Awaiting trial prisoner commits suicide

2016-03-25 06:00

HARDING SAPS are investigating an inquest after­ a prisoner, Philani Sikhosana (36), awaiting trial was found hanging in a holding cell.

The prisoner was recently arrested for being in possession of an illegal firearm and had only appeared at the Harding Court once on 14 March.

Police spokesperson Captain Gerald Mfeka said the suspect was to appear in court again on Tuesday this week.

“The reason behind his suicide is still unknown as he had not left any letter or anything,” said Mfeka.
“The suspect was alone in the cell as he was awaiting trial. The strange thing is that he used an elastic string to hang himself, but we do not know where he got it,” said Mfeka.

Its suspected that the elastic string could have been from his clothes.
Members of the family have been notified about his death.

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