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The South African woman, Nicole Prinsloo, who was formally charged with false accounting and theft, is now free to walk, as the crown recently filed a notice of discontinuance in her matter.
Following an appearance before the court earlier this week, Prinsloo left the court crying tears of joy after hearing the good news.
According to the crown, as the case progressed, the DPP's office made the decision following further developments in the matter and a specific course that was taken.
Prinsloo, 36, had pleaded not guilty to the charge of theft in an earlier appearance.
According to the court records, the charges stemmed from an incident that occurred on April 15th, 2016.
It is alleged that on April 15th, 2016, the accused collected $750 in total from a client of the real estate company she worked. She gave him a written receipt, stating that she collected such, as this is the procedure of the company. The receipt was written in the company’s receipt book.
The court heard that the accused, who has been living in the Territory since October 2015, kept the money in her possession, without informing the owner of the company or the company’s accountant of the transaction.
Weeks later, in the process of conducting a transaction, the owner of the company needed and requested for the said receipt book, but the location of the book was unknown and couldn’t be found.
Prosecution contended that it is company's policy for the receipt book to remain in the office at all times.
Further inquiry into the matter resulted in the owner asking the accused if she knew the whereabouts of the book, to which she responded that she no knowledge, but would look for it at home.
Later that day, she returned to work with the company’s receipt book. After a thorough inspection, the owner realized a receipt accounting for the collection of $750, but no trace of the money in the account.
Prinsloo admitted that the receipt was done by her, but said she didn’t know where the money was.
Officers of the Road Town Police Station were notified and the accused was met, cautioned and arrested.
She reportedly told the officers she did not get a chance to clear herself.
Prinsloo was subsequently fired.