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Violent suspect wounds cop with an axe

ILLUSTRATION: Axe man

A threat to kill suspect who assaulted a cop with an axe while resisting arrest, is back in custody after escaping from a police escort last week.

According to Kang police the 26-year-old suspect of Gasekgalo ward in Motokwe was arraigned for a threat to kill matter before Jwaneng Magistrates’ Court where he was remanded in custody.

The accused had allegedly threatened to stab his elder brother with a knife the previous Friday evening after he arrived home drunk and the brother managed to escape and spent the night at their uncle’s place.

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While being transported to Tshane State Prison, the suspect requested the two male police officers who were escorting him to pass by his place at Motokwe so he could collect his medication.

Upon arrival at home, the handcuffed suspect who was expected to collect medication from the house bolted from the police escort and disappeared in the bush.

Later after the police called for backup to search for the suspect at his grandmother’s place, he allegedly came out armed with an axe and hit one of the police officers the hand.

Fortunately the other police officers managed to overpower and arrest the violent suspect.

Kang police station commander, Superintendent Elias Magosi, confirmed the incident further disclosing that the wounded police officer was taken to the clinic where he was treated and discharged.

In addition to the threat to kill charge, the accused is likely to face three more charges of unlawful wounding, resisting arrest and escape from lawful custody.

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