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Dorchester inmate caught using forged letter
1:30pm Saturday 12th January 2013 in News
A FRAUDSTER who tried to use a forged document to secure an early release from HMP Dorchester has been given a community order.
Kevin Mark Christie, 47, admitted a charge of using a false instrument and appeared at Dorchester Crown Court to be sentenced.
The charge related to the use of a forged letter from the Attorney General’s office in a bid to secure his release from the county town jail on a home detention curfew in July 2011.
Stuart Ellacott, prosecuting, told the court that Christie, of Aylesbury Road, Bournemouth, had been sentenced to 18 months in prison in March 2011 at Southampton Crown Court for fraud, theft and other matters.
He said in May that year he had tried and failed to secure a home detention curfew and renewed his application in July using the forged letter. Christie’s application was rejected in any event and the forgery was later spotted.
Kevin Hill, mitigating, said his client had created the letter to persuade his solicitors to represent him and when they had sent it back to him he ‘foolishly’ decided to use it.
Judge Roger Jarvis imposed a community order with Christie ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.