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17-year-old thief suffers fractured skull after jumping from second floor of courthouse to escape from custody

By Emily Lewis 12:23 PM December 6, 2017
Teen jumping (illustration)

A teenager suffered severe head trauma after attempting to escape from a courthouse, where he was supposed to be charged with theft, according to police in South Africa.

Pietermaritzburg police said that they have arrested the 17-year-old boy, who was not identified, after being accused of breaking into a house and stealing valuables.

He was charged with breaking and entering and theft.

On Tuesday morning, the boy was brought before a judge at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court.

The arresting officer led the handcuffed teen to the second floor at around 11:00 a.m.

Suddenly, the teen jumped over a railing and landed on the first floor at the entrance of the courthouse.

The teen suffered serious injuries, including a fractured skull.

The boy attempted to get back on his feet and run out the door to escape custody but he collapsed.

The boy told police and paramedics to leave him alone because he just wanted to die.

Witnesses at the scene said that the boy was bleeding heavily from his head.

He was rushed to a hospital, where he is said to be in serious condition.