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Stolen car used for bargaining, court told

Cape Town - A Nigerian man who says a police officer and an accomplice who allegedly hijacked and tried to extort money from him had taken his car and used it as a “bargaining tool”.

This emerged in the Cape Town Regional Court where Francis Abanobi is being cross-examined about events of October 6, 2012.

In the dock, Constable Theodore Dreyer, of Blackheath, and Yusuf Soeker, of Bo-Kaap, sat passively.

They face 10 charges, including aggravated robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, kidnapping, theft and extortion.

The State alleges the pair hijacked a car, threatened the driver and robbed him of R800 before driving off.

Assisted by an interpreter, Abanobi gave his version, saying Soeker had called him that day, asking for a lift. Accompanied by his friend Frank, Abanobi met Soeker at a Shell garage. Later, Dreyer emerged and together with Soeker searched Abanobi and Frank, taking cellphones and a wallet. They said they were looking for drugs.

He had previously testified that he acted as a “middleman” between drug dealers and buyers, but on Tuesday Abanobi said he was not a dealer.

The matter adjourned when the interpreter was no longer available. Magistrate Victor Gibson postponed the matter to September 29.

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