CURIOUS CASE OF THE MISSING VICTIM- TO- BE
A MAN walks into Merrylands cop shop claiming a knife-wielding terror suspect is chasing him.
Sounds like an unbelievable tale but on this occasion it actually checked out. Only problem was the key witness in the case — the victim — went missing in action and the police forgot to take down his name.
The saga started when the man burst into the foyer of Merrylands Police Station on September 17 huffing and puffing and claiming a man armed with a knife was trying to kill him.
The panicked man claimed his attacker had links to terrorism, which matched police intelligence.
A couple of keen general duties officers tracked down the alleged assailant not far from the police station but there was no knife in sight.
The accused attacker was charged with affray and refused bail, but police realised their victim had done a Houdini in the process. Whoops.