A CONVICTED violent sex attacker originally from Fiji has been caught after a day on the run in New Zealand.
Sumit Narayan escaped from Tongariro's minimum security Rangipo Prison, near Turangi, in the central North Island.
Inspector Earle McIntosh told the New Zealand Herald Narayan told a Turangi man that they had been rafting but had lost their friends.
Mr McIntosh said police surrounded the house before finding Narayan and a convicted murderer, whom he escaped with, in bed. He said they were arrested without incident.
Both appeared in the Taupo District Court yesterday, charged with escaping from custody.
Corrections staff noticed the pair missing on Wednesday and police warned the public not to approach the pair.
Narayan was convicted of aggravated robbery and unlawful sexual connection in 2002 after committing a series of brutal and degrading acts on a prostitute.
On November 12, 2000, he robbed one sex worker he had lured into his car on the pretext of giving him oral sex.
Later the same evening he picked up another woman and also robbed her. When she escaped from his car, he pulled her back by her hair at knifepoint.
He forced her to give him oral sex and performed various acts on her, including defecating on her face and sodomising her.