Perjury suspect makes dash for freedom in Swakop

07 Apr 2015 18:10pm
SWAKOPMUND, 07 APR (NAMPA) – A 19-year-old man charged with perjury stormed out of the Swakopmund police charge office on Monday to avoid being locked up.
Johan Herman de Meyer, an employee of First Response Security, tried to escape custody by jumping over the charge office counter and running away.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Crime Investigation Coordinator for the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa told Nampa on Tuesday the escape happened as the police were busy charging him with perjury.
The charge emanated from him bumping a company car, abandoning it and then reporting it stolen to the police.
However, an eyewitness saw De Meyer jumping out of the vehicle and running away after he bumped it.
The vehicle in question was returned to the company.
The State, however, overruled the perjury charge, and only charged him with reckless and negligent driving and escaping from lawful custody.
He was re-arrested on the same day after the officers caught him hiding behind a refrigerator in a shop.
“As officers tried to re-arrest him in the shop, he threatened to kill himself because he was armed with a knife and screwdriver he took from the shop,” said Kashuupulwa.
De Meyer appeared before Magistrate Hannelie Prinsloo in Swakopmund on Tuesday and was given bail of N.dollars 2 000.
His case will be heard again in the same court on Wednesday this week for plea and trial.