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Diary of accused read to jury

A jury hears extracts from the diary of a woman accused of stealing more than a $1m from an elderly man.

In it, Michelle Bouchard outlines her plans for financial security, and how she wanted a regular income and expensive jewelry in return for starting a relationship with an 88-year-old businessman.

In her diary, she said she wanted an annual income of $100,000 per year, rising with inflation and gifts of jewelry on her birthday, Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

The French Canadian also said she wanted a trophy house in Cayman that she could use to show off her interior design skills and build her own business.

The jury heard how she also struggled to reach a decision whether or not to have sex with James Handford, who she referred to as Jim, an elderly Australian millionaire she lived with.

“I am truly blessed to have him in my life,” she wrote. “He truly is like a guardian angel.”

The extracts were read to the jury by prosecution barrister Simon Russell Flint QC.

“I’m teetering on the brink of being his girlfriend but I cannot survive on $3,000 a month in Cayman even if he pays my room and board.”

Miss Bouchard has pleaded not guilty to 26 theft related charges. The prosecution case is expected to rest in the next few days.

Cayman 27’s Paul Kennedy has this report.

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Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy

Paul has worked for more than 20 years for regional and national newspapers in the UK covering some of the world’s biggest stories.

A multi-award winning journalist, Paul’s dream story is to find a dog that can play the piano. In the meantime he covers general news, produces, and hosts a weekly show about English football.

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