Escaped prisoners captured, 5 at large

2013-04-20 20:30
Police. (Nielen de Klerk, News24)

Police. (Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Bloemfontein - Two of the seven prisoners who escaped from the Harrismith prison have been captured, the Free State correctional services department said on Saturday.

Deputy regional commissioner Grace Molatedi said the prisoners had escaped at about 21:00 on Friday.

"Fortunately two of the prisoners have been captured and police are still searching for the other five. The two prisoners were arrested a few hours after they escaped and were captured about 30km from the prison," said Molatedi.

The two prisoners are Ouman Mosia, sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for rape, and Thabiso Moshoadiba, serving ten years for housebreaking.

SABC reported that the prisoners escaped after using a bed frame to break the bars of the cell window.

They also used knotted blankets to make a ladder, it was reported.

All seven prisoners had been sentenced for crimes ranging from rape to robbery, but were awaiting-trial on further charges.

Soon after the escape, the inmates hijacked a vehicle.

Police were informed about their whereabouts and gave chase, SABC reported.

Police said the five remaining prisoners should not be confronted, as they were regarded as dangerous.
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