The three prisoners who attempted a daring escape from a moving van were convicts with a combined jail term of 126 years. One of the convicts died on the spot, a second died in hospital and the third is still at large.
According to State Media reports, Timothy Munhare (37), Bonface Utete (39) and the late, Nyashadzashe Hove (35) who died on the spot after jumping off a moving truck, were initially convicted of armed robbery and carjacking at the Bulawayo High Court.
The trio attempted to escape while they were being ferried to Bulawayo from Chikurubi maximum prison to face further charges. The deceased prisoner was due for release in 2069.
ZPCS’s Midlands provincial public relations officer, Chief Correctional Officer Jere Ruzive said:
The three were on their way to Bulawayo where they were set to appear before the High Court on further charges. They were due to have a stop at WhaWha Prison before proceeding.
Munhare who is now fugitive after he managed to escape and is also a robbery and carjacking convict was supposed to be released on 30 December 2054.
There was a fourth prisoner, Patson Mazhanje in the same truck but he was not violent and did not attempt to escape.