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RAF Honington mess clerk admits moving £72k into her own account

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Image caption Davis admitted transferring more than £72,000 to her own bank account

A Royal Air Force civilian clerk has admitted defrauding her employers of more than £72,000.

Zowie Davis transferred money to her own account over a two-year period while a mess clerk at RAF Honington.

Davis resigned her post the same day that she was suspended pending an investigation.

Ipswich Crown Court heard the 38-year-old suffered from severe depression at the time and has since been detained under the Mental Health Act.

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Davis, formerly of Honington, had transferred cheques and cash amounting to £72,690 between February 2012 and October 2014.

'Depression'

She pleaded guilty to an offence of fraud by abuse of position.

In mitigation, Maria Dineen said her client was suffering from severe depression and had initially become a voluntary in patient at a mental health unit.

In January last year Davis was detained at the same hospital under the Mental Health Act.

Judge John Devaux postponed sentencing until next month pending up-to-date psychiatric reports, saying he was unable to indicate what type of sentence she would be given.

Davis faces a further hearing in July under the Proceeds of Crime Act which will aim to recoup as much as possible of what she took.

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