Zim mur­der sus­pect es­capes jail in SA

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

A ZIM­BAB­WEAN man who was re­cently ar­rested in South Africa in con­nec­tion with the mur­der of a doc­tor and the at­tempted mur­der of his wife in the neigh­bour­ing coun­try es­caped from po­lice cus­tody af­ter cut­ting his way out of the po­lice cells on Mon­day night.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, South African Po­lice Ser­vices spokesper­son Lieu­tenant-Colonel Moat­she Ngoepe, said the in­ci­dent oc­curred in Lepha­lale‚ in South Africa.

“Po­lice in Lepha­lale have launched a mas­sive man­hunt for the await­ing trial pris­oner who es­caped last (Mon­day) night on the Novem­ber 13, 2017 in the Lepha­lale Po­lice Sta­tion hold­ing cells.

“This es­capee Petrus Moyo aged, 27 years old was ar­rested for the killing of Dr Werner Em­slie and in­jur­ing his wife who is also a doc­tor dur­ing a farm at­tack in Septem­ber 2017,” he said.

Lt-Col Ngoepe said Moyo had ap­peared be­fore the Lepha­lale Mag­is­trates’ Court on Mon­day af­ter­noon and his cases were post­poned un­til De­cem­ber 14, for fur­ther Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions with no bail.

“The ar­rest of this es­capee em­anated from an in­ci­dent which oc­curred on the Septem­ber 20, 2017 at about 8pm, where Dr Werner Em­slie, aged 55, was sit­ting out­side the house on his farm at Af­guns out­side Lepha­lale when four un­known men, two armed with pis­tols (hand­guns) at­tacked and shot him to death and fur­ther shot his 55-year-old wife who is also a doc­tor.

“She sur­vived the at­tack with se­ri­ous in­juries and was im­me­di­ately taken to the hos­pi­tal for med­i­cal treat­ment,” he said.

Dur­ing this in­ci­dent, the sus­pects took two pis­tols and drove away in Dr Em­slie’s white Toy­ota dou­ble cab ve­hi­cle. The ve­hi­cle was later found aban­doned a dis­tance away from this house.

Lt-Col Ngoepe said fol­low­ing this in­ci­dent, a man­hunt by a po­lice task team com­posed of var­i­ous Po­lice units en­sued un­til Moyo was ar­rested on Oc­to­ber 18 this year, at Frank­fort in the Free State Prov­ince.

“He was charged with mur­der, house­break­ing and theft and il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion be­cause it was con­firmed that he is in the coun­try il­le­gally,” he said.

On Mon­day night, Moyo cut the se­cu­rity bar­ri­ers and es­caped.

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