Jail director Carlos Welber said: “He left the prison shortly after her, along with other inmates’ wives.
“He’d spent a long time shaving his legs and arms. There was a lot of preparation and premeditation involved in this."
According to Mr Welber, Silva’s wife admitted changing clothes with her husband but claimed she had no idea why he wanted them.
She had to leave wearing his bermuda shorts and another top she had brought in her bag as he wore her blue dress, bra and shoes.
Mr Welber added: “He was the one who demanded her clothes, at least that’s what she’s telling us. Of course we don’t believe her, but that’s her story.
“At the time it was visiting hour and there were more than 150 family members inside the prison. But we’re taking measures to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
“The policeman noticed that the woman was walking funny and looked strange.
“He followed him to the bus station, where two men were waiting on motorbikes to pick him up.
“The policeman approached him and managed to arrest him and bring him back, still dressed as a woman.”