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    Theft suspect walks free after no case opened

    A security company in KwaZulu-Natal had to let a theft suspect walk free after a criminal case was allegedly not opened by the victim.


    KZN VIP Protection Services reported about the arrest of a suspect attempting to break into a vehicle earlier today, Monday, 8 August.

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    “A theft suspect was apprehended by KZN VIP after attempting to break into a motor vehicle near Gumfern, in Phoenix earlier today.

    “KZN VIP were alerted to the incident and whilst searching for the suspect with a description provided by the victim the suspect was apprehended approximately 2km away from the scene of crime,” the private security company reported.

    It was also reported that the suspect attempted to flee after seeing the branded vehicle but was apprehended shortly thereafter.

    “Unfortunately suspect was released as no criminal case was opened.”

    KZN VIP personnel about to release the theft suspect. Photo: KZN VIP Protection Services/ Facebook.

    Social media reacted to the victim’s stance to opt not to open a criminal case against the perpetrator.

    Fabian Govender asked why no charges were laid.
    Zora Bibi said: “That is so silly of the person not to open the case”.

    Sonia Pillay said: “You can’t really blame the victim for not opening criminal charges because the state won’t prosecute him and the next day he will be out committing even worse crimes”.

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    In an interview with Ballito Neighbourhood Watch (BNW), The Northcoast Courier highlighted the importance of opening a case.

    The report suggested that accurate crime reporting is crucial to ensure that police stations are adequately funded.
    Speaking to the Ballito Neighbourhood Watch (BNW) vice-chairman Morne Steffens, he said the process may seem tedious, or unimportant but it is worth taking the time to do it correctly.
    He also highlighted that only the victim of a criminal incident can open a case unless the victim is deceased or injured in such a manner that they are incapable of opening a case due to medical reasons.

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