Father returns fugitive son

2015-12-04 10:22
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Pietermaritzburg - A father whose son was wanted for escaping from the Camperdown Magistrate’s Court while in custody on Wednesday, handed his son back to the police.

The police are still on the hunt for two other men who attacked an officer before escaping from the holding cells at the court on Wednesday.

Two of the four men who appeared at the Camperdown court are still on the run, while the other two have been rearrested.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese said two men who appeared at the court on charges of possessing a stolen vehicle overpowered a police officer while they were being escorted back to the court’s holding cells. It is believed the men managed to get hold of the cell door key and unlocked the door, allowing another two detainees to escape.

The officer was locked in the cell as the four men fled the court. “The officer was not injured,” Ngobese said.

In an effort to find the man, various police units teamed up with members from Achiever’s Security and Magma Security to hunt down the men.

Ngobese said one man was arrested on Wednesday afternoon, a few hours after the incident took place.

Also on Wednesday, another man was hauled into the Camperdown police station by a man who Ngobese described as the suspect’s biological father.

It is believed the man’s father handed his son to the police after he was made aware of what had happened.

Both men reappeared in the Camperdown Magistrate’s Court yesterday, facing additional charges of escaping.

According to Ngobese, the men were not granted bail and taken into custody.

“The police are still on the hunt for the remaining two men,” Ngobese said.

“We also commend the man’s parent for bringing his son back to the police station. This shows that the community are willing to assist the police in the fight against crime, regardless of who the suspect is,” Ngobese said.

A source close to the investigation said the hunt for the men lasted almost 12 hours from the time they escaped at about 10 am. The source said members of the team used their informant network to trace on the men to the Otweba area outside Camperdown. “We headed out there at about 3 pm and found two of the suspects hiding in a house. When they saw us, they started to flee and we gave chase,” the source said.

The first suspect was then caught and the source said that in order to locate the second man, police went directly to his family and urged them to hand the man over if he makes any contact.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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