Suspicious Wife Sparks Bomb Scare
November 11, 2011 by staff
Dr Bianchini had a GPS tracker attached to the fuel tank of William Sachiti’s £40,000 Lexus car.
But when Mr Sachiti, 30, saw the flashing box he thought it was a bomb and walked straight into the nearest police station.
Officers cleared the area and told residents to stay away.
But police discovered his suspicious wife had employed private detectives to keep an eye on him.
Entrepreneur Mr Sachiti, who has appeared on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den, said: “My wife has always been that sort of person who has wanted to know where I am.
“She may well have thought I’m having an affair but I’m not. I don’t know where she got the idea, maybe she was watching a lot of TV or something.”
Dr Bianchini, 35, a specialist oncologist, said: “I’m very sorry. It was a huge mistake and I was absolutely out of my mind.”
Mr Sachiti from Banstead, Surrey, added: “It was the wife who hired someone to follow me as she was concerned about my new ambiguous work hours.
“She did not realise that they would put a device under my car and thought that they would only follow me and take pictures to confirm why whereabouts.”
He initially feared he could be a bomb target because of his work in bank security.
“At first I didn’t know what to do. I called a friend and they were concerned it could be something dangerous. So I went straight away to the police station.”
Officers evacuated the High Street in Sutton, South London, threw a cordon around his car and called out the bomb squad.
William said: “I’m going to stick with her because I can’t be bothered with the drama. She’s apologised profusely again and again. She’s my wife and I love her.
“In time I’m sure we’ll both be laughing about it. It did wind me up, but what can I do now?
“I’ve never cheated in the past. Some people are naturally very passionate, and she is one of those people.
“Maybe it’s because I’m a bit younger than her, I don’t know.”
When he appeared on Dragons’ Den in 2009 he was asking for money to invest in his Clever Bin, a solar-powered street bin, complete with alarm and GPS tracking which he aims to sell to local authorities.
Unfortunately for the wannabe whizkid, Dragon Peter Jones told him part of his proposal – which was totally rejected by the dragons – was “the biggest load of bull I’ve ever heard in the Den”.
One resident who was caught up in the evacuation said: “I was told to get off that part of the high street and stay away from the cordon.”
A police spokesman said: “The bomb disposal squad, London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service were called but cancelled when police officers were informed by the driver’s wife that she had arranged to have a tracking device fitted to her husband’s car.”
GPS trackers: The science part
A GPS tracking unit works in a similar way to satellite navigation by using the global positioning system to calculate a vehicle’s exact location.
But instead of displaying the car’s location on a screen like a satnav, it sends the data back to a computer via mobile networks.
It can pinpoint the vehicle’s exact route, stop times, speed, direction and even the altitude.
Most GPS systems update their information just once a minute, but some do it more frequently.
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