Three escaped prisoners caught at their homes

2015-06-09 18:56


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Johannesburg - Three of the seven awaiting trial prisoners that overpowered police officers and escaped from the Lenasia Magistrate's Court have been found at their respective homes, Gauteng police said on Tuesday. 

"Brendon Paul and Luvesh Veerasmy have been re-arrested at Lenasia and Mpho Ramatsoale was arrested at Ennerdale," Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said. 

"They had gone back to their homes [after the escape]."

The three and Johnson Leroy, Dumisani Selepe and Thabiso Sebelwane appeared in the court on Monday on charges of housebreaking and theft, while Romeo Beukes appeared on a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances. 

Dlamini said that after they appeared "the prisoners overpowered police officers working at the court cells and broke the main door to make their escape".

He said the three would appear in the same court again on Wednesday on charges of escaping from custody. 

"It will then be remanded to the date they were supposed to appear for the other charges."

Police were still searching for the other four. 

Dlamini said a team of detectives and crime intelligence officers were deployed to trace the men after the escape.

"An internal investigation is also being conducted to establish if the escape of these prisoners was through negligence or not," he said.

"Anyone who may have assisted the prisoners to escape will face a criminal case as well as disciplinary actions that may result in being discharged from the service."

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