Suspect escapes custody, authorities notice 2 months later

Suspect escapes custody, authorities notice 2 months later
Gilbert Vusi Msibi

Parkview police have appealed to the public to be on the lookout for the suspect. The 42-year-old man goes by several aliases, and Gilbert Vusi Msibi and Jabu Sithole, are among some of them he uses.

On 12 July last year, the suspect allegedly broke into a house in Parkhurst and severely assaulted an 82-year-old pensioner with a garden spade, before robbing her of various items and leaving her for dead.

The suspect then fled in a getaway vehicle but was eventually arrested in Emmerentia.

It later emerged that the suspect was wanted for several other crimes and had been appearing in court for various cases while in police custody. Spokesperson for Parkview police, Sergeant Lloyd Ramovha said he could not confirm the total number of cases related to the suspect, but did confirm that a robbery in Roodepoort was one of the many.

“This man is a career criminal, he has been in and out of prison since 1989,” he said.

Franco Forleo, son of the elderly victim, said his mother sustained severe brain injuries after the attack and spent three months in intensive care. She is now in a frail care centre and has been unable to speak since.

“She was very independent and strong before, she lived in that house for 65 years,” he said.

“She was first beaten in the garden before [the perpetrator] dragged her into the house. If it hadn’t been for the intervention of staff at the [nearby] Shell garage, she would have bled out,” he said…

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