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August 4, 2014
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Female on fraud rap gets six-month suspended sentence
Rasbert Turner, Star Writer

A St Catherine woman who used fictitious documentation to secure bail for a man was a given six-month suspended sentence in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court last Friday.

She is Sydonie Thomas of Eltham Park in the parish.

When the matter was called up, defence attorney, Earl Hamilton, pleaded for leniency on his client, saying she can be redeemed.

Hamilton told the court that the 52-year-old mother of six did not waste the court's time.

After reading the social enquiry report, Resident Magistrate Anmarie Nembhard then handed down her sentence.

Thomas' appearance in court arose from an incident in January this year, after she was arrested and charged with uttering forged document, and false pretence.

She reportedly bailed a man using the name Monica Pitt, who had died two years earlier.

The fraud was uncovered when the man failed to appear and personnel from St Catherine Bailiff's office went in search of the surety.

It was revealed that the National Voter Identification Card had Thomas' photograph but the dead woman's name.

She was charged by Detective Constable David Christian of the Spanish Town Police Station.

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