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Fake doctor denies escape during food stop

Court hears Chele skipped from police custody twice

Fake doctor Kingsley Leeto Chele is accused of fraud.
Fake doctor Kingsley Leeto Chele is accused of fraud.
Image: Veli Nhlapo

Kingsley Chele, who allegedly impersonated a doctor, denied he escaped from police custody during a stop for food by his escorting officer. 

Chele appeared in the Pretoria magistrate’s court yesterday for his bail application.

The state is opposing bail on the grounds he escaped twice from police custody since his arrest on October 2.

He allegedly used his Facebook page, posing as a medical doctor, to lure health workers into investing in his nonexistent pharmaceutical business.

He is facing charges of fraud, escaping from police custody and car theft.

According to the state, he first escaped from the police the day after his arrest and then again on October 11.  

The court yesterday heard details of his first escape, which occurred after he appeared in court in Pretoria. He was meant to be taken to a prison in Soshanguve. 

Chele told the court his escort Sergeant Martin Mashimbye was driving him to Lyttleton police station to consult with his lawyer. 

He added the officer stopped to buy food at an informal settlement in Centurion.

He was allegedly not handcuffed because the state assumed he was underage. 

He ordered me to go and order pap and beef stew while he was trying to park. I walked to the restaurants and ordered the food. At some point I went back and found that the car was no longer there, and I was surprised.”

Chele told the court he waited more than two hours, hoping Mashimbye would show up and continue with their journey.

“After waiting, I then asked for directions to Lyttelton police station from the lady I had ordered food from. After she gave me directions I walked more than two hours to the police station and found my lawyer there. He told me he was attending to other clients.”

He was arrested again at the police station. The state alleged they used his lawyer to lure him.

The state said Chele was a flight risk and that his identity had not been confirmed. 

Chele will continue with his bail application later this week. 

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