A LANDLADY who admitted being behind a fake heist on her social club has appeared in court in a bid to change her plea.
Kim Collins claimed she had been bound and gagged by a masked raider when she was discovered tied to a chair by a cleaner in the Big Club in Boldon Colliery.
Police were called, sparking a huge operation to find the person responsible.
Special officers and a police helicopter were scrambled to the area after she told officers the raider – a masked man – might still be in the building.
But Collins later admitted to making the whole thing up after being inspired by television show CSI.
The 42-year-old of Station Road, Boldon Colliery, went on to plead guilty to wasting police time when she appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in November.
However, on November 23 – the date she was due to be sentenced – the court was told by her new solicitor, Michael Henderson, that she wanted to change her plea to not guilty.
The case was adjourned until yesterday.
The court heard Collins had been represented by a different solicitor at the time of her guilty pleas and now wanted to change those pleas after instructing a new solicitor.
The court was told “there were a number of issues” that needed to be looked at.
Magistrates adjourned the case against Collins, who will remain on unconditional bail, until January 18.