Student in dock over fake ‘stolen laptop’ case
A STUDENT accused of opening a false case was expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court today.
“He walked into Sunnyside police station on Monday evening and pleaded with the police to help him to recover his stolen laptop,” police spokesperson Captain Daniel Mavimbela said.
“The man is now in hot water after it was discovered that he had allegedly opened a false case of robbery with the intent of initiating a false insurance claim.”
The 20-year-old student allegedly told police that he had been robbed of his laptop by three armed men somewhere along Jorissen Street in Sunnyside last Thursday.
Mavimbela said a follow-up interview by local detectives revealed inconsistencies in the statement that he had initially submitted to the police.
According to Mavimbela, police subsequently found that the suspect had lent the laptop to his brother, who later claimed that it had been stolen.
The two are believed to have agreed that the student would inform the police that he had lost the laptop during a robbery. However, the move resulted in the man being charged with perjury, an offence that carries a sentence of up to three years’ imprisonment.
“It is not by default that the local police managed to arrest the 20-yearold student for opening a false case,” Mavimbela said.
“A team of local investigators has been tasked to analyse the data collected from persons who reported cases at the police station. Thus far it appears as if there could be several cases of robbery, especially those involving cellphones and laptops, that could be false reports.”
Mavimbela said this was the second case in as many months where a suspect was charged for giving false information to the police in Sunnyside.