Man al­legedly com­mits sui­cide in po­lice cells

Talk of the Town - - News - JON HOUZET

A MAN al­legedly com­mit­ted sui­cide in the Port Al­fred SAPS hold­ing cells last Fri­day after be­ing ar­rested for steal­ing a choco­late.

The man ap­peared in a Mul­tiSe­cu­rity in­ci­dent re­port after be­ing ap­pre­hended for shoplift­ing at High­way Mo­tors/Buddy Burg­ers last Thurs­day night.

Mul­tiSe­cu­rity con­trol room re­ceived a panic sig­nal from the premises at about 8.30pm and dis­patched a re­sponse of­fi­cer. He made con­tact with the cashier, who in­formed him that one of the beg­gars had stolen a choco­late and ran down Bathurst Street to­wards Sta­tion Hill.

The shoplifter was de­scribed as a tall, skinny man. Po­lice joined the search and caught the sus­pect with the help of Mul­tiSe­cu­rity. He was taken back to the shop and handed over to the Port Al­fred po­lice at 9pm.

TotT learned from mem­bers of the com­mu­nity about the man’s death in a po­lice cell be­tween Thurs­day night and Fri­day morn­ing.

Pro­vin­cial po­lice spokesman Cap­tain Khaya Ton­jeni said he was un­able to an­swer our queries and re­ferred us to the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Direc­torate (Ipid), as they had been called to the scene. He de­clined to pro­vide a con­tact num­ber.

TotT was un­able to con­tact Ipid’s Eastern Cape of­fice.

Ipid na­tional of­fice’s act­ing me­dia li­ai­son of­fi­cer Grace Langa said she could not help with TotT’s re­quest as she was see­ing to cater­ing for an event.

Picture: ROB KNOWLES

COLD IN THE SUN: De­spite it be­ing a beau­ti­ful sunny day, Dar­ryl Hooper, left, and Verene Burger dressed warmly to watch the surf­ing at West Beach on Satur­day morn­ing for the first leg of the King of the Kowie completion

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