Detective from Maitland nabs fraudster sought all over Cape

2015-06-23 06:00

A Maitland detective has worked tirelessly to make sure that a suspect who was wanted for various crimes in various towns all over the Western Cape is now behind bars and serves his time in prison.

Detective Sergeant Steven Pritchard worked throughout his weekends to gather evidence against the 42-year-old suspect after a fraud case was opened at the Maitland police station in July last year.

Pritchard discovered that the suspect was also wanted in Table View, Maitland, Sea Point, Baywater, Hermanus, Fransch­hoek and Cape Town for various other fraud and theft cases. The case was then assigned to Detective Sergeant Edward Edwardes.

After the arrest of the suspect in October last year the case was reassigned to Pritchard who gathered all the cases from all the different police stations.

It was discovered through this that the suspect was being sought by the Ronde­bosch police as well and that he had more cases lodged against him in Table View and Cape Town, so all the cases were joined together.

The man also used different pseudonyms to throw Pritchard off the scent, but the detective was always a step ahead.

He also went through numerous bail applications with the suspect and his attorneys, but each time it was unsuccessful. Early this month the suspect pleaded guilty on four counts of fraud and four counts of theft.

He was sentenced on the same day and received six months’ prison time for each fraud charge and a year per theft charge. The sentence will run concurrently and an effective sentence of eighteen months will be served

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