Magistrate tries to save suspect in cell

2013-03-11 09:08
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Durban - A Durban magistrate tried desperately to save the life of a suspect in court holding cells, a court official has told.

When Anand Maharaj heard that murder accused Alex Soobben, 61, was in trouble in the holding cells below his court room, he did not hesitate and immediately went to help him, reported the Sunday Tribune.

Maharaj knelt on the dirty cell floor to perform first aid and CPR, trying to revive the dying man.
It was all in vain, however, and Soobben died of cardiac arrest.

“I have newfound respect for him after seeing him in action today. He was determined to revive the prisoner even when it was clear the man was dead,” said a court official who didn’t want to be named.

Soobben, a taxi driver, was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend in 2007. He had been on the run until his arrest in January.

He had been held at Westville Prison.

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