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Prisoner escapes from jail


A HABITUAL thief Moses Makotore (36) prison number 758/13 allegedly broke out of jail Monday afternoon after serving half of his sentence and was due to appear at Kwekwe Magistrates’ Court yesterday for restitution inquiry.


Makotore, who was serving an effective six-month jail term at Kwekwe Prison for unlawful entry, is alleged to have scaled the prison complex’s security fence in the afternoon while it was raining.

Sentenced to 14 months in prison for two counts of unlawful entry and theft, Makotore had four months suspended on condition that he restitutes one of his victims $2 228 by December 31, while another four months were suspended on condition of good behaviour.

Prison officers yesterday told magistrate Taurai Manwere that they could not locate him.

“Police are at the prison compound as we speak interrogating guards who were on duty with a view of pressing charges because they suspect it could have been an inside job,” a source from the prison said.

Kwekwe district police spokesperson Detective Assistant Inspector Lawrance Machingura refused to comment referring all questions to Inspector Emanuel Mahoko, who was unavailable.

Police sources told NewsDay they had launched a manhunt for Makotore who has a history of breaking out of custody.

“He once broke out of police custody when he was arrested for breaking into a Meikles Stores shop and stealing cellphones,” the source said.

His last known address is 6 Bahumia, Masasa, Kwekwe.

When NewsDay visited the prison compound, some top police officers were still interrogating prisoners and guards over the escape.

Kwekwe Prison is also currently home to the notorious Masendeke brothers Edward and Ernest who are waiting trial over the alleged murder of
Jonathan Mpofu.

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