‘Lion Man’ Scott-Cross­ley hands him­self in

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - GETRUDE MAKHAFOLA

WANTED man Mark Scot­tCross­ley has been ar­rested in Pre­to­ria af­ter be­ing on the run since De­cem­ber, Lim­popo po­lice said yesterday.

“The sus­pect will be trans­ported to Lim­popo to face a charge of at­tempted mur­der,” said spokesman Bri­gadier Mot­lafela Mo­japelo.

“He will ap­pear be­fore Hoedspruit Mag­is­trate’s Court soon.”

Game farmer Scott-Cross­ley, dubbed the “Lion Man” af­ter he made head­lines when he threw an em­ployee into a lion cage, had been a wanted man af­ter po­lice is­sued a war­rant for his ar­rest on De­cem­ber 21.

In 2004, Scott-Cross­ley was con­victed of mas­ter­mind­ing the pre­med­i­tated mur­der of farm worker Nel­son Chisale by throw­ing him to li­ons.

While in­car­cer­ated, Scott-Cross­ley was also charged with as­sault­ing a fel­low in­mate, Ja­cobus Cordier, at the Bar­ber­ton max­i­mum se­cu­rity in De­cem­ber 2006.

The Bar­ber­ton Mag­is­trate’s Court found him guilty of assault and sen­tenced him to a fine of R4 000 or two years’ imprisonment. He paid the fine. Last year, Scott-Cross­ley al­legedly at­tacked a wildlife cen­tre worker and smashed his cell­phone be­fore run­ning him over twice with a ve­hi­cle.

The em­ployee, Si­lence Mabunda, was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal af­ter the in­ci­dent.

Nu­mer­ous at­tempts by Lim­popo po­lice to find Scott-Cross­ley drew a blank.

He was sus­pected of hav­ing left the prov­ince when his lawyer turned up at the Hoedspruit po­lice sta­tion to try to “ar­range bail” for his client last week.

Po­lice turned away the lawyer and told him Scott-Cross­ley would not be given pref­er­en­tial treat­ment, and would be charged like ev­ery­one else. – ANA

PIC­TURE: BATHINI MBATHA

AC­CUSED OF ASSAULT: Mark Scott-Cross­ley

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