Viola Marume, aged 32, of Berrywood Road, Duston was granted the bursary to study nursing having used forged passport pages to secure it in 2006.

At Northampton Crown Court yesterday, she admitted possessing a forged page from a Zimbabwean passport and obtaining property by deception between September 2006 and March.

Richard Holloway, defending, told Judge Thomas Corrie that Marume had done three years of nurse training and was one exam from completing it when the person who had "facilitated" the deception with forged documents had turned her in.

The judge, who adjourned sentencing for reports, said: "These offences normally attract a custodial sentence."

Marume was granted conditional bail and faces deportation back to her homeland once her sentence is complete. (Northampton Chronicle)