Woman sentenced for conning rocker

2010-10-20 11:18

Paarl - The young South African woman who conned a 1960s British rock star out of hundreds of thousands of rand, was on Tuesday sentenced to three years of correctional supervision in the Paarl Regional Court.

Lindiwe Noko was found guilty on charges of fraud earlier this month. She had taken more than R420 000 out of the bank account of Ginger Baker, 71, the former drummer of the British rock group, Cream.

Baker left rock 'n roll for a polo farm near Tulbagh, where he has been living for the past nine years.

In 2006, he appointed Noko as a temporary secretary to look after his banking matters, after meeting her in a bank where she was working as a clerk.

Baker gave Noko gifts and paid for an expensive eye operation, which apparently made a significant improvement to her appearance.

Paying money back

The amount that Noko now owes Baker is about R130 000. She sold a car, amongst others, and started paying back the money according to a confession of guilt, which was made during a civil case in the Western Cape High Court, said her lawyer, Martin Green, on Tuesday.

"I informed the accused that the court would not be very impressed with this behaviour of hers and would consider a heavy sanction. Her actions can't be justified."

Regional magistrate Annemarie Immelman said it was important that Noko realised that what she had done was "really unnecessary" and that she had damaged her own life.

Immelman sentenced her to three years correctional supervision, which entails that she is only allowed to leave her house under certain circumstances. Additionally, she also has to do community service and undergo rehabilitation programmes.

Two years ago, Baker caused a stir when he offered to testify naked. He was not present in court on Tuesday and couldn't be reached for comment.

Cream was an influential band founded in 1966 and consisted of guitar icon Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce on base and Baker on drums. Sunshine of Your Love was one of their best-known songs.