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February 17, 2014
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University student faints after being sentenced

A 21-year-old university student fainted in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Friday, after he was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

But despite being unconscious, Mickoy Moodie was handcuffed and taken from court. He had pleaded guilty to five counts of forged documents, six counts of larceny as a servant, conspiracy to defraud, five counts of forgery and access with intent to facilitate the commission of an offence.

The Crown said Moodie, who was employed to a commercial bank as a requisition and pension clerk, handled the incentive payments in one of the institution's departments. There he generated and submitted fraudulent reports, obtaining names and account numbers and, as a result, incentive payments were generated to the accounts of approximately five persons totalling $5.26 million on separate occasions.

On his last court visit a social-enquiry report was ordered.

Before being sentenced, Moodie told the court he has been facing some problems since the death of his mother when he was 15, and was remorseful about his actions. He said he used some of the money to pay his tuition and outstanding bills.

Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey acknowledged that Moodie did not waste the courts' time and also that he begged for leniency. He was sentenced to 12 months on all counts to run concurrently.

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