Rapists found guilty; face life

Harare police are warning the public to desist the temptation to make false claims as this is a serious offence, which may lead to the arrest of same complainants.

Just last week, two men were arrested for lying to the police while they were opening criminal cases.

A 42 year old man was arrested after he reported that he was robbed of his firearm in Makhaza.

“The man told the police that he was robbed by three unknown suspectswho took his Norinco pistol.

As police started with the initial investigation, it was established that he actually made a false statement as he had lost his firearm in Mitchells Plain,” said Harare spokesperson Lieutenant Siyabulela Vukubi.

He said the man was arrested on Wednesday and appeared at the Khayelitsha Magistrate Court.

In another case, a 28 year old man was arrested on Thursday after he falsely reported a housebreaking and theft complaint.

“He alleged that there was a break- in into his house and a kitchen cupboard was stolen.

“Police gathered information from witnesses and it was revealed that the so called victim was seen loading the item on a bakkie.

“He then later confessed that he actually sold the item to get cash,” said Vukubi.

He appeared at the Khayelitsha Magistrate Court facing charges of perjury. “Police would like to appeal to the community not to report false cases as this constitutes crime. Anyone giving false information to the police under oath would be charged for perjury,” he added.

.Harare SAPS are still basking in the success after the succesful conviction of six men who robbed two homes and raped two women in Khayelitsha.

In 2011 the men raided two homes in the same street in 20 block in Mandela Park and raped a victim in each of the homes.

“The first incident took place on 21 June 2011 and the second incident on 24 of June 2011. In those incidents the victims mentioned at least six suspects who were involved,” said Vukubi.

Two weeks later investigating officer Detective Nceba Gojo gathered information and managed to arrest one man.

“The arrest led to the recovery of the plasma television that was taken from one of the houses where robbery took place.

The detainee then mentioned the identity of the other two suspects and the recovery of a cellphone from where it was sold. One of the suspects was found in possession of a firearm,” explained Vukubi.

He said that police had been informed by one of the victims that she identified her wrist watch at a second hand goods shop.

“That led to the arrest of the fourth suspects who led the investigating officer to two more arrests.

“ This sentencing proves the commitment and extra hours that the investigating officer had put in solving the case. His determination, character and strong will to serve the community was acknowledged by Harare SAPS management,” said Vukubi.

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