Reshma Maharaj gripped Trinidad and Tobago with the story of her alleged kidnapping. But according to police, the country may have hoodwinked. The 30-year-old woman is now charged with wasteful employment of police time by knowingly making a false report that she was kidnapped by three men. She has, however, pleaded not guilty to the offence.
Maharaj, who was rescued by an off-duty police officer around 8 a.m. on Monday while walking along the M-2 Ring Road, near Gandi Village, Debe, had reported a frightening ordeal. She told police she was driving home on Friday morning when an SUV pulled in front her black B-13 Sentra. She said three men exited the vehicle and pulled her from her car and threw her into the back of the SUV. Maharaj claimed she was blindfolded, gagged, tied up and kept captive in a house for three days.
On day four, the woman alleged, she was forced into the trunk of a car which was subsequently abandoned near the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission. Maharaj told police she managed to free herself by kicking out the back seat and crawling out of the car. Police took her for treatment at the San Fernando Hospital and she was subsequently discharged, but 24 hours later, police arrested her.