The police department in Limpopo has confirmed that a suspect and alleged killer in the case of murder and attempted murder has cut his way out of custody and is now at large.
Petrus Moyo was arrested in connection with the murder of Dr Werner Emslie, 55 and the attempted murder of his wife. According to the information provided by the South African Police Service on Tuesday, the incident happened in Lephalale. Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said a thorough investigation is underway to ascertain how the suspect was able to break out of the police holding.
“[He] cut the security barriers‚ and our internal probe will uncover [how it happened]‚” Ngoepe said.
The incident leading to the suspect’s escape from his cell is believed to have happened on Monday night. Prior to his escape, Moyo was arrested for allegedly killing the aforementioned doctor and injuring his wife‚ who is also a doctor‚ during a farm attack in September.
The victims were said to be sitting outside their house on a farm in Afguns‚ outside Lephalale‚ when four men allegedly attacked them. Two of them were armed with guns which they didn’t hesitate to use on their victims. This led to the death of the doctor while his wife escaped with serious injuries.
Afterwards, the suspects fled with two guns and the couple’s vehicle‚ which they dumped a short distance away from the scene.
Following a police investigation, Moyo who is also an illegal immigrant from Zimbabwe‚ was later arrested in Free State.
“He was charged with murder‚ housebreaking and theft‚ as well as illegal immigration‚ because it was confirmed that he is in the country illegally‚” Ngoepe explained. “He appeared before the Lephalale Magistrate Court yesterday‚ and his cases were postponed with no bail until 14 December‚ for further police investigation.”
Apparently, the alleged killer could not wait to hear what the court has to say about his numerous crimes.
In the meantime, police have launched a massive manhunt for the escaped prisoner. Anyone with information which may lead to his re-arrest may contact Brigadier Masia on 082 319 9285 or the nearest Police Station or the Crime Stop number 0860010111 or SMS Crime Line on 32211.