Suspect who conned his way out of custody rearrested

2015-08-20 20:14
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Durban - A man accused of a string of burglaries, and who went free after convincing court officials he was someone else was rearrested on Thursday, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

"Mduduzi Blessing Zama's dreams of freedom were short lived as the police net closed around him at midday today [Thursday] and he was rearrested," Colonel Jay Naicker said in a statement.

Members of the Scottsburgh community policing forum (CPF) spotted the 27-year-old and alerted the detective task team and the crime prevention unit.

"The members immediately galvanised into action and, accompanied by colleagues from the Port Shepstone tactical response team, Scottburgh SAPS, the Umzinto K9 unit and members of the CPF, they formed a human cordon around the premises,"  he said.

"It is alleged that Zama caught sight of them and attempted to make a break for it, but he underestimated the... K9 unit members and patrol dogs. Within moments, they had him pinned to the ground, despite him fighting back and struggling to break free and escape."

He was bitten on the hand and leg by the dogs during the arrest, said Naicker.

On August 11, Zama was at the Scottburgh Magistrate's Court facing several charges of housebreaking when he allegedly misrepresented himself as another accused who had paid a fine for a drug related offence and was released.

He now faces a further charge of escaping from custody.

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