Suspect escaped before appearing in court

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The police in Mpumalanga are searching for a male suspect who escaped from lawful custody in the holding cells at Emakhazeni Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 25 August 2022.Karabo Chiloane (29) is reported to have been attending court after being initially arrested in connection with a murder which occurred at Machadodorp in November 2020. He was also charged with various charges, including attempted murder, hijacking and business robbery which were carried out in Machadodorp as well.

Mpumalanga Police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said police members who were on duty indicated that inmates were reportedly being transported from Middelburg Prison to attend court at Emakhazeni Magistrate’s Court at around 09h30 am.

“When other inmates were being accompanied to the holding cell by the court orderlies, it is alleged that Chiloane somehow got inside a consultation room next to the holding cell without being noticed. Later around 10h15 am when the court orderlies went to fetch him so that he could appear in court, it was then realised that he had gone awol”.

Mohlala added that a case of escape from lawful custody was immediately opened with an additional charge of aiding an inmate to escape. Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding how Chiloane managed to escape meanwhile police are still in pursuit of him.

“Preliminary investigation has since revealed that a padlock at one of the burglar door was missing immediately after it was realised that he made his way to an undue freedom”.

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