Woman fakes own kidnapping to extort R13 000 from husband

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An unidentified woman has been charged with defeating the ends of justice and extortion after admitting to planning her own kidnapping in a bid to extort R13 000 from her husband in Kempton Park on the East Rand.

Kempton Park police spokesperson Captain Jethro Mtshali said the woman said she did it to try get money from her husband. The husband received a phone call from a male person, demanding R13 000 from him in return for his wife, Kempton Express reported.

“The man came into our station last week Friday (June 26) to report he had received a phone call from a strange man telling him he had taken his wife, and he would have to pay him R13 000 to get his wife back. A case of kidnapping was then opened,” added Mtshali.

According to the husband, his wife had called him a few hours earlier on the same day and told him she had won R20 000 at Emperors Palace and asked him to fetch her. He told her to rather hire a maxi taxi cab to bring her to their Midrand home.

“Investigations then led detectives to Angelo Informal Settlement in Boksburg on Thursday where the woman was found. She admitted to lying to her husband about the kidnapping and said it was all planned to get money from him. Police arrested her on the spot,” said Mtshali.

In a separate incident, two Pakistani nationals and three South Africans were charged with kidnapping and extortion after allegedly kidnapping a six-year-old pupil of Valencia Islamic School in Mpumalanga in March.

Police spokesperson Colonel Leonard Hlathi said the boy’s father sent someone to the school to fetch his son at about 4.10pm.

“However, the person was told that the boy had already been collected by a relative,” Hlathi said.

At about 7.30pm, the father was called by somebody who demanded R1 million for the release of his son. He immediately notified the police, and an investigation was launched.

The following day at about 9.24am, the father received another SMS instructing him to have the money ready to avoid harm to the boy.

– Caxton News Service



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