Tall tales

2015-05-05 06:00

A dangerous plan by a Wynberg domestic worker to ride into the sunset with her lover has landed her behind bars.

This follows a fake report to Wynberg police about a house robbery at her employer’s home in Harpford Close. According to the police report, the woman called the station to report a robbery.

She told officers four unknown men and a woman entered the home and violently gagged her. The 40-year-old domestic worker said the robbers ransacked the house and stole various items including the home owner’s Mercedes Benz.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Silvino Davids says detectives took the woman’s statement but after glaring inconsistencies in her story, officers decided to cross-question her.

“She broke down and told detectives the whole story. She and her boyfriend wanted to get married and devised this plan together. They were going to steal all this stuff, sell it and move up country where they would get married,” he explains.

The woman’s confession resulted in her arrest for defeating the ends of justice. She appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Monday 16 March and was denied bail.

In a separate case, a 51-year-old Athlone man’s plan to enjoy a weekend of partying before he tied the knot saw him spend time behind bars.

According to the police report the man was reported missing by concerned relatives after failing to return home for several days. While his family searched for him, he visited Wynberg Police Station to report that he was hijacked.

The man told officers he was hijacked near the magistrate’s court on Friday 12 March. Questioned about the incident the man revealed he was not hijacked and instead wanted to spend a weekend in Wellington before getting married. He was arrested and appeared in court last week where he was released on bail.

Davids says officers have had their fair share of fake cases and warns they will not play around with anyone found to be lying about a crime.

He explains detectives spend several hours and resources investigating each case and do not have time to run after false leads and false cases.

“Lying about a crime is a serious crime and we are not playing games. If we catch you lying to us and reporting fake cases, we will charge you with defeating the ends of justice. These charges are serious and will stick,” he warns. V

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