Cape Town police are looking for Phelo Mtala, a convicted triple murderer that managed to slip away from custody at the Wynberg High Court.
As reported by IOL News, Mtala was, on Monday, transported from the Pollsmoor Maximum prison to the Southern Suburbs court to appear for an attempted murder case.
What was Phelo Mtala in court for?
The suspect was already serving his sentence for three counts of murder in the first degree, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
This court appearance was related to attempted murder charges that were laid against him in 2016. The State believes that Mtala was the gunman in the shootings of Mthetheleli Mkanda, Sizwe Madinga and his mother.
How convicted triple murderer escaped from Wynberg High Court
However, before his matter could be heard, Mtala somehow found an opportunity to free himself from custody. It is believed that the suspect, by chance, responded to calls for a prisoner that was scheduled for release.
He allegedly appeared before the judge where his release was mistakenly ordered, and he walked out of the Wynberg court a free man.
Police spokesperson, Captain FC Van Wyk noted that authorities were only alerted of Mtala’s escape well after he had slipped away.
“Members noticed that the mentioned suspect, who was brought from Pollsmoor Maximum, was nowhere to be found. The prisoner was supposed to appear in court and then return to Pollsmoor. Police are in pursuit of the suspect and the investigation continues,” he said.
“Fugitive considered dangerous” – Cape police
Cape Town police are under extreme pressure to apprehend Mtala as soon as possible, as he is considered an extreme danger to society.
Captain Van Wyk confirmed that the police have put all resources into finding him. Moreover, arrangements have been made to protect the witnesses that were assisting the State with the attempted murder case.