Houdini pleads guilty to escaping from C-Max

The so-called Houdini of C-Max, Annanias Mathe, pleaded guilty to two charges of escaping from...

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The so-called Houdini of C-Max, Annanias Mathe, pleaded guilty to two charges of escaping from custody in the Johannesburg High Court.

However, he said he committed no other crimes.

The Mozambican was once the most wanted man in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">South Africa</country-region> after allegedly going a seven-year crime spree.

Mathe was wanted in connection with crimes he allegedly committed in the <state w:st="on">North West, Limpopo and <state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Gauteng provinces.

He is facing 77 charges relating to his crime spree, including attempted murder, rape, armed robbery and cruelty to animals.

Police have had a tough time keeping the 31-year-old behind bars.

He made history in 2006 when he became the first person to escape from Pretoria’s notorious C-Max Prison, allegedly the most secure prison in the country.

His trial was moved to the Johannesburg High Court last year and began on Monday with the court reading the accusations levelled against him before he was asked to plead.