaratne said: "This court has the power to suspend a sentence which is below two years.
"From your previous convictions list, I note that you have a history of committing similar kind of offences.
"Therefore, I do not find any reason to suspend your sentence which also would be a wrong signal to society."