Heavy security for Mathe

2013-10-10 00:00

NOTORIOUS criminal and serial escapee Ananias Mathe appeared at the Kokstad Magistrate’s Court yesterday amidst a heavy security presence.

He is facing charges of malicious damage to property after he was caught allegedly attempting to knock a hole in the concrete wall of his cell using a chisel and hammer on Tuesday last week.

It is unknown how Mathe managed to get a hammer and chisel into his prison cell.

The case was postponed to November 7.

Heavily armed police and prison warders arrived early to secure the court, inside and out.

Only the magistrate, prosecutor, Correctional Services security and police were allowed in the court.

Mathe entered via the back entrance of the court and spent about 20 minutes in the court.

He was allegedly just a few bricks away from breaking out of the country’s most secure prison, having made a hole 30cm wide.

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