Suspect arrested for opening false case

DURBAN - KwaZulu-Natal police is sending out a stern warning to members of the community who are opening false cases. Valuable police resources and manpower is wasted investigating these cases instead of concentrating to genuine cases.

Berea police have opened a case of defeating the ends of justice after an alleged crime victim reported that his vehicle was hijacked recently. According to the report made with police, he claimed that he was hijacked by three men at Cowey Road on 6 August at 17:20. He further alleged that the suspects drove with him towards Molweni where he was dropped off in a bush by the suspects before they drove away. A case of hijacking was opened at the Berea police station and detectives took over the investigation.

During the course of the investigation police officers quickly discovered that the same vehicle was used in the commission of a crime in Hillcrest. Three suspects were spotted fleeing the scene in the same vehicle. In their haste to flee the scene of crime, the vehicle crash and two suspects were arrested while the driver managed to escape.

Police quickly realised that the so called victim only reported the hijacking to cover up the fact that the vehicle was used in the commission of a crime. He was then arrested and charged for defeating the ends of justice and is expected to appear in the Durban Magistrates Court soon.

Source: South African Police Service