A 36-YEAR-OLD jail breaker Moses Makotore who celebrated New Year’s holidays in hiding at a mine compound in Silobela after scaling a security wall at
Kwekwe Prison on December 30 last year was back in court on Monday charged with escaping from lawful custody.
BY BLESSED MHLANGA
He was re-arrested on January 4 this year following a tip-off.
Makotore, who skipped prison after serving half of his six-month jail term for unlawful entry and theft, told the court that he decided to bolt out of prison after police detectives continuously called and threatened to “deal” with him soon after his release.
He pleaded guilty to the charge of escaping from lawful custody and told magistrate Letwin Rwodzi that police detectives visited him almost every week while he was in jail and threatened him with arrest once he was released from prison.
“They came and told me that they were waiting for me to be released and would arrest and interrogate me for other crimes they alleged I committed before my arrest. I was so afraid of them that I thought it was better for me to escape even though I was closer to be released from prison,” Makotore said.
He, however, claimed that he could not report the matter to the Zimbabwe Prison Services because some of the police threats were made in their presence.
The court remanded him in custody for sentence today.
Tinashe Mhonda appeared for the State.