Escaped inmate shot dead after jumping into unguarded security vehicle

2015-07-13 13:19
The private security vehicle that an inmate used during his escape. (Intelligence Bureau SA Facebook page)

The private security vehicle that an inmate used during his escape. (Intelligence Bureau SA Facebook page)

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Cape Town - After escaping from the Losperfontein Prison in Brits at the weekend, an inmate apparently jumped into an unguarded private security company’s vehicle while they were tracking him in the bush.

It has emerged that 41-year-old Floyd Mabena, who was serving a life sentence, previously tried to escape from prison twice in 1999.

“We were called to assist in the search of the prisoner on Sunday morning and once our guys were on the way they spotted someone, who fitted the description, in the bushes,” PPS Moniteering en Reaksie owner Quinton Dunn told News24 on Monday.

“In their haste, they jumped out the vehicle, grabbed the dogs and started tracking.”

Mabena apparently moved through the bushes and made a U-turn back to the road, where the company’s vehicles stood unguarded.

“He ran to the vehicles and one of them still had the keys in.”

The inmate drove off and PPS used the tracking device in the vehicle to locate him.

Captain Paul Ramaloko said a chase ensued on the N4 as the inmate was driving towards Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria.

“He was shot at after he pointed a toy gun at security guards who were chasing him. Paramedics confirmed him dead on the scene.”

Sarie Peens, the correctional services spokesperson for the region, said Mabena managed to escape during the morning unlock on Sunday - when offenders are counted and go for breakfast, to church service or receive visitors.

“He managed to get out to the reception area where he took officials in the reception office hostage,” she said on Monday.

“All our emergency team members and other staff from Losperfontein were immediately alerted.”

According to Ramaloko, Mabena threatened two prison warders with a knife and toy gun, tied their hands and robbed them of a cell key.

“He then undressed a male warder and put his uniform on before unlocking the high security door and escaping."

Police say the former Mamelodi East resident was serving time for murder, two robberies and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. All the crimes were committed in Gauteng.

However, Peens said he had served 13 years of his life sentence for attempted murder with aggravating circumstances and two robberies with aggravating circumstances.

A case of escape from lawful custody and hijacking was registered at Brits police station. A murder case was registered at the Akasia police station to investigate the shooting, allegedly by a security guard.

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