Mom in court over fake hijacking
A MOTHER of two appeared in court charged with defeating the ends of justice on Friday for allegedly falsely claiming she had been hijacked.
Charlene Singh, 47, was in the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court. She is out on R500 bail and the case was postponed.
Police spokeswoman Superintendent Danelia Veldhuizen said Singh told her brother on October 8 that she had been hijacked in Chatsworth and was calling him from the boot of her Toyota Corolla.
“Based on her cellphone signals, police tracked her to a parking lot at Isipingo Beach. She was in the driver’s seat.”
She will be charged R70 000 for police services, including the use of a helicopter, if found guilty.
According to Veldhuizen, the woman initially said she lied about being hijacked because she did not have money for fuel to drive home; she had hoped to get attention from her family, but did not realise they would call the police.
“This week she changed her story, saying she had been hijacked,” Veldhuizen said. “She has Legal Aid and will have to prove her case in court.