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Charity boss's trial hears police interview

By George Jackson

The trial of a charity worker who denies 15 charges alleging he made double applications to the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) and to Derry City Council for funding to finance the SEEDS organisation has heard a question-and-answer interview between him and police.

Eddie Kerr (61), from Ashfield Terrace in the Rosemount area of Londonderry, denies committing the offences on various dates between September 2009 and March 2011.

He is accused of making the double funding grant applications to fund his salary of £30,000 and to pay rent for his charity's premises.

On the second day of the trial, a police officer told the jury that on March 8, 2012, the defendant was interviewed under caution in the presence of his solicitor.

The officer said he told the defendant that the interview was the result of a formal complaint received from OFMDFM alleging suspected fraud grant application funding.

The police witness said he showed the defendant several exhibits which were grant application forms signed by the defendant.

He also showed the defendant letters of offer from potential funders for grant aid.

Those letters of offer came from OFMDFM and from Derry City Council.

The officer said each grant application form carried a declaration at the top of the form stating that the applicant could not apply for funding if it had already been secured.

The trial continues.

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