INSTEAD of banking the R18 755 entrusted to him by his employer, a Pietermaritzburg man allegedly gambled the cash away at the Golden Horse Casino at the weekend.
To explain away the disappearance of the money, he then allegedly laid a false robbery charge with the police.
This is the allegation facing a 43-year-old man from Raisethorpe who appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday, but who has not yet been asked to plead to the charges facing him.
Ricky Ganhes is charged with theft of R18 755 belonging to SA Roadlink, and with defeating the ends of justice for allegedly filing a false complaint on June 1.
Pietermaritzburg magistrate Raymond Kunene yesterday granted Ganhes bail of R2 000.
He is due to appear in court again on July 7 in connection with the case.
Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said Ganhes was arrested and charged a day after he opened a criminal case of robbery.
“The accused alleged that he was walking along Witness Lane to bank an undisclosed amount of cash for his employer, when he was approached by three unknown men.
“One of the men produced a weapon [a sharp instrument] and held it against his hip. He further alleged that the men thereafter searched him and removed the cash, his wrist watch and his Nokia 1600 cellular phone before fleeing from the scene on foot,” said Budhram.
He said subsequent investigations by the Pietermaritzburg detective services “established that the accused had visited the local casino on Saturday and allegedly lost the money to gambling”.
During further police investigations his cellphone and watch were allegedly found at his home.
“Police are issuing a stern warning to all those contemplating opening false cases to cover their misdeeds. They will be charged accordingly and face the stipulated penalties from the courts,” added Budhram.
The Witness believes that police became suspicious of Ganhes after they viewed extensive CCTV footage of Witness Lane, but saw no evidence of the alleged robbery taking place.
They then began to make inquiries and confronted Ganhes with their suspicions.