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'Talks ongoing' on sum related to campaigner Peltz's fraud charge

Adrianne Peltz has yet to plea over her charge
Adrianne Peltz has yet to plea over her charge

By Staff Reporter

A lawyer for a high-profile Co Down campaigner charged with defrauding a dog welfare charity has told a court that talks are ongoing with prosecutors to establish the exact amount of money involved.

Adrianne Peltz (34), of Beatrice Road, Bangor, is accused of using a Dogs Trust credit card for personal expenditure between April 10 and October 12 in 2017.

The defendant has yet to formally enter a guilty or not guilty plea.

Previous press statements from the Dogs Trust have described Peltz, who was not present in Ballymena Magistrates courtroom yesterday, as the charity's campaigns manager for Northern Ireland.

She has since left the charity.

Defence barrister Stephen Law told a previous court it was an "alleged breach of trust case".

Also in July, he had said there was an issue regarding the amount of money involved about which he would write to the Public Prosecution Service.

Yesterday, Mr Law said discussions were continuing with prosecutors to agree a value for the money which had been "misappropriated".

The lawyer said the case was not going to "trouble the court".

He asked for the matter to be adjourned to later in the month for the defendant to be "put on her plea".

Peltz has a high media profile in Northern Ireland.

The media commentator has been a spokeswoman for Amnesty International in Northern Ireland and is currently pictured on the Victim Support NI website as being on its board of trustees.

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