Law and out-of-order for thieving student
A law student from Wimbledon is facing jail after stealing a cheque for more than £100,000 made out to an elderly neighbour.
Andrew Curzon, 19, of Lingfield Road, Wimbledon, opened a letter that had been sent to his house by mistake, containing a £117,533 cheque from a pension fund that had matured.
The old Etonian scrawled his name over the top of the cheque and tried to deposit it in his own account.
Curzon was arrested when he returned a week later to check that the funds had cleared.
Curzon had pleaded guilty to forgery and using a false instrument.
Francis Wellby, presiding magistrate, rejected defence lawyer Mandeep Sehmi's plea for community service and last week committed the case to crown court.
Mr Sehmi said Curzon had suffered from stress when he committed the offence. No date has been set for Curzon's next appearance and he is on unconditional bail.
4:58pm Thursday 24th August 2006