‘Perjury will be punished’

2016-04-19 06:00

Residents could face a sentence of up to five years for falsely reporting crime.

And this is still not adequate deterrent.

Last year, cluster commander Major General Abraham Goss issued a warning to residents following an increase in false cases, including one made by a metro police officer in the precinct (Perjury pile-up, People’s Post, 10 March 2015).

Goss said: “Resources are wasted on false cases when they could be spent solving more serious crimes. Also they result in inaccurate statistics because once a case is opened it cannot be removed. This holds serious implications and residents should refrain from throwing their lives away for insurance claims.”

At the time, Goss said they noticed an increase in these false cases which lead them to believe residents did not think there was any consequences.

Recently another case was made at the Mitchell’s Plain police station.

On Saturday 12 March at 15:30 police registered a case of attempted murder after the complainant, a 20-year-old Rocklands man reported that he was walking across the Rocklands Sports field when he was approached by four unknown men, says police spokesperson Lieutenant Ian Williams.

“According to the complainant the men asked him if he belonged to a certain gang. When the complainant answered that he was not a gang member, one of the suspects lit a petrol bomb and threw it against his chest. The petrol bomb exploded and he was set alight. The complainant was taken to Mitchell’s Plain Day Hospital for medical attention,” says Williams.

On further investigation police discovered the man had lied to police and had made a false case.

“The man had tried to steal electricity and was electrocuted,” says Williams.

“This is a crime which is called perjury and the man will be criminally prosecuted. If found guilty the suspect could face imprisonment as part of his sentence.”

Perjury is regarded as a serious offence and persons who make false cases will be criminally charged and arrested.

This type of crime results in the wastage of state resources including manpower, vehicles and time spent on investigation.

“The investigation of crime is a serious matter and this type of behaviour will not go unpunished,” warns Williams.

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