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Wedding planner who is accused of swindling hotel out of 11 couples' cash

By Nevin Farrell

Published 08/01/2016

Nicola Currell outside court yesterday
Nicola Currell outside court yesterday

This is the wedding planner accused of defrauding Galgorm Resort and Spa out of the deposits of 11 couples who were planning their big day.

Nicola Currell, of Coastguard Cottages in Glenarm, is charged with committing the fraud at the prestigious venue near Ballymena.

Currell (39) faces 11 charges that she dishonestly abused her position by making unauthorised transfers of funds from accounts in the names of couples to accounts held by the hotel to benefit herself.

She also faces a 12th charge of transferring criminal property.

The charges relate to dates between 2008 and 2011.

At a preliminary enquiry at Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday she was released on her own bail of £500 to Antrim Crown Court on February 11 for arraignment.

Defence barrister Aaron Thompson said his client had no objection to a preliminary enquiry being held and had no contrary submissions.

At earlier mentions of the case, Mr Thompson said his client was a single parent who recently gave birth and was "breastfeeding" and could not be in attendance.

Galgorm Resort is a popular venue. Its website says: "We have devised a number of packages that draw on the experience of selective and highly respected experts in their field.

"Coupling these attributes to our own unrivalled standards and facilities, we are confident that our all-inclusive weddings will afford you a stress-free journey to that perfect wedding day."

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