In a bizarre attempt to avoid jail, a conman of Indian origin pretended to have gone dumb for more than a year after he was caught stealing over £400,000 from a post office and arrested in Manchester.
But Amritpal Mehat’s efforts went in vain as he was given a four-year prison term by a Manchester court.
The 26-year-old conman claimed that he was a deeply religious person and that God had struck him dumb after he was arrested. His charade was exposed when he was ordered to go to a mental health institute while on remand and began chatting to a psychologist in Punjabi.
The conversation between the ‘dumb’ Mehat and the psychologist was played out in the Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, where Judge Bernard Level sentenced him to four years in jail, reports said.
Mehat stole the cash between November 2008 and January 2009, allegedly to stave off disaster for his family business.
Keywords: Indian-origin conman