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Pictured: Galgorm Resort wedding planner Nicola Currell, accused of defrauding top hotel out of couples' deposits

By Nevin Farrell

This is the face of the wedding planner accused of defrauding top Northern Ireland hotel, Galgorm Resort and Spa, out of 11 couples' deposits for their big days.

Nicola Currell, from Coastguard Cottages in Glenarm, Co Antrim, is charged with committing the fraud while she worked at the prestigious Galgorm Resort near Ballymena.

Currell (39) faces eleven charges of making unauthorised transfers of funds from accounts set up by the couples between 2008 and 2011.

She is accused of dishonestly abusing her position as a hotel wedding planner, where she was expected to safeguard the financial interests of Galgorm.

The intention, the charge sheet reads, was "to make a gain for yourself or another or to cause loss to Galgorm Resort and Spa or to expose Galgorm Resort and Spa to a risk of a loss".

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

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

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

At earlier mentions of the case in court, Mr Thompson said his client is a single parent who recently gave birth and was breastfeeding a child so could not be in attendance at those hearings.

Galgorm Resort and Spa is a popular wedding venue and their 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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