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Fraudster's bid to repay bank £35k he swindled

By Ashleigh McDonald

The sentencing of a former soldier from England who admitted defrauding Danske Bank of more than £35,000 has been adjourned to give him time to raise money to pay the bank back.

Munyaradzi Mangoma, from Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, made a series of fraudulent transactions over a seven-day period in the greater Belfast area using fake ID.

Belfast Crown Court heard that Mangoma was identified after a briefing was sent by the PSNI to police forces across the UK, and an officer in Sussex recognised him, as they had served together in the Armed Forces.

Judge Patricia Smyth agreed to adjourn sentencing after Mangoma's barrister revealed steps were being taken to raise funds in a bid to repay the bank.

Declan Quinn said his client and his sister were both members of a church which has "agreed to raise money for restitution in this case", and that around £9,000 will also be raised via the sale of a car.

Mangoma (28) admitted 11 counts of fraud by false representation in June 2015.

Crown prosecutor Peter Magill said Mangoma used fake driving licences to withdraw a total of £35,000.

Defence barrister Declan Quinn asked Judge Smyth to adjourn the matter, to allow his client time to raise money to pay back the bank.

The judge agreed to the adjournment and said she would sentence Mangoma in May.

Judge Smyth released Mangoma on continuing bail, warning that she had not yet decided on what sentence to hand down.

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