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New witness for Moyo escape trial

2012-04-02 15:36

Pretoria - The trial against serial escapee Bongani Moyo was postponed by the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday.

State prosecutor Werner Gibson asked the court for a trial within a trial when his cross-examination of Moyo revealed that another witness would be requested to testify in court.

Moyo was giving his version of events of August 10 last year when he escaped from the Pretoria Magistrate's Court after a brief court appearance. Moyo was on crutches at the time.

Gibson said the information that Moyo was giving in court on Monday conflicted with statements he had given to police following his re-arrest after escaping from the Pretoria Court.

Language

Moyo claimed that the statements that were brought to court were made by him but he added that there was information which had been left out.

He said the police officer who took his statement at the time did not speak his language and he did not understand certain questions he had been asked.

Gibson then asked the court to bring the said police officer to court to testify in the trial.

The trial was postponed to May 16 and Moyo would remain in custody.

He is on trial for escaping custody twice last year.

He broke out of the Boksburg prison in March 2011. In August that year he escaped from the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

He escaped from Pretoria Central prison with two other prisoners last month but was caught.