Awaiting trial prisoners kill cop inside cells

2015-06-06 12:31

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Durban - A police officer has been killed by awaiting trial prisoners in the holding cells at the Esikhaleni police station, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Saturday.

The 54-year-old warrant officer, who was a cell commander, was allegedly strangled on Friday afternoon inside the cells, spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker  said.

"They allegedly strangled him with a blanket until he lost consciousness.

"He was taken to hospital for medical attention, however he passed away a short while later," said Naicker.

Five men, who were awaiting trial for armed robbery and housebreaking cases would be charged with the officer's murder.

KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni condemned the killing saying this was a senseless act committed by those who have no respect for the law.

"I wish to extended my deepest condolences to the family of our deceased colleague.

"We will ensure that his killers get what they deserve by ensuring that the case is thoroughly investigated before the matter goes for trial," she said.

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