28-year-old Neverson Banda, a Malawian national, has been sentenced to six months behind bars after he was found guilty of opening a false case of house robbery.
The spokesperson of the police in Gauteng, Captain Xoli Mbele said the Booysens Magistrates’ Court on Monday sentenced Banda to imprisonment for perjury.
Mbele said Banda had opened a false case of house robbery on 29 June 2021.
Banda had been asked to guard his boss’ residence at Oakdene on 28 June 2021, Mbele added.
“He told the police that he was asleep when four suspects forced entry into his room. One of them pointed him with a firearm while his accomplices ransacked the house,” Mbele said.
According to Mbele, Banda further told the police that the alleged house robbers allegedly stole an undisclosed amount of money and two laptops, all of which belonged to his boss.
“They tied his hands and feet with cables and closed his mouth with sellotape. They locked him in the bathroom and he was rescued by his boss in the morning,” Mbele said.
Mbele said an investigating officer, Sergeant Malungana, became suspicious, however, when at the time of inspecting the crime scene they noticed that the burglar door had not been damaged but only the kitchen door “was broken”.
Malungana’s suspicions were also fuelled by the fact that the allegedly stolen items were recovered while still in a steel cabinet, Mbele said.
“The accused apologized and told the police he fabricated the robbery to take money to go to Malawi to see his father who was terminally ill.
“He was apprehended and was in custody until he was convicted,” Mbele said.
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