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Galgorm wedding planner denies defrauding leading hotel out of couples' deposits

By Nein Farrell

A wedding planner has denied charges of defrauding one of Northern Ireland's top hotels out of couples' deposits.

Nicola Currell, from Coastguard Cottages, Glenarm, Co Antrim, is said to have committed the fraud while working at the prestigious Galgorm Resort and Spa complex outside Cullybackey.

The 39-year-old denies 11 charges that she abused her position as a wedding planner at the hotel and a 12th charge of transferring criminal property.

The alleged crimes are said to have been committed on dates between 2008 and 2011.

At an arraignment hearing at Antrim Crown Court yesterday, the defendant stood in the dock with her hands clasped, confirmed her name and replied "not guilty" to each of the charges.

Her lawyer said the case was "very complicated" and would benefit from being looked at "forensically" by an accountant.

"It comes down to the movement of money between various accounts in the hotel," the lawyer added.

The case was adjourned until next month and Currell was released on continuing bail.

As well as spa treatments and weekend breaks, the Galgorm resort (below) is a popular wedding 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 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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