‘Popeye’ lands in hot water

2017-11-01 06:00

A Fauresmith man, Moroka Matthews (27), aka “Popeye”, who was convicted of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm six years ago, is again on the wrong side of the law.

He appeared in the Fauresmith Magistrate’s Court on 17 October on a charge of theft and is awaiting his court appearance on a second charge of theft.

Sgt Sinah Mpakane, provincial police spokesperson, says Mat­thews was convicted in 2011 and sentenced to six months after assaulting a woman. She says the sentence had been suspen­ded for four years.

Mpakane says Matthews was arrested by police on the first charge of theft upon being found in possession of stolen property. It was established that he had broken into a liquor store in September.

“The suspect was later found in possession of the stolen liquor cases, which were positively identified by the complainant. Matthews had broken through the ceiling to gain entry into the liquor store and made off with liquor,” says Mpakane.

Mpakane says the liquor store owner would not open a case. He instead only wants his goods back from the suspected burglar.

In the second case, for which he was arrested on 8 October for being in possession of stolen property, the suspect had reportedly been drinking alcohol with the complainant at the complainant’s residence.

Mpakane says that after the complainant, who is blind, fell asleep, “Popeye” took off with a DVD player, amplifier, equaliser and two speakers.

She says the suspect was arrested at about 01:40 after he failed to give a satisfactory account to police for the possession of goods which were found packed in a suitcase.

Mpakane says the court had released Matthews on a warning for the burglary at the liquor store in September.

The accused will remain in custody until his next appearance in court to face a charge of theft of property belonging to the blind man.

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