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Ponsanooth crook who laundered drug money has sentence reduced by appeal

By WBCraig  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

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Worth was sentenced at jailed for five and a half years at Truro Crown Court in August

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A PONSANOOTH crook who laundered tens of thousands of pounds worth of drugs money has had his jail term cut on appeal by top judges.

Trevor Duncan Worth, 41, of St Michael's Road, was jailed for five and a half years at Truro Crown Court in August last year after pleading guilty to fraud and being convicted of money laundering offences.

Lord Justice Elias, Mr Justice Cranston and Mr Justice Nicol, sitting at London's Criminal Appeal Court, cut that term to four and a half years this weekMarch 3 .

The court heard that Worth laundered drugs money from 2005 to 2011, starting just a few weeks after he was released from a prison sentence.

He also committed a mortgage fraud, telling lies to a lender in order to gain a £166,000 mortgage on an old church he was renovating.

The prosecution had proof that he laundered £38,000 of drug money.

However, the Crown Court judge, in passing sentence, said that the true extent of his activities was "probably in the region of £50,000-£100,000" and jailed him with that in mind.

Worth's lawyers argued that the judge should not have stuck to the figures in the prosecution evidence.

Mr Justice Cranston, allowing the appeal, agreed, saying the judge "ought not to have drawn inferences" that more tainted money had passed through Worth's hands.

The appeal judge concluded: "We think the sentence should be reduced to four and a half years rather than the five and a half years imposed by the judge."

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