A suspect arrested in connection with the murder of a doctor and the attempted murder of his wife escaped from police custody after cutting his way out of the police cells, Limpopo police said on Tuesday.
The incident happened in Lephalale, said Lt-Colonel Moatshe’ Ngoepe.
“[He] cut the security barriers and our internal probe will uncover [how it happened],” Ngoepe said.
The suspect, Petrus Moyo was believed to have fled on Monday night.
He was arrested for killing of Dr Werner Emslie and injuring his wife who is also a doctor during a farm attack in September.
Emslie, 55, and his wife were sitting outside their house on a farm at Afguns outside Lephalale when they were allegedly attacked by four men.
Two were armed with guns.
“[They] shot him to death and further shot his 55 year old wife…. She survived the attack with serious injuries,” Ngoepe said.
The suspects fled with two guns and the couple’s vehicle which was found dumped a short distance away.
Moyo was later arrested in the Free State.
“He was charged with murder, house breaking and theft and illegal immigration because it was confirmed that he is in the country illegally,” said Ngoepe.
He is from Zimbabwe.
“He appeared before the Lephalale Magistrate Court yesterday and his cases were postponed until December 14 for further police investigations with no bail,” Ngoepe said.
by Naledi Shange