Trea­surer gets sus­pended sen­tence

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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.”

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