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The mother of a Durban teenager who pleaded guilty to faking her own abduction to see whether her parents cared for her, says her daughter was bored when she sent a picture of herself tied up.
Mary Dilley had no malicious intentions when she sent the “frightening” picture and was remorseful for her actions, said her mother, Colleen Dilley.
“When you’re bored you tend to do funny things.”
Mary, of the Bluff, and her friend, Brandon Wester, of Bellair - both 19 - were arrested and charged with defeating the ends of justice after they sent pictures of Mary tied up and hanging from the ceiling to her parents.
The teenagers, who both pleaded guilty in the Durban Magistrate’s Court last week, did this to see if Mary’s parents really loved her.
They were handed wholly suspended sentences.
Handing down her sentence, magistrate Lily Mpongose warned them that the offence was serious. But she said she was giving them a chance in the hope that they would learn their lesson.
In her plea, Mary said she and Wester had hatched the fake kidnapping plan at his home on September 16.
“Brandon helped me tie myself up and he began taking pictures of me, which we sent to my best friend, Shane, via BBM. Shane then sent the pictures to my mother, together with a recorded message, which was done by Brandon, and which said he had found the phone at the beach on the bench covered with blood.
“The next morning the police officers came to Brandon’s house and placed us under arrest for obstructing the course of justice.”
Wester said Mary had told him she wanted to “scare” her parents. “I followed the plan and helped her get tied up and started taking pictures with her cellular phone. I also recorded a voice message calling myself Ricardo and saying I had found the phone on the beach.”
Both said they were remorseful for their actions and had no defence for their actions. - Independent on Saturday