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Suspect fatally wounded in East London court

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A man (25) was fatally wounded in the East London Magistrate’s Court yesterday, after he allegedly jumped out of the witness box with a knife in his hand.

Police spokesperson, Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana, said it is alleged that at about 10:45 the deceased man was supposed to appear before the Court for a case in 2018 where he allegedly tried to escape from prison.

“According to the reports, he was appearing in court and being cross-examined, when he allegedly jumped out of the witness box with a knife in his hand. It is alleged that a firearm shot was heard during this incident. It is not clear how the alleged knife found its way into the court,” said Kinana.

He added that the deceased was later certified dead by the paramedics.

According to Kinana, the circumstances surrounding the incident would form part of the investigation. "An inquest docket has been opened.”

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