Church questions sentence in £60,000 theft case

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The Church of Ireland in Derry has questioned the appropriateness of a 18 month suspended sentence handed down to a former treasurer who admitted stealing £60,000 from parish funds.

Derry Crown Court had heard the 27-year-old was honorary treasurer for Culmore and Muff Parish Church when she stole the money.

It was revealed the money taken included donations made for a new roof for the Muff Church which parishioners made in memory of people that had died.

In a statement issued this morning a Church of Ireland spokesperson described the theft has having a “traumatic” impact on parishioners.

The spokesperson continued: “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.

“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”.

None of the money has been repaid.