Portadown woman admits theft and fraud from special school

Ceara School.
Ceara School.

A Portadown woman has pleaded guilty to stealing over £1,200 belonging to Ceara Special School.

Sandra Salt (50), Drumannon Park, Portadown, also admitted a fraud charge at Friday’s sitting of Craigavon Magistrates Court.

The first charge against her alleges that between November 22 last year and April 16 this year she stole cash to the value of £1,210 belonging to Ceara School.

She is also accused that between November 17 last year and April 17 this year she dishonestly made a false representation, namely, held charity events for the purpose of raising money for Ceara with the intent of making a gain for herself and cause a loss to the school.

The facts were not opened at Friday’s court with District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, saying that because of the nature of the charges a pre-sentence report would be required.

He added that given the seriousness of the second charge he said that a custodial sentence may be considered.

On hearing that the accused had a two week holiday coming up the case was adjourned until October 16 for sentencing.

Salt on her first appearance earlier in the year was remanded on her own bail of £300.

A condition of her bail was that she is not to engage in any charity event of raise funds through any charity event.