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Court hears from millionaire’s daughter

Allegations are made that a woman forged a credit card signature to buy a $200,000 dollar diamond ring. That is just one of 26 theft-related charges Michelle Bouchard denies.

Miss Bouchard, a Canadian, is alleged to have “wormed her way into the life” of multi-millionaire Australian, James Handford.

His daughter Sue van Dijk, explained to the jury how her father’s mental health was slowly deteriorating over the years.

She said he’s currently in a secure ward back in his native Australia receiving round the clock care.

Mrs. van Dijk said she had a fairly normal relationship with Miss Bouchard, but got the impression her father liked her a lot more than she liked him.

In 2012, during what she described as a surprise visit to see her father, who lived at the Water’s Edge condos on West Bay Road, she went to a meeting at Butterfield Bank with her dad to look at bank statements in relation to the joint account he shared with Miss Bouchard.

A forgery expert said he felt the signature on a credit card receipt for the diamond ring was not made by Mr. Handford. However, under cross examination, he admitted that people’s signatures do change when people are taking medication or drinking alcohol.

Cayman 27’s Paul Kennedy was in court, and has this report.

About the author

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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