Man wrongly implicated in Durban kidnapping

2011-11-30 22:37

Pietermaritzburg - A Richards Bay man has, through what may be described as a turn of bad luck, been falsely implicated in the alleged abduction of a Durban primary school girl by her alleged drug addicted mother, reports the Zululand Fever.

Dr Andrew Atuhaire, who has a medical practice in Richards Bay and owns a guest-house in Meerensee, was registered as a suspect when a car, bearing one of his vehicles’ registration numbers, was used as the getaway car in the kidnapping.

On Tuesday morning a Durban woman, Calene Rutgers, who according to the SAPS is believed to be a drug addict and prostitute, removed her daughter McKayla, 10, from Seaview Primary School in Durban in a Corsa bearing NRB plates registered to a Meerensee home.

And although the plate was for a Toyota Hilux, Atuharie also owns a Corsa, albeit a different colour. In the initial stages of the investigation this raised suspicion for investigators.

"None of my vehicles left Richards Bay and neither are in a condition to do so. I have been really surprised about this. I have been contacted by the police. Someone must have duplicated the plate from my vehicle as there is no other explanation," said Atuhaire.

Staff members at the Meerensee guest-house, who drive the Hilux and Corsa, found the whole incident "bizarre".

"The Hilux has been in the yard all day - even the security camera will confirm this, while the Corsa ran a few local errands," said a staff member.

Police close to the investigation said it is "very likely" that the number was duplicated by the person driving the getaway vehicle, or that the eyewitness who saw the vehicle drive away may have got a digit ‘or two’ wrong.

"There are still unscrupulous number plate print operators allowing criminal elements access to fake plates. We believe we know who the driver of the vehicle is.

"He is a former boyfriend from Durban who has ties in Cape Town. We will most likely eliminate [Atuhaire] as a suspect. Our main concern is to find this girl," said the police source.

A case of kidnapping has been opened at Bellair Police Station, Durban.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2011-11-30 23:08

    So she kidnapped her child??? Another bad name for S.A

      fishycraig - 2011-12-01 00:24

      Two mothers in the states just killed their babies pleading a whole sob story so no, it is a bad name for humans. Bad elements are in all societies.

  • Strydom.Corne - 2011-12-01 01:14

    See the allegations regarding the mother and child.......I would sue the s***** out of someone that makes statements like that...poor child, she will have to change her name or something! She will never be able to show her face at school again!

      bad spike - 2011-12-01 12:13

      Well done on spotting this Corne. It is shameful what the media sometimes gets away with.

  • Michelle - 2011-12-01 07:12

    Before anything is published in the national media, surely it should be checked first?? But then again, how many people have been found guilty in the media even before they have been to court?? And do I trust the judicial system in SA or anywhere else?? No. One tiny mistake on paper and we have rapists, murderers and paedophiles walking free.

      Hans - 2011-12-01 07:38

      You are correct. There are many criminals that have walked free due to technical incompetance from officials. Lawyers will do whatever to set criminals free just to make money.I hope this does not happen here as this little girl must be so scared being away from her gran.

  • Gregory - 2011-12-01 09:44

    NEWS24. Wherever you obtain your releases from is fine, but as 'professionals', you are obligated to get your facts straight. NO KIDNAPPING CASE has been opened, and if you are in contact with the IO at Bellair, you would know that. The kidnapping charge was refused, based on certain grounds which I won't go into here. Thus, there is no CHARGE laid at all. A CASE of 'Missing Child' has indeed been opened and is being investigated. Either way, it's a sad state of affairs, but please get your facts correct.

  • Julie - 2011-12-01 09:56

    It does happen at times that two vehicles have the same number plates - it can happen during the registration process. I had a similar experience some years back when I went to renew my annual licence and was told by the official that it was reported stolen or written off!!! Yet I had been driving it every day... After hours and days of investigation by all and sundry, it turned out that two of the digits had been wrongly entered - my vehicle was '16545' but wrongly entered as '15645' - and what a load of frustration this caused. Then my daughter's car was stolen in Pretoria back in 1996, involved in an accident and the thief took it to a panelbeating firm, telling them to fic it. Luckily the police tracked it there so it had to be deregistered, BUT months later I received a summons for some or other road offence committed by the driver of - yes, you guessed it - MY DAUGHTER'S car under the same number... But that was also soon sorted out by sending the authorities the paperwork, and the find was scrapped. However, the funniest one that happened to me was receiving a summons from the authorities in Kokstad - once again with my number being quoted. This turned out to be a truck pulled off in that particular town, once again with my number plates attached to it, while my own vehicle was being operated under the same number on a daily basis. It just goes to illustrate the corruption and fraud being committed in the country...

  • lovellt - 2011-12-01 10:35

    These days people can't do thing right "the first time". Lack of education? Lack of concentration? Lack of brains? Who the hell made these number plates!!!!!

  • JMan - 2011-12-01 10:35

    @ news24: Who edits these articles? I see more and more spelling mistakes these days... Just sayin'......

  • Airborne68 - 2011-12-01 11:10

    This "Dr" Atuhaire has appeared on the Z Observer in the past for fraud, I believe.

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