Suspected con artist drops bail bid

2012-07-21 00:00

ALLEGED con-artist Charlene Singh (28) yesterday temporarily abandoned her bail application and her lawyer said she was prepared to help police with their inquiries.

Singh’s attorney, Nasen Naicker, asked Pietermaritzburg magistrate Reard Abrahams to remand Singh at the Mountain Rise police cells for her to be accessible to the police.

He stipulated, at her request, that he must be present when Singh is interviewed by police.

Prosecutor Thandeka Mkhize said the state would add three counts of theft to the charges against Singh, but did not specify the details of the offences.

She said a new officer had taken over the investigation, apparently to avoid a conflict of interest because Singh is also charged in the regional court with the attempted murder of Captain Marina Jurgens of the Organised Crime Unit and malicious injury to property, for allegedly reversing into a state vehicle earlier this year.

According to the charge sheet, Singh tried to kill Jurgens by “attempting to knock her down with a motor vehicle” on Janaury 16.

On the same day at the Organised Crime Unit in Pietermaritzburg, she allegedly reversed her vehicle into a state car and accelerated through a closed gate.

Both the magistrate’s and regional court trials were postponed to August 3, pending investigations.

Singh arrived at court in leg irons yesterday following her alleged escape from a police van while being taken to prison on July 9. She said she had been in need of a “fix” due to her heroin addiction. She was arrested an hour later.

The theft charges stem from allegations that she stole items from elderly residents in the city after conning her way into their homes.

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