Tongaat: Man arrested for allegedly reporting fabricated hijacking

2013-01-16 00:00

TONGAAT police arrested a 34-year-old man for allegedly defeating the ends of justice.

The man, who cannot be identified until he pleads in court, was arrested on Monday, allegedly after he had lied about a car accident that left two people dead and another seriously injured.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge said that in February 26, 2012 the suspect’s vehicle was involved in a collision.

The suspect was injured in the accident. He was given medical attention for his injuries, charged with culpable homicide and released on an undisclosed amount of bail.

Mdunge said that on March 7, 2012, the man returned to the police station with a sworn statement from his attorney alleging that he had been hijacked by his passengers at the time of the collision.

Police opened a hijack docket.

“The investigating officer tried several times to meet the suspect for an interview, but the suspect evaded all appointments,” said Mdunge.

He said investigations revealed that the suspect had been alone in the car during the collision and had not told anyone about a hijacking when he was arrested.

“The hijacking sworn statement was a fabrication to evade prosecution for culpable homicide,” said Mdunge.

Yesterday the man appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court facing charges of defeating the ends of justice. He has not pleaded and his case was postponed to a date yet to be announced.

KZN Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said: “The manpower and resources used to investigate false cases could be used more effectively to investigate genuine cases. We once again warn people to refrain from reporting cases knowing that they are false.

“It is a crime to make a false statement under oath that one has been hijacked or robbed.”

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