Stu­dent in dock over fake ‘stolen lap­top’ case

Pretoria News - - NEWS - RUDZANI MATSHILI rudzani.matshili@inl.co.za

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.

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