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Judge praises nurse for work ethic but jails him for seven months


A 37 year old nurse has been jailed for seven months by Wolverhampton Crown Court following an investigation into falsification of documents.

Richman Matinyadze, of Brierley Hill, originally from Zimbabwe, was granted temporary asylum in June 2006 but not a work permit, or access to public funds. 

In total Mr Matinyadze earned about £25,000 between December 2007 and November 2009 working for Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership Trust.

He found work as a care assistant at a healthcare centre, where he was paid £200 a week, but used a counterfeit passport to get the job. He later got work with the trust as a mental health nurse.

The judge credited him on his aptitude, describing him as a “good worker”. However, he added: “What you did undermines the system.”


Readers' comments (7)

  • Did the managers of this Trust ever check up on this man's previous experience either in this country or in Zimbabwe?

    Whilst l would accept that they may have checked his passport, surely their would have been more vigorous checks to ensure that he was suitable to work with vulnerable people. Its a good job he was good at his work!!!

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  • I am not condoning what this gentleman did but we should not be quick to judge either. The law is the law and unfortunately in this situation , he has to pay for his actions. The point is, unless we have personally gone through certain experiences or hardships in our lives we can really never know what we are capable of and how far we will go to provide the best for our families .

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  • Surely this guy must have been CRB checked, other than providing a passport, and this requires further documents. As the above says it's a good job he was OK, but what about the next slip up?

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  • How sad that asylum seekers are NOT allowed to work in this country.
    It seems that many people benefitted from this man's expertise - how awful for him that the country that HAS granted him asylum, refuses to let him use his skills and experience to care and to "give something back" to society.

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  • I agree entirely with Elisabeth. As a student I worked with an Asylum Seeker Health Team in Salford and one of our client families, an Iraqi couple, and their new baby were both health professionals (he a nurse and she a doctor), experienced, expert and fluent in English. They too had had their claims assessed positively and yet were unable to work. This was at a time when the UK was still going through it's staffing crisis.

    Whilst I can't condone the falsification of documents, I condemn the processes that made Mr Matinyadze feel it was necessary and wish him all the best.

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  • It seems stupid to allow this guy Asylum but not the right to work using his skills and knowledge to the benefit of some of our most vulnerable society, having a criminal record will make it all the more difficult for him to secure work in this field in the future.
    It was totally wrong of him to give false ID in order to secure work, but lets not loose sight of the fact that he did this purely to be able to financially support himself, there was no malicious intent here.

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  • At the end of the day fraud is fraud in other words stealing. Lots of people go through hardship and do not resort to breaking the law. What if all of us who suffer poverty to the extent of not even having enough money to buy a loaf of bread resorted to fraud/stealing what state would the country be in. People may think this man use false ID to get a job to feed his family but what if everyone resorted to putting false info on CVs or showing false degrees etc would this be tolerated I think not.

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