A 39-year-old man appeared before the Broadhurst Magistrate court yesterday for allegedly trying to swindle P20,000 from Chinese nationals claiming that he was an officer at the Office of the President.
The Broadhurst Police apprehended the man on Friday. Police spokesperson, Dipheko Motube confirmed the incident, stating that the man had approached the Chinese men and demanded they give him the money or risk being deported.
“We caught the man on June 27. He is likely to be charged with obtaining by false pretences.”
“The man tried to swindle P20,000 from two Chinese men. According to the Chinese men the accused told them that if they did not give him the money they would be deported. He showed them papers with the Office of the President letterhead but we believe they were forged,” said Motube.
The Police spokesperson added that investigations into the matter are ongoing.
In court however, presiding Magistrate granted the man bail, and ordered that he appear again in court on August 25.
Mmegi has learnt that after the Chinese men gave the accused the P20,000 cheque he then tried to cash the cheque at a local bank, where he was caught. from his apartment as if something was burning inside the house.
“I then called her asking about the noise that was coming from her house. She said nothing much, but then quickly informed me that she was just speaking to David Ikanyeng over the phone,” said Kenosi. Kenosi revealed that he then drove away and found Bonno Ikanyeng by Sergeant Obadia Rantsimane’s house and overheard her telling him that she needed help.
He added that he only heard Bonno Ikanyeng asking for help from Rantsimane but did not reveal the type of help she was asking from Rantsimane.
“She said that something was burning but I could not hear her
Under cross-examination from the defence counsel Kabelo Gaonyadiwe, Kenosi confirmed that he did not notice what was happening inside the house but only heard sounds coming from the apartment.
“I also did not properly hear what Kenosi Ikanyeng was saying to Rantsimane. She looked confused and she collapsed when I came near her,” said Kenosi.
The second prosecution witness, Rantsimane said that he was at his house during the day the barracks were burnt. He said that he went outside the house to get fresh air when he saw Bonno Ikanyeng coming to his place asking for help.
“I went inside the house to put on a shirt and she fell down when I asked her what help she was looking for. “We then put her on a stretcher and took her to the clinic. I then heard people saying that her apartment was on fire.
“I looked in the direction of her apartment and found that it was indeed burning,” said Rantsimane.
Rantsimane confirmed that he heard the accused asking for help but said nothing else other than that.
“I confirm that when the accused collapsed, she said nothing else save that she needed help which she did not elaborate,” said Rantsimane.
Mompoloki Gaboiphiwe from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) represented the state. The case continues.