Sugarcane suspect in hospital

2010-02-22 10:51

Durban - Sugarcane serial killer suspect Thozamile Taki is facing a charge of trying to escape from Durban Westville Prison, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Monday.

Director Phindile Radebe said Taki was facing a charge of escaping from lawful custody.

"The other eight suspects who escaped were still at large and police were searching for them. Taki, who was injured during the escape, was still in hospital under police guard," said Radebe.

Taki was seriously injured when he fell while trying to escape from the prison on Sunday afternoon with the eight who managed to escape.

Fell from fourth floor

It was believed that Taki and other prisoners broke through the roof of their cell and he fell from the fourth floor of the building, injuring himself.

Radebe said some of the escapees used a car to flee.

Some of them faced murder, robbery and escape charges, she said.

Taki, who was arrested in September 2007, is accused of killing 13 women and dumping their bodies in sugarcane plantations in Umzinto and tea plantations in Port St Johns. He also faced 13 counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Taki's attempt to escape happened at the time when the State was about to wrap its case against him.

Only eight of the state's 103 witnesses were left to testify.


The National Prosecuting Authority said it was not certain of Taki’s recovery.

"He is still in hospital. We are uncertain of his recovery and whether he will be able to stand trial today [Monday]," said NPA provincial spokesperson Natasha Ramkissoon.

Last week the court heard that Taki pointed out scenes where he allegedly dumped bodies of his victims because he was haunted by what he had done.

The court heard evidence that he had allegedly told police investigators he wanted to point out the scenes so that he could "deal with his sins".

A list of 15 people Taki had allegedly killed was also presented to the court on Thursday.

Two of the people on the list, were those mentioned by Taki when he told investigators about people he had killed in Port St Jones.