Fake cop charged by young victim


After a harrowing experience with a “fake cop” a young Pietermaritzburg woman has laid charges against the man who harassed her and her friend outside a popular city pub, hoping that other vulnerable women would not fall victim to his ploy.

The woman’s mother, Nirusha Maharaj, speaking on behalf of her daughter, said she hopes that by pressing charges against the “fake cop”, other women would not fall victim and that women in general would be encouraged to take a stance against abuse.

“People need to know that they cannot do things like this and get away with it. I don’t want anyone to go through what my daughter went through,” said Maharaj.

While waiting for her brother in the parking area outside Franki Bananas, the young woman and her female friend were startled when a man banged on her car window claiming to be an undercover police officer.  He insisted the women jump out of the vehicle in order for him to administer a breathalyzer test or he would have them arrested and their car towed away.

Terrified, one of the women called her father who spoke to the man over the cellphone. The man then refused to give the phone back to the woman and pretended to be on a call to another officer requesting that they “run the car number plates”.

He then demanded that he drive the two women home, insisting that the father agreed with him over the phone that he would bring them home. The women refused and told the so-called policeman that if that was the case he should follow them home instead and speak to their parents.

The two young women drove off expecting the man who was in a black Tata to try and follow them. When they noticed that he wasn’t and by which time the woman’s brother had arrived in the area, they turned back hoping to find the impersonator who had by then fled the scene.

Instead of putting the ordeal behind them the women decided to take action the impersonator and drove to Loop Street police station where charges were brought against the suspect.

The phone was then tracked to a home in Northdale and recovered. Further investigations revealed that the suspect was a known criminal who had previously targeted solitary women.

Since the incident, Maharaj has said that her daughter has been deeply affected and is still traumatised by the events. She does not want to leave the house alone.

“My daughter has been sheltered her whole life and comes from a good home. She is not used to things like this and now feels like she can’t trust anyone,” said Maharaj.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson, Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese, said that the case was opened and that investigations are continuing.

Byrone Athman

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