Cops find escaped murder suspect

2012-02-26 07:43

Johannesburg - A man who escaped from police custody was arrested in Mohlahlaneng village in Limpopo, police said on Sunday.

Raymond Deka, 36, was arrested on Saturday night at a relative's home where he was hiding, lieutenant colonel Mohale Ramatseba said.

He was the last of the six men rearrested after they escaped from the Malipsdrift police cells on February 5.

Deka was expected to appear in court on Monday, said Ramatseba.

The fifth escapee, Patrick Makgolane, 28, was rearrested earlier this week in Madiphahleng village after police were tipped off.

He was initially arrested in connection with attempted murder and robbery, was expected to appear soon in the Malipsdrift Magistrate's Court.

The fourth escapee, Kenneth Mohlatlole, was rearrested at a tavern in Mashite village, Ga Mphahlele, on February 18 around 11:30, said Ramatseba.

He was found in possession of a firearm stolen from a police officer during the escape. At the time, he was being held for robbery and attempted murder.

Mohlatlole, 36, was allegedly involved in three incidents of assault, on the morning he was arrested, in Mashite before his arrest.

He was expected to appear soon in the Thabamoopo Magistrate's Court.

The three other escapees, Mpho Matsimela, 35, Pontsho Maisela, 29, and Isaac Deka, 30, were rearrested on February 12.

  • Ken - 2012-02-26 07:50

    Was Raymond Deka's relative arrested for harbouring a fugitive ?

      Francois - 2012-02-26 09:11

      Ken, I think we have once again witnessed a piece of 1) bad journalism and 2) bad policework. Nobody has come forward and said what led to his escape - was it bad training of the police, good bribing of the police? Your comment should have been in the article. If it was bad police work, the journalist should have said: The police cannot confirm further investigation into those who assisted the suspect. It should also have been stated: Further investigations into how he escaped is continuing. And either Jeff or Nathi should have said: "We have once again failed you in letting a murder suspect back into society."

  • Sharon - 2012-02-26 07:55

    Why go through the trouble of escaping? He will probably be out on bail next week and will be able to rob and murder for the next 5 years before his case comes to court.

  • Nigel - 2012-02-26 09:04

    did they catch Malema? I didn't know he escaped

  • sm1012 - 2012-02-26 09:13

    Good Work on Tracing Unit and the Intelligence...above all thanks to tip-off by the our Community. These bastards do not belong on our daily street life and activities...THUGS.

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