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Pietermaritzburg - Police shot and killed a prisoner at the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Thursday after the man attacked two officers, biting one in the throat and another on the hand.
Siseklo Mathebula was being escorted to court where he was to face judgment on a murder charge.
In 2008, he had allegedly shot dead a Captain Nkabinde, of Madadeni, and robbed him of his vehicle.
He was arrested soon after the shooting.
Midlands police spokeswoman Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the courtroom attack happened at about 8am.
She said the two policemen had fetched Mathebula from the Pietermaritzburg New Prison and had transported him to the High Court.
Jeevan said: “When they reached the court, the policemen opened the van and let Mathebula out.
During this time, he attacked the policemen. One was savagely bitten on his neck and the other was disarmed.
“The cop who had been robbed of his firearm screamed for help.
“Another policeman who was on duty in the grilles came to their assistance. When the suspect saw him approaching, he pointed the firearm at him.
“The policeman shot the prisoner in his leg and stomach.
“He died at the scene.”
She said the injured policeman sustained an open wound to his neck and was taken to hospital where he is reported to be in a stable condition.
There was pandemonium in the court as the shots rang out. Court orderlies ordered everyone to leave the building. - Daily News