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£75,000 church fraudster has been told he faces prison

By Paul Higgins

A man who admitted defrauding a church of more than £75,000 has been warned he faces a jail sentence.

At Downpatrick Crown Court, 63-year-old Terrence Connor pleaded guilty to abusing the position he held at Seaforde Presbyterian Church.

The former treasurer admitted defrauding the congregation of £75,180 on dates between January 15 ,2007 and April 9, 2014.

Prosecuting lawyer Samuel Magee told Judge Piers Grant "all of the money" had been recovered and the Public Prosecution Service was not seeking any further orders.

A defence lawyer revealed that Connor, from Castle Heights in Dundrum, had sold his family home to make restitution.

Releasing Connor on bail, Judge Grant said his release was "no indication that you will receive anything other than a custodial sentence". "This is a substantial amount of money... this calls for a custodial sentence but that will depend on what I hear (before sentencing)," he added.

Connor declined to make a comment outside court.

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