Parolee mistaken for 'intruder' allegedly killed by Free State prison officials

2016-12-02 16:07

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Bloemfontein – A parolee was beaten to death, allegedly by prison warders, when he tried to break into the Virginia prison, the correctional services department said on Friday.

The night duty patrol at the Virginia Correctional Centre noticed an intruder trying to break into the residential quarters on Thursday, the department said in a statement.

They tried to apprehend him, but he ran away. Shots were fired, and he was caught.

Officials allegedly assaulted him and he died in hospital. The man was not an inmate at the prison and had been released on parole on September 21. He had no reason to be there.

It emerged later that the man had other parole violations. His previous convictions included housebreaking. His name was not released.

Correctional services commissione Zach Modise said a high-level investigation would be conducted and action would be taken against any warders found guilty of involvement in the man’s death.

“We want to convey our condolences to the family and relatives of the deceased. We welcome the swift action taken by the police in this matter. I am personally disappointed and shocked about this extreme criminality and thuggery.  

“Those found guilty of this brutal act must face the full might of the law. We will not tolerate any type of unlawful behaviour by officials who are supposed to uphold the law.”

Modise visited the prison on Friday to obtain first-hand information about the circumstances of the parolee’s death.

 

 

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