Fake hijack report: Teenager arrested

2009-01-19 00:00

POLICE have sent out a stern warning to people who report false cases.

This comes after a 15-year-old boy reported to police that his father had been shot during a hijacking in the Empangeni area.

It is believed that the boy told police that three men hijacked him and his father while they were travelling.

Police investigations revealed that the boy had lied about the incident.

The boy’s father was found alive.

The boy was arrested and appeared in the Mtubatuba Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Police spokesman Muzi Mngomezulu said the boy has been charged with perjury, but would be given a suspended sentence because of his age.

“Others who submit false information to police will be convicted.

“It is a waste of police resources that can be used on other cases,” Mngomezulu said.

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