Judge’s daughter begs for leniency for Rastamouse dole cheat

The creator of the children’s TV character Rastamouse avoided a prison sentence for cheating the dole after the judge’s daughter told him not to jail the author. Michael de Souza, 64, wrote the books about the rodent who solves mysteries with his reggae band Da Easy Crew. He wrongly claimed £3,581.90 in Jobseeker’s Allowance and £5,186.12 in housing benefit between January and December 2017, while failing to declare his income from his writing. Judge Christopher Hehir sentenced De Souza to…

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