News 30.3.2016 01:59 pm

Arrested uMvoti ‘diesel thieves’ released

One of the trucks burnt  at Umvoti Ultra City in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Zululand Observer

One of the trucks burnt at Umvoti Ultra City in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Zululand Observer

The uMvoti drivers were released due to insufficient evidence.

The two alleged drivers of trucks razed in the blaze at Umvoti Ultra City petrol station in KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend have been released due to insufficient evidence.

The drivers were arrested after they were alleged to have caused a massive blaze that razed three trucks and a house to the ground at Umvoti Ultra City petrol station in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday, Zululand Observer reported.

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Nqobile Gwala said the suspects were alleged to have used a small petrol-powered pump to siphon diesel from the fuel tank of one the trucks into a smaller truck. The pump allegedly caused the spark that led to the fire. Both tankers exploded, engulfing the tankers and the smaller truck in flames.

The drivers, who fled, were found hitchhiking later on Sunday afternoon. One of them had sustained several burns.

“But after appearing in the KwaDukuza Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, the suspects, aged 45 and 56, were released due to insufficient evidence,” she added.

Gwala said charges of arson, attempted theft and malicious damage to property were laid. Investigations are ongoing at this stage.

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– Caxton News Service

 

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