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Jury acquits man whose relative gives him forged cheque to cash

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Twenty-seven-year-old local Kendald Luis Fanord of Georges Hollow on Tortola was unanimously acquitted of two of his three charges when his trial concluded at the high court on Monday, October 19.

Fanord appeared before Justice Stanley John at the start of his three-day trial on Thursday, charged with theft, unlawful possession of proceeds of criminal conduct and uttering forged documents.

The court heard that on February 12, 2019, Fanord was asked by a relative – who was also previously jointly charged – to carry a cheque valuing $1,675 to Scotiabank. The cheque was cashed successfully and Fanord allegedly gave the sum to the relative who had asked him to take the cheque to the bank.

The court was further informed that the relative had stolen the cheque from a former employee and copied Fanord’s name on to it.

Relative admitted to fraud and theft

During the trial, The relative submitted evidence on behalf of Fanord, admitting that he stole the cheque and wrote Fanord’s name on the document. He further told the court that he did not inform the Fanord that the cheque was forged.

Fanord also gave evidence to which he maintained throughout the proceedings that he was unaware that the cheque had been forged.

To this end, his attorney Reynela Rawlins of PST Law argued that her client had no knowledge of the cheque being forged.

Theft offence withdrawn

Before the summing up of the closing arguments from both the prosecution and the defence, Justice John indicated that he was going to withdraw the theft charge. 

He, therefore, directed the jury to return a not-guilty verdict on that offence.

Meanwhile, for the offences of unlawful possession of proceeds of criminal conduct and uttering forged documents, the nine-member jury took fewer than three hours before returning with a not-guilty verdict.

Fanord was therefore acquitted of all charges.

The relative had previously pleaded guilty in July 2020 to the aforementioned offences and was given a suspended sentence.

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  1. LOL says:

    JUSTICE or JUST ICE ???

  2. Huh? says:

    Why on earth was this case prosecuted? Doesn’t the DPP have any judgment? She should be considering her position!

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    • ybaba says:

      While I applaud the gov for putting nationality first I would hope they also check the prosecutor’s record. The dpp have a proven record of loses no joke. Her years of experience may be good in finding talented prosecutors and organizing the office but check her file it’s woefully weighted on the loss column. I am in full agreement with Huh. Who is in charge of odpp huh.

  3. Yess says:

    If the gloves dont fit. You must acquit

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  4. Glad my boy free says:

    Dpp none

  5. Mr Shovels says:

    With family like that, who needs enemies…

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  6. Soo.. says:

    ….what happen to the person that stole the cheque?

  7. To Admin says:

    Whose. Not who’s

  8. concerned says:

    A complete waste of courts time. What happened to ‘In the public Interest’ to prosecute.

    • Crazy stupidness and foolishness says:

      The DPP has no judgment as what is in the public interest. Unfortunately, this will not be the only time that this sort of mistake is made.

  9. Sister Island says:

    Yea, try to cash a check at Scotia if you are a white guy and see what happens! They wont even cash one of my checks when I bring it in with my passport: ‘sorry the date of the check is too old’ (suck teeth), ‘the bank routing number for Banko Popular is not right, you need to go back and get a new number from them (suck teeth), sorry you already signed the check and you have to sign it in front of me (suck teeth)…
    considering all these tellers do is stamp stuff 3 times and put money into a counting machine, it is magical this guy didn’t make off with more than the $1,675

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