Policeman convicted of fraud

A WOMAN stabbed during a crazed knife attack in Kenya wept in court yesterday after her policeman husband was convicted of fraud.Lisa Seaman has endured four months of hell after she was stabbed on a paradise honeymoon with her policeman husband Mark last year - and yesterday saw him shamed in court after a jury found him guilty of fiddling the paperwork to sell his off licence store.

A WOMAN stabbed during a crazed knife attack in Kenya wept in court yesterday after her policeman husband was convicted of fraud.

Lisa Seaman has endured four months of hell after she was stabbed on a paradise honeymoon with her policeman husband Mark last year - and yesterday saw him shamed in court after a jury found him guilty of fiddling the paperwork to sell his off licence store.

The benefits officer and Special Constable was left with a near fatal wound when Olaf Klinkusch plunged a knife into her stomach.

But yesterday things reached a new low for the 32-year-old at Norwich Crown Court as her husband faced up to losing his dream job with Suffolk Police after being found guilty of fiddling accounts to sell his Norwich business.


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The couple face possible financial ruin and Seaman is set to lose his job after being ordered to pay court costs totalling £3,690. He will also have to complete 120 hours of community service.

The Seamans will have to live on Lisa's £900 a month wage from Waveney District Council for her work in the benefits department.

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Mark Seaman, 31, had denied two counts of forging the financial statements of 2000 and 2001 to sell off-licence La Bodega, in Colman Road, but a jury unanimously found him guilty after just two hours of deliberation.

He had to sell the business when he joined the Suffolk Force in June 2001 as officers are not allowed to have any business interests.

The policeman had tried to blame his former partner Belinda Anderson, who also has a stake in the business, for the fake accounts in what Judge Peter Jacobs said was a “brazen” attempt to save his job.

“You have been convicted by the jury on the clearest evidence,” the Judge said.

“The irony must be that the figures did not affect anything to any great effect.

“Nonetheless that was obviously the intention to inflate the accounts in hope somebody would buy the business.

“It was a stupid and dishonest thing to do especially for somebody who had just got into the police force.”

The judge said once Seaman, of Adrian Road in Lowestoft, realised what trouble he was in, he tried to blame his former partner.

“You did try to brazen it out to save your job in the police force and took it upon yourself to do what you previously hadn't done, and blame it on your partner Belinda Anderson,” he said.

Earlier, Ian James, defending, had told the judge that whatever punishment he meted out could not make Seaman feel any worse.

“The disgrace of losing his job is a significant punishment,” he said. “Whatever one might think about the actions of forging in these circumstances, the reality is fortunately nobody was deceived and nobody did act on it.”

After the hearing, Mr James said the defence team was still considering an appeal against the conviction.

Last night a spokeswoman for Suffolk Police confirmed that Seaman would be suspended.

“Given that criminal proceedings have come to a conclusion, the officer concerned will be suspended from duty pending internal disciplinary action,” she said.

After the hearing neither Mrs Seaman or her husband wanted to comment on the case.

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