One of the escaped awaiting trial prisoners Petrus “Small” Moyo, was rearrested yesterday afternoon at about 20 kilometres from the crime scene, at ga-Mushi village.
The rearrest emanated from a massive manhunt by the Police in Villa Nora outside Lephalale following the escape of two awaiting trial prisoners during an incident which occured in the early hours of the morning on 2018-08-17.
It is alleged that the Police were transporting prisoners from Lephalale to Polokwane. Along the way, near Steilloop in the Marken road, the duo cut open the roof of a moving Police truck, jumped out and vanished in the nearby bushes. The local Police were summoned and the manhunt ensued.
The two(02) escapees who are both Zimbabwean Nationals, have been identified as follows:
- Petrus “Small” Moyo aged 28 arrested for killing Dr Werner Emslie and injuring his wife a Doctor also during a farm attack in September 2017.
It is alleged that on 20-09-2017 at about 20:00, Dr Werner Emslie by then aged 55 was sitting outside the house on his farm outside Lephalale when four(04) unknown men, two armed with pistols (hand guns) attacked and shot him to death and further shot his 55 year old wife who is also a Doctor. She survived the attack with serious injuries and was immediately taken to the hospital for medical treatment.
During this incident ,the suspects took two hand guns(pistols) and drove away with Dr Emslie’s white new Toyota double cab bakkie. The vehicle was later found abandoned a distance away from the victim’s home.
Following this incident, a manhunt by a Dedicated Police Task Team composed of various Police Units ensued until he was arrested on Wednesday 2017-10-18 at Frankfort in the Free State Province.
He was charged with murder, house breaking and theft and Illegal Immigration because it was confirmed that he is in the Country illegally.
- Witness Simango aged 33 arrested for a series of house robberies.
It is alleged that on 2018-07-11 around 17:30 four suspects broke into Leadwood Nature Reserve and tied up two housemates. The suspects ransacked the house and broke into a safe where they got away with firearms and a number of items. The suspect and his three accomplices were shortly arrested following intensive investigations.The accused were also linked to other cases of house robberies and burglary residence around Lephalale and surrounding policing areas.
Anyone with information which can lead to the re-arrest of the remaining escapee, may contact Detective Warrant Officer Oosie Oosthuizen at 082 783 5623 or the crime stop number 08600 10111 or the crime Line sms 32211 or the nearest Police Station.
The Police investigations are still continuing.