Mogale's jail-break bid
Smart way to get out of jail
EVER so resourceful and imaginative, murder and rape accused Jack Mogale escaped from police custoday by posing as a fellow inmate, the Johannesburg high court heard yesterday.
Testifying before Judge Frans Kgomo, Warrant Officer Nkosinathi Mhlophe, who was on duty at the holding cells on April 14 2009, said Mogale escaped from Brixton police station by posing as a prisoner who was due to appear in court on that day.
During the roll call, Mogale left the holding cells when the name of Gerald Moloi, who was to appear in court in Brixton, was called. Mogale had been booked into the cells on April 6 and was only due to leave for the Protea magistrate's court 10 days later.
Police only noticed an hour later that he had escaped.
"An hour after prisoners left, some detectives came looking for Jack Mogale. I told them he was still in the holding cells.
"We went to look for him but could not locate him," Mhlophe said.
Moloi, who was due to appear in court on an assault charge, was still in the cell.
Prosecutor advocate Nerissa Muller presented a prisoner register that showed that Moloi, and not Mogale, should have been allowed to leave the cell for court.
When Muller asked who should be blamed for the escape, Mhlophe said it was a genuine mistake.
Mogale was later found "hiding in the court toilets".
Defence counsel advocate Buhle Madondo challenged Mhlophe's testimony that Mogale was found hiding in the court toilets as "rumours" because Mhlophe was not present.
Meanwhile, Judge Kgomo reprimanded Mogale's sister after a prisons official complained that she continued to speak to Mogale although she had been told to stop.