Vice prin­ci­pal avoids jail term

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

The for­mer vice prin­ci­pal of the Sawtry school was also sen­tenced after ad­mit­ting fraud.

Alan Stevens (64) of Sap­per­ton, Wer­ring­ton, also pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud re­lat­ing to just over £364.

He was sen­tenced to 24 weeks sus­pended for 12 months with 80 hours of un­paid work at the sen­tenc­ing hear­ing at Hunt­ing­don Crown Court on Fri­day.

The court was told his fraud was also re­lated to ex­pense claims, which were signed off by James Stewart.

Stevens, who had been deputy prin­ci­pal since 1994, also is­sued an apol­ogy to pupils and staff at the school, and the Sawtry com­mu­nity as a whole.

David Swin­ner­ton, de­fend­ing, said he ac­cepted he was neg­li­gent, but he and Stewart were ‘not in it to­gether.’ He said Stevens ad­mit­ted he had ‘stepped over the line.’

He also out­lined se­ri­ous health prob­lems Stevens has had in re­cent years, in­clud­ing rheuma­toid arthri­tis, tongue cancer and heart fail­ure.

Judge Bridge said the of­fences were not as se­ri­ous as the ones faced by Stewart, as the money in­volved was ‘a drop in the ocean’ com­pared to Stevens’ co-de­fen­dant.

Stevens was or­dered to pay the money back as com­pen­sa­tion to the school.

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