Limpopo escapee re-arrested

2012-02-19 20:10

Johannesburg - A robbery accused who escaped from the Malipsdrift police cells has been re-arrested, Limpopo police said on Sunday

"He is one of the six awaiting trial prisoners who escaped from police cells after overpowering a police officer," said Lieutenant Colonel Mohale Ramatseba.

He said Kenneth Mohlatlole, 36, was arrested at a tavern at Mashite village-Ga Mphahlele around 23:00 on Saturday night.

He was found in possession of a firearm which belonged to the officer he overpowered during his escape on February 5.

At the time, he was being held for alleged attempted murder and robbery.

On Saturday, Mohlatlole allegedly committed three armed robberies and three assaults with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

"It is alleged the victims were robbed of their cellphones and hit severely with the firearm," said Ramatseba.

Mohlatlole was expected to appear in the Thabamoopo Magistrate's Court soon on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition as well as armed robbery and assault.

Police had also arrested another three of the men who escaped from the station at the same time as Mohlatlole.

They had been awaiting trial for alleged murder, stock theft and assault, said Ramtseba.