Cop dies in cell

Tebogo Monama

Tebogo Monama

A policeman was found dead in a holding cell after he was overpowered and killed by two awaiting-trial prisoners who escaped from the Randburg police station.

Krishan "Scully" Naidoo, 27, and Aboobiker Jawad Aboobiker, 22, escaped from custody on Monday night after overpowering a 40-year-old police inspector who was on a routine cell check.

He was tied up and had shredded pieces of blanket around his neck and mouth. The cause of death is still to be determined.

Police spokesman Superintendent Eugene Opperman said the men were awaiting trial for armed robbery, kidnapping and rape.

A charge of escaping from lawful custody would be added to the two men's charges once they had been rearrested.