Con­victs re-ar­res­ted af­ter pri­son bre­ak

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Two con­victs from T­hem­ba­let­hu had a brief tas­te of free­dom w­hen they es­ca­ped from the hol­ding cells at the Ge­or­ge Ma­gi­stra­te's Court on Wed­nes­day 27 Sep­tem­ber. Both we­re re-ar­res­ted la­ter that e­ve­ning.

It is be­lie­ved that, with the as­sis­tan­ce of ot­her de­tai­nees, T­hem­be­ki­le Ji­le (26) and A­bon­gi­le Sihlen­ge­la (25) ma­na­ged to free them­sel­ves from their han­d­cuffs and bre­ak through the cei­ling of their cell. Their free­dom was ho­we­ver short-li­ved, as they we­re ap­pre­hen­ded at ap­prox­i­ma­te­ly 22:00.

All court pro­cee­dings we­re put on hold w­hen the es­ca­pe be­ca­me kno­wn and the po­li­ce and snif­fer dogs se­ar­ched the buil­ding. Te­ar gas was al­so u­sed in an at­tempt to find the es­ca­pees and the buil­ding was put on lock­do­wn. Ac­cor­ding to Jo­han Pie­naar, com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons of­fi­cer for the De­part­ment of Cor­recti­o­nal Ser­vi­ces (DCS) in the Sout­hern Ca­pe, Sihlen­ge­la was ar­res­ted by lo­cal po­li­ce in the CBD af­ter he was seen by a mem­ber of the pu­blic and Ji­le was caug­ht in La­waai­kamp by cor­recti­o­nal ser­vi­ces of­fi­cers.

P­re­vi­ous con­victi­ons

Both men are ser­ving out the re­main­der of their sen­ten­ces for p­re­vi­ous con­victi­ons at the Ge­or­ge pri­son af­ter their pa­ro­le had been re­vo­ked. They had to ap­pear in court on Wed­nes­day on char­ges re­la­ting to ot­her of­fen­ces.

Ji­le was pre­vi­ous­ly found guil­ty and sen­ten­ced for hou­se­bre­a­king and theft.

Ge­or­ge He­rald has he­ard that Ji­le was out on pa­ro­le w­hen he com­mit­ted a si­mi­lar c­ri­me, for which he was to ap­pear in court on the day of their es­ca­pe. Sihlen­ge­la was pre­vi­ous­ly found guil­ty of at­temp­ted rob­be­ry and as­sault. He was ar­res­ted a­gain af­ter he vi­o­la­ted his pa­ro­le con­di­ti­ons. He was to ap­pear in court on Wed­nes­day on a char­ge of ra­pe. It is un­cle­ar if the ra­pe occur­red whi­le he was on pa­ro­le. Both men ap­pea­red in the Ge­or­ge Ma­gi­stra­te's Court on 30 Sep­tem­ber on a char­ge of es­ca­ping from la­w­ful cus­to­dy out of pri­son. Their next ap­pea­ran­ce will be on 30 Oc­to­ber for le­gal aid.

A­bon­gi­le Sihlen­ge­la

T­hem­be­ki­le Ji­le

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