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Man in court accused of £110k theft from Co Antrim church

The defendant has yet to enter a plea (stock photo)
The defendant has yet to enter a plea (stock photo)

By Nevin Farrrell

A man accused of stealing £110,000 from Glenwherry Presbyterian Church in Co Antrim appeared at Ballymena Magistrates' Court yesterday.

Robert Saunderson (63), of Church Road, Glenwherry, is also charged with writing church cheques made out to himself.

The defendant is further accused of possessing criminal property and faces a fourth charge of transferring criminal property. The charges relate to August 24 of last year.

Saunderson confirmed he understood the charges.

A prosecutor said the case would probably be sent to Antrim Crown Court and that the matter was being allocated to a senior prosecutor.

Defence solicitor David McIlrath said the "headline figure" in the charges "has been substantially reduced".

The lawyer said efforts were being made to ensure the church would not be at a financial loss.

The defendant has yet to enter a plea.

District Judge Nigel Broderick adjourned the case until the end of May.

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