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Woman denies forging receipt

PUBLISHED: 21:12 12 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:32 03 March 2010

AN Ipswich woman tried to get out of paying a court fine by backing up her claim that she had paid the money with a forged bailiff's receipt, it was alleged.

AN Ipswich woman tried to get out of paying a court fine by backing up her claim that she had paid the money with a forged bailiff's receipt, it was alleged.

Christine Harrison, of Downing Close, Ipswich, had been ordered to pay £540 by the town's magistrates in 1999 for failing to ensure that her children attended school.

Harrison had paid £2 off the fine and nothing more, said Lindsay Cox prosecuting, at Ipswich Crown Court.

Last year Harrison was brought before Ipswich magistrates on a warrant because of her failure to pay the fine and on that day she paid a further £100 off the outstanding amount.

She told the court that she had paid £425 to a bailiff and produced a receipt to that effect. The case was adjourned while the authenticity of the

receipt was looked into, said Mr Cox.

It was subsequently discovered that the receipt had been issued to Harrison in 1998 by a bailiff when she had paid £25 off an earlier fine. Mr Cox claimed the receipt had been altered to make it appear that Harrison had paid £425.

Harrison has denied doing an act intending to pervert the course of justice and two offences of perjury.

The trial continues today.


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