Man faces jail time for false charges

2019-12-17 06:00

A man has been arrested after falsely opening a case of car theft at the Mitchell’s Plain police station in 2018.

The 23-year-old man was arrested on Thursday 12 December after investigations revealed that the case was in fact falsely reported.

Mitchell’s Plain police spokesperson Capt Ian Williams says the man reported the case of car theft to the station in October last year, and following the investigation it was discovered that he had actually sold the car.

The man now faces a charge of perjury.

Perjury is the intentional act of swearing a false oath or falsifying an affirmation to tell the truth made under oath, which in this case is opening a case or laying charges based on false information.

Williams says the station sees many false theft-related cases and are working to discourage this behaviour.

“This is not new to the station. We see perjury cases from time to time and we are trying to curb these cases.

“When people come to report robbery cases or theft cases, we would send investigators to check the scene and often people will withdraw these cases,” Williams says.

He adds that especially in theft of cellphone cases and anything related to insurance claims, it is often that items are just lost and then victims claim they were robbed.

Williams assures residents that cases are taken seriously.

“We are not saying that it is every case, every day and every person that is not telling the truth, but it is not uncommon and we want to discourage people from falsely reporting crimes because it wastes time and resources,” he says.

Suspects charged with perjury could face up to five years in prison.


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