Escape bid: prisoner in court

2014-07-21 00:00

A 34-YEAR-OLD man appeared briefly at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday for the attempted murder of a policeman during a dramatic escape bid.

Donavan Williams had been arrested for the alleged attempted robbery of a Pelham supermarket where he attempted to rob cashier Nqobile Zulu at gunpoint on June 26.

He allegedly stabbed Warrant Officer Ernest Zondi and escaped from police custody at Pietermaritzburg (Loop Street) police station on July 13.

Williams allegedly tackled Zondi when he went to check on the cells and wrested the keys away from him, before stabbing him and fleeing into the police station.

He was later arrested with the help of the police K9 unit after they used their dogs to sniff him out of an office in the police station.

In the charge sheet Williams is named as Leonard David/Donaval Williams.

He is also charged with allegedly robbing a couple of R30 000 at gunpoint in College Road on June 10.

Magistrate Nsoaki Nawonde remanded him in police custody until July 23.

Captain Thulani Zwane said Zondi is in a stable condition in hospital.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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