Fake hijack SMS dad in court

2012-12-04 11:05
Leon Van Rensburg. (Supplied)

Leon Van Rensburg. (Supplied)

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Johannesburg - An IT specialist from Durban, who in October falsely claimed that he had been hijacked and kept prisoner for three days, appeared briefly in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Leon van Rensburg, aged 52, sparked a large-scale police hunt after he sent an sms to his daughter, saying "Help, hijacked."

Van Rensburg contacted his family more than two days later, Beeld reported on Tuesday.

He appeared in court at the end of October in connection with allegedly subverting the course of justice, after he disappeared for a second time, just before police planned to arrest him.

After Van Rensburg was tracked down in Cape Town, he was admitted to the St Joseph psychiatric hospital in Durban for treatment.

The case was postponed until 13 December for further investigation.

- SAPA
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