- A court has handed a six-month prison term to a man for stealing R50 000 from his employer and then lying about it being stolen in a robbery.
- Neverson Banda was found guilty of opening a false case of house robbery.
- He later told police he stole the money and staged a robbery as he needed it to go and visit his terminally ill father in Malawi.
A 28-year-old Johannesburg man who stole R50 000 and two laptops from his employer and then faked a robbery has been sentenced to six months in prison.
On Monday, the Booysens Magistrate's Court found Neverson Banda from Malawi guilty of opening a false case of house robbery.
He claimed he stole the money and the laptops as he needed cash to go back to Malawi to visit his terminally ill father.
On 28 June this year, Banda's employer asked him to guard his Oakdene house in the south of Johannesburg.
The following day, Banda's employer arrived home in the morning to find him on the bathroom floor with his hands tied and his mouth shut with sticky tape.
He untied him and called the police.
Police spokesperson Captain Xoli Mbhele said Banda told police he was asleep when four suspects forced their way into his room.
'Fabricated the robbery'
He said one of them pointed a firearm at him while his accomplices ransacked the house and took an undisclosed amount of money and two laptops.
"He said they tied his hand[s] and feet with cables and closed his mouth with sellotape and then locked him in the bathroom, but was rescued by his boss in the morning," Mbhele said.
According to Mbhele, the investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Malungana, became suspicious when inspecting the crime scene.
"Banda apologised and told the police he fabricated the robbery to take money to go to Malawi to see his father, who was terminally ill," Mbhele said.
Banda was apprehended. He has been in custody until his conviction.
Mbhele commended the diligent work of the investigating officer and said police hoped the sentence will deter would-be offenders from opening false cases.
During the court case, the employer testified that in April he had caught Banda stealing from him but had forgiven him and not opened a case at the time.
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