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Police clerk on perjury charge over child abandonment

Publish date: 09 May 2013
Issue Number: 3270
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Category: In Court

Police clerk on perjury charge over child abandonment Nicolene Jacobs has told the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court how she was arrested after a police station clerk falsely reported her for child abandonment last year, says a report in The Herald.

The clerk, Natalie Rall (30), is standing trial for perjury, and has pleaded not guilty. Rall had reported a case of child abandonment to police after she claimed a distraught 'unknown' woman dumped the baby on her desk at the police station in August last year. However, she was arrested just days later after the police discovered that Rall had allegedly agreed to foster the then six-month-old baby boy and that she was friends with the woman who dropped the child off. Rall allegedly changed her mind about caring for the child and instead reported a case of child abandonment. Testifying yesterday, Jacobs said she was unable to care for the baby full-time and had arranged for Rall to take him for a couple of days. Jacobs said Rall was her friend and that she had trusted her to take good care of the child. Full report in The Herald (subscription needed)