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Man commits suicide after breaking into holding cell

Police are investigating a suicide after a 51 year old man broke into police holding cells in Mossel Bay and later committed suicide in a holding cell.

Shortly after midnight on the morning of Tuesday 15 May 2019 police rushed to the aid of a man who was stuck in the burglar bars between the holding cells and the charge office area of a police station in Mossel Bay.

It is alleged that Shaun Benton (51) tried to break into the police holding cells, and got stuck in the burglar bars on his way out.

Police officers managed to free Benton and noticed that he sustained several cuts and bruises. He was taken to the Mossel Bay Provincial Hospital for treatment.

After being treated and bandaged, Benton was arrested and taken to the same holding cells where he tried to break in hours earlier.

Later that same morning Brenton was found in the cell where he used the hospital bandages to hang himself. According to police Benton was still alive when he was found, but died shortly thereafter.


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