Woman fails to take magistrate for a ride

2017-07-20 22:19
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Cape Town - A Western Cape magistrate asked a female suspect to take him for a drive to test her claim that she hijacked a car, according to Western Cape Police.

She claimed she was responsible for kidnapping a man and hijacking his car in Mfuleni on August 8, 2015, Captain FC van Wyk said in a statement on Wednesday.

The victim alleged Peter Masheza, 43, held him at gunpoint, locked him in a shack and hijacked his car.

During his trial, Masheza blamed his female companion and said she was the driver. She corroborated his version of events.

However, the magistrate asked her to take him for a drive.

"It was proved that she could not drive. She did not even know how to put the vehicle into first gear," Van Wyk said.

Masheza was on Wednesday sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment for robbery and five years for kidnapping.

The National Prosecuting Authority did not respond to a request for comment on whether the female companion was charged with obstruction of justice.

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