PMB jail ‘Houdini’ gets life + 59 years

2014-06-25 09:06
Sithembiso Vincent Shabalala (The Witness)

Sithembiso Vincent Shabalala (The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A farmer killer dubbed the Pietermaritzburg ‘Houdini’ because he escaped prison three times, has been sentenced to life and an additional 59 years behind bars.

Sithembiso Vincent Shabalala managed to escape police custody three times, thus earning the title of ‘Houdini’, reported the Daily News.

Shabalala murdered Richmond farmer Rob Anderson in 2012 but was also convicted of assaulting his girlfriend, robbery and escaping police custody.

KwaZulu-Natal transport, community safety and liason MEC Willies Mchunu applauded the sentence  but it was not enough for Anderson’s father who wants the death penalty for Shabalala.

He said his son was in the process of opening a sawmill business when he was killed and after it closed down, 40 people lost their jobs.

In May, The Witness reported that Shabalala escaped from the Ixopo court cells, despite wearing leg irons and handcuffs.

Luckily he was no match for members of the Hawks and Ixopo police officers who responded in “James Bond” style, even smashing a police car through a locked gate in their determination to halt his flight to freedom.

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