South Africa’s most wanted fugitive Mark Scott-Crossley has been arrested by the police.
His arrest came after his lawyer handed him over to the police in Pretoria on Wednesday.
Scott-Crossley absconded after the police declared him wanted in connection with the attempted murder of one Silence Mabunda. 37-year-old Mabunda, an employee at the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre was allegedly assaulted by the suspect at a shop in Hoedspruit while he was buying airtime there in December.
The victim later opened a case against Mark Scott-Crossley – therein, he divulged that the suspect grabbed and smashed his cellphone, before driving over him in an apparent racist attack.
Police initially believed it was a hit-and-run incident but later opened a case of attempted murder after a thorough investigation.
Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo confirmed the incident by saying:
“It was during the alleged assault‚ that the suspect grabbed Mabunda’s cellphone from him [Mabunda] and threw it to the ground. The suspect then went to his car and allegedly used it to drive over Mabunda.”
Touching on his court appearance, he said “Mark Scott-Crossley will appear in the Hoedspruit Magistrate’s Court on Friday in connection with the attempted murder of Innocent Mabunda. The suspect is alleged to have knocked him over with his car in Hoedspruit. He then apparently reversed over Mabunda as well.”
This is not the first the suspect is rebelling against the law. In 2005, he was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment after he and two of his farm employees hurled a former farm worker‚ Nelson Chisale‚ into a lion enclave.
He appealed his life sentence at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein and his murder conviction was set aside and changed to five years’ imprisonment. He was released on parole in August 2008 and went back to his Hoedspruit farm.