Treasurer gets suspended sentence
THE TREASURER of a Londonderry parish has been given a suspended sentence after having pleaded guilty to 19 counts of theft.
On 30 April 2014 the Londonderry Crown Court handed down an 18month sentence suspended for three years to Lyndsey Bredin (27) who pleaded guilty to 19 counts of theft from Christ Church, Culmore, Muff and St Peter’s in the city.
Bredin admitted to stealing the funds between March 2010 and October 2011. A statement from the Diocese of Derry & Raphoe reported that the judge told the Bredin: “It is extremely disappointing that not a penny has been repaid,” and noted the “offending has adversely affected the financial future of the churches for a very long time into the future.”
A spokesman for the parish said: “The theft has been traumatic and painful for church members and we are continuing to work together to face both the financial loss and pastoral consequences of our former treasurer’s breach of trust. Jesus’ call to forgive and pray for those who have wronged us is difficult and challenging. We can only continue to pray for the strength to behave, as God would have us,” adding that “we look forward to reading the judge’s full ruling to understand the appropriateness of a suspended sentence for a theft of some £60,000.”