Ex-convict stole car ‘out of boredom’

2008-11-02 00:00

A 30-year-old man arrested for driving a stolen car in Pietermaritzburg yesterday morning, told traffic officers that he committed the crime “out of boredom” soon after being released from jail.

The man was caught driving a stolen Nissan Almera and arrested by the Road Traffic Inspectorate at a roadblock in Pietermaritz Street.

The man, who did not want to stop when instructed by a senior provincial inspector, swerved and crashed into an embankment.

Upon checking in the e-Natis system, officials discovered that he was driving a stolen company vehicle that had been reported missing in Chatsworth.

According to those at the scene, the suspect admitted having stolen the vehicle “out of boredom”.

The man was released from Westville prison three weeks ago, after serving eight years for murder.

“I want to go back to jail, but not in Westville as I was abused there,” he said.

The man will also be charged for failing to stop in defiance of an official instruction.

SAPS spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram confirmed the incident, adding that the man will also be charged for drinking and driving.

The man will appear at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s court today.

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