Cop was around when Moyo walked

2012-04-02 21:25
Pretoria - The Pretoria Magistrate's Court heard on Monday that the investigating officer who was responsible for transporting escape artist Bongani Moyo to and from court was there when he escaped last year.

Moyo was testifying about his escape from the same court on August 10 2011.

He said that when he walked out of the courtroom, the warrant officer who was responsible for transporting him to and from jail was near him.

"When I was leaving and walking out [of court] he was there... he saw me," said Moyo.

Moyo told the court that Warrant Officer Frederick Erasmus was talking to three of his co-accused, not too far from where he was sitting, when he escaped.

He said Erasmus had put his co-accused in a cell, but had left him to sit on a bench outside the cells in the court building.

He claimed that shortly before he escaped, Erasmus threatened to kill him.

"He said I should choose between showing him where Zwane was, if not he would kill me, or that I should just walk out and disappear because he would kill me."

He said Erasmus also told him he would book him when his co-accused were being returned to prison.

Moyo testified that he told Erasmus he did not know who Zwane was and that he could not point him out.

Zwane was apparently the driver of a Quantum who was wanted as a suspect by Erasmus.

Erasmus then apparently walked across to the cells to speak to Moyo's co-accused and allegedly told them that he would kill Moyo.

Moyo said he could not hear Erasmus at the time, but his co-accused, Thabane Sibanda, shouted in their language that Erasmus had just told them he would kill him.

"I got up from the bench, opened the door and walked through court 16 and walked out of the building," said Moyo.

He said Erasmus was there when he left.

Scared

Moyo said he also escaped because he was scared he would be killed as he did not know where or who Zwane was. State prosecutor Werner Gibson asked Moyo why he had not alerted anyone that he was being threatened.

Moyo said Erasmus approached him after his court appearance.

"If he had threatened me before then, I would have raised that issue in court on that day," he replied.

Gibson asked why Moyo had not mentioned in his statements to police following his re-arrest that Erasmus was the one who told him to leave the court.

Moyo said he had given the policeman all the information he was telling the court, but that not all of it was in the written statement.

He said he willingly gave the statement on his escape, but that the police officer who took down his statement did not speak his language.

He said the officer spoke Sepedi or SeTswana which he did not understand well.

Gibson then asked the court for a trial-within-a-trial so that the policeman could be called to testify.

The matter was postponed to May 16.

Several heavily armed policemen stood around the court guarding Moyo whose feet and hands were shackled.

Moyo is on trial for escaping from custody twice last year.

He escaped from the Boksburg prison in March 2011. In August that year he escaped from the Pretoria Magistrate's Court. At the time, he was on crutches and was not handcuffed.

Last month, he escaped from the Pretoria Central prison with two other prisoners, but was caught a short while later.

- SAPA
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