Victims keep falling for charmer’s wiles
There’s a conman on the loose in the Western Cape. He may be small fry, but he’s slick and he’s caused a lot of grief, so be careful if you meet a man called Duncan Briggs – a “Bishops boy”.
Briggs, 45, is charming, smooth-talking and convincing. A few years ago he took the good people of Hermanus for an almighty ride. People like Leigh Murray, a personal trainer from Johannesburg, who had moved there with her children when her marriage was in trouble. They struck up a romance and Briggs charmed Murray with grand ideas of buying a farm together in nearby Bot Rivier, where she could establish the wellness centre she’d dreamt of owning.