A South African man made headlines when he tampered with the gate and garage door of another man, eventually breaking it. In a story called “Man Damages Gate and Garage Door” an unnamed crime reporter details the ordeal in wide brush strokes, leaving the identifies and motivations of the three men involved largely to speculation and other fits of fancy and imagination. But while we may never know what was behind the twenty-three year old perpetrator’s reckless tangle with another man’s garage door — was it revenge? alcohol fueled? good old fashioned tom-foolery? — what we do know is what happened, where, and in what order.
The saga begins with the landlord of the damaged garage door on Bassea Road, who called the Primrose Police Department after he received a call from a tenant in the middle of the night. Before the phone rang, the landlord had been sleeping. On the other end of the line, his tenant explained that a third man was damaging the gate and garage door on the property. Evidently, it had not occurred to the tenant to call the police — it’s possible that the landlord was acquainted with the perpetrator, and the tenant assumed he’d want to handle the situation himself. In the end, he did not.
Upon inspecting the garage door and the gate, the landlord called the police to report the damage. The garage door and gate had both been broken. The tenant didn’t indicate whether the man had used a hammer, a baseball bat, a golf club, a wrench, or his own bare hands to cause the damage, but he was able to identify the garage door’s assailant, said Sgt Styles Maome, communications officer for he Primrose police. As a result a case was soon opened against the vandal, who was charged with malicious damage to property. The young man will soon be required to appear in the Germiston Magistrates Court to stand trial for his crime against garages.