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Robert Saunderson, the former treasurer of Glenwherry Presbyterian Church in Co Antrim, is charged with fraud by abuse of position

Robert Saunderson, the former treasurer of Glenwherry Presbyterian Church in Co Antrim, is charged with fraud by abuse of position

Robert Saunderson, the former treasurer of Glenwherry Presbyterian Church in Co Antrim, is charged with fraud by abuse of position

A man accused of defrauding a church out of £119,000 over an 11-year period has appeared in court.

Robert Saunderson, the former treasurer of Glenwherry Presbyterian Church in Co Antrim, is charged with fraud by abuse of position.

The 65-year-old, from Church Road in Glenwherry, stood with his hands clasped as he appeared before Deputy District Judge Anne Marshall at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday.

He is alleged to have abused his position to make unauthorised payments and deductions between January 1, 2007, and June 26, 2018.

During a preliminary enquiry hearing — a step necessary to elevate any case to the Crown Court — the defendant confirmed he understood the charge against him.

The prosecution submitted there was a case to answer, which was conceded by a defence lawyer and Judge Marshall.

The defendant declined to make any comment in respect of the charge.

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Saunderson was released on bail without conditions and ordered to appear before Antrim Crown Court at the end of August.


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