High Court: escapee found guilty of cop’s death

2010-09-16 00:00

A 36-YEAR-OLD man from Imbali, Sunny Michael Mgwaba, has been found guilty by the high court in Pietermaritzburg of murdering a police officer when he and a companion escaped from Loop Street police cells in 2000.

In evidence at his trial, Mgwaba claimed that he was compelled out of fear for his life to join fellow prisoner Linda Dlamini when the two escaped from the cells.

He said that after he saw Dlamini shoot the policeman, Sibusiso Bhengu, he feared Dlamini could shoot him as well, and obeyed Dlamini’s instructions to flee with him and board a taxi. The two men went into hiding in Durban and Johannesburg.

Dlamini, who is already serving a life sentence for Bhengu’s murder, testified for the state against Mgwaba and alleged Mgwaba shot the policeman.

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