Prisoner walks out of Mthatha court

After being flown from Cape Town on a police jet, a prisoner escaped from the Mthatha Magistrate’s Court on Friday, Eastern Cape police said.

Mthatha police spokesperson Superintendent Mike Fatyela said Odwa Sithole (23) was appearing in court for crimes including armed robbery, escaping from custody and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

“Sithole walked out of court. The F-court orderly had gone down to the holding cells to do his duties. He had left Sithole sitting in the accused stand,” said Fatyela.

Sithole had been flown from Cape Town by a police jet to attend his cases at Mthatha, said Fatyela.

“A black Volkswagen Polo was used as a getaway car.
The car was reported stolen from the VW plant in Uitenhage in Port Elizabeth last week,” said Fatyela.

Sithole is one of the seven prisoners who made a dash for freedom from the Mthatha police station in July, said Fatyela. He had been rearrested in Cape Town in July.—Sapa

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