Mom: Police station sent my daughter home because there were no pens

2015-12-10 09:13
Shannon Callaghan (Supplied)

Shannon Callaghan (Supplied)

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Cape Town- A matric student who went to the Milnerton police station to report a robbery was apparently told there were no pens for her, and that she should fill out a statement at home.

Hayley Callaghan said she got home on Tuesday to find her daughter Shannon, 18, “sitting on the bed with all these papers”.

“I asked her what she was doing. She said that when she went into the station, the woman [official] told her she is already using the one pen and that she must go home,” she told News24 on Wednesday.

Shocked, she phoned the station and told them off.

“She has never been to a police station or filled in a statement. She was traumatised and they told her to take it home.”

The mom claimed an official couldn’t stop apologising over the phone and informed her that all their stock, such as stationery, was locked up.

'That is no excuse'

“But I said that is no excuse, you can’t send anybody home with a paper that says it must be under oath.”

Western Cape police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Traut, said the alleged incident was “totally unacceptable”.

He added that police stations did not have a shortage of stationery.

“Our members have access to all the facilities necessary to perform a professional service to our communities."

The police’s website stated that all documentation for reporting a crime should be completed by a police official.

Shannon had been walking along Wemyss Street to the MyCiti bus stop in Brooklyn earlier on Tuesday.

As she approached a bridge, a man confronted her and asked to borrow her cellphone.

She denied his request a few times.

He moved closer to her and reached for something in his pocket.

Scared he might have a weapon, she apparently handed the phone over and ran home.

Constant criminal activity

The family had lived in the area for many years. The area had a “beautiful big police station” but the community felt frustrated by constant criminal activity, Hayley said.

She was worried about her daughter because she hadn’t walked to visit her grandmother “around the corner” like she usually did.

“It seems taking the law into your hands is the only way you can get a response, either from the police or the media, because nobody is doing anything about the crime”.

Traut advised the family to approach the police station’s management to lodge an official complaint.

This was so that “the allegation can be substantiated and appropriate action instituted”.

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