Clumsy South African Police Let Prisoner Escape – So They Kidnap Innocent Man From Street And Arrest Him As REPLACEMENT
- The man was shopping when he was handcuffed and thrown into a police carauto
- Despite protesting his innocence, he was put in a cell at a police station
- But when a detective arrived, the two officers’ attempt to hide was caught
- Both officers were charged with kidnapping, beating justice and fraud
Two clumsy police officers in South Africa have been arrested for kidnapping an innocent man from the street to replace an escaped convict.
The shocked shopper found himself handcuffed and in a police car charged with burglary and theft that had been mistaken for the criminal.
Despite protesting his innocence, police in Cape Town, South Africa, threw the man into the cells of the Maitland Police Station to await magistrates.
Pictured: Cape Town Magistrates Court, where two police officers appeared after kidnapping an innocent man from the street as a replacement for an escaped convict
His pleas that he had only run errands fell on deaf ears, and he spent the night behind bars until a detective arrived in the morning.
The detective, upon checking the file and listening to the innocent man’s story, realized that the officers “switched suspects” after their husband escaped.
Both officers were charged with kidnapping, beating justice and fraud, and the innocent man was taken home by red-faced officers.
Magistrates learned that Petty Officer Ricardo Snyman and Sergeant Sibuyiselo Bentso were caught when the arrested man looked nothing like the suspect.
A source close to the case said: ‘The suspect had been arrested for housebreaking and theft, but officers realized he needed medical attention.
“They took him to Somerset Hospital at Sea Point for treatment, but an officer left to guard the suspect managed to escape.
“So the two senior officers decided that since the police station knew they had a suspect, they should come up with one, so they arrested a random man.
“They thought they would be in big trouble by letting the right man escape.”
Police spokesman Captain FC Van Wyk said: ‘After the loss of their suspect, the officers would have found another man on the street who they held in his place.
“They did not inform anyone of what had happened.
“It wasn’t until the next day when the suspect was being treated that the detective realized that the person did not match the description of the person who had originally been arrested,” he said.
The case was referred to the anti-corruption unit and after an investigation, the director of the public prosecutor’s office decided to prosecute and the couple were arrested.
The Western Cape provincial government member of the Community Security Executive Council, Albert Fritz, said: “The allegations in the case are quite disturbing.
“I cannot believe that members of our South African police force would just arrest an innocent person because the actual suspect in the case managed to escape.”
The two suspended police officers appeared before the Magistrates Court in Cape Town and were given bail of £100 each and the case adjourned until 27 October.