US soldier who faked death stays in jail

2012-03-06 18:52

Johannesburg - The bail application of a former United States soldier accused of faking his own death was denied by the Sterkspruit Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, Eastern Cape police said.

Captain Ursula Roelofse said Karl Rashid, 51, and his South African wife, Antoinette Rashid, 45, appeared in court on Tuesday.

"Only the wife was given bail, with certain conditions," she said.

The Rashid couple face charges of murder and fraud. They allegedly decided to fake the man's death after financial problems, in order to get insurance payouts.

In October last year, the husband allegedly set his car on fire in an open area. It was found with the charred remains of a human body.

The wife allegedly told police the remains were her husband's.

She submitted claims for all the policies under her husband's estate, some of which were paid out.

The couple met in the US, where they were both soldiers, before resigning and moving to South Africa.

"The case was postponed to August 3 for further investigation," Roelofse said.

  • Poloyatonki - 2012-03-06 18:57

    Clearly there isnt enough money in defence, have you seen how broke retired policemen are...

      spartanx93 - 2012-03-06 19:04

      You can give thanks to the ANC for the low payouts to our defense forces...

      Poloyatonki - 2012-03-06 19:22

      spartanx93.. no one forces you to choose defence..

      Arthur - 2012-03-06 20:13

      @spartanx93 It is not the ANC's fault that police and soldiers get little money. It is world a wide trend that military and police get little pay. I've been a policeman since 1990. At that time my salary was R1000 per month (+/-). Now after 22 years it's still a meager TIP. With our last increase the government threatened to take our housing of R800 p/m away. Danger allowance of R400 p/m. We cant even afford decent houses or cars.

      Jobho - 2012-03-07 10:12

      @spartanx93, unless i read it incorrectly, they were former US soldiers. "The couple met in the US, where they were both soldiers, before resigning and moving to South Africa"

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-03-06 19:47

    So typical of them, cashing on insurance is their thing

      Rodney - 2012-03-06 20:25

      kind of a stupid comment really, typical of who? not actually sure why i am bothering to post this, but i am curious as to your answer.

      Makatikamusona - 2012-03-06 20:32

      Does it hit you where it hurts the most? The must work hard like we do

  • Laura - 2012-03-06 20:16

    Again misleading headline..what does it matter if he's a soldier...

  • Den - 2012-03-07 09:41


  • Den - 2012-03-07 09:44

    @ at matika, you reffering to indians?

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