Information from the South African Police Service (SAPS) has it that Jaco Opperman was wrongfully released from lawful custody after he tricked officers.
Already, the police in Modimolle have launched a manhunt for Jaco Opperman. From what we gathered, he was wrongfully released in Pretoria after he paid bail that was arranged through fraudulent means.
The 33-years-old fraudster was arrested in August 2017 in Witbank, Mpumalanga by the Modimolle Detectives after he defrauded several victims. He was being sought by the police since May 2016.
It is said that Opperman advertised Buffalos for sale. As such, he was paid thousands of rand by unsuspecting victims who made deposits into his account. He disappeared after he received the payments and three cases of fraud were opened against him.
According to SAPS, Jaco Opperman appeared before the Modimolle Magistrate’s Court on the 20th of September 2017 and was remanded in custody. Thus, he was taken to Pretorial for detention. There, he tricked officers into setting him free.
“He somehow managed to pay bail to the amount of R500-00 which was never granted during his court appearance. The suspect was supposed to appear again in the same court on Monday 16 October 2017 but was nowhere to be found.
“Premilinary police investigations point to possible aiding and abetting. A case of escaping from lawful custody has been opened against the suspect. Police have also opened cases of defeating the ends of Justice and aiding and abetting against the magistrate and a police warrant officer. A warrant for the arrest of Opperman has been issued,” related the police service.
Confirming this incident, SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba assured that those responsible for Jaco’s escape would be punished accordingly.
“We will not tolerate a situation where we commit the scarce resources available to investigate cases and trace perpetrators, only for the arrested suspects to be released under dubious circumstances,” stated the Commissioner.
Meanwhile, South Africans have been urged to assist with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspect. Anyone with useful information can contact the investigating officer, Sergeant Rossouw on 0711338524. Alternatively, you can contact the nearest Police Station or Crime Stop on 08600 10 111.