SA fugitive commits suicide before being extradited

One of two men due to be extradited from the United Kingdom has committed suicide.

FILE: One of two men due to be extradited from the United Kingdom has committed suicide. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Police say one of two fugitives who were due to be extradited to South Africa from the United Kingdom this morning to face charges of fraud has committed suicide.

The second accused, Gregory Hamilton, has received refugee status in that country.

The pair fled South Africa in May 2010 after charges relating to fraud of R10 million were levelled against them.

Police say Hamilton and Peter Carl Vernon were due to land at OR Tambo International Airport this morning accompanied by a team from Interpol.

The pair were then due to appear in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.

Hamilton has been accused of allegedly defrauding a refrigeration company of R6 million in 2007.

Vernon was accused of stealing R5 million from his then employer, Gold Reef City, while he was the Chief Financial Officer.

The police's Paul Ramoloko says they'd hoped the victims of these crimes would get justice.

Ramoloko says they will continue to seek the extradition of Hamilton.