Man arrested after brazen attempt to stab witnesses at PE court

APRIL 8, 2016

There was drama at the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Friday morning when a man armed with a knife made a brazen attempt to stab witnesses at the court during a recess.

"It is alleged that at about 10:10, while the court was in recess, three witnesses in an assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm case were consulting with the prosecutor. A 19 year old teenager who was seated in the back row of the court lunged towards one of the witnesses with a knife," said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

"The observant court orderly, Const Anele France, immediately reacted and confronted the suspect, stopping the attack. Tactical Response Team (TRT) members, who were in the court building, immediately rushed in and assisted in overpowering and apprehending the suspect. No injuries were sustained. The suspect has been detained on charges of assault GBH and possession of a dangerous weapon." 

The police members are commended for their quick action in preventing what could have been a fatal or serious incident at the court.   

Local gangs are known to send their members to local courts to intimidate witnesses. 

Some have suggested that the courts could consider tightening security at their premises to protect both their staff, witnesses and the public.