Clergyman to face retrial over fraud allegations

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Ian Finn ANL-140916-173301001

A Suffolk clergyman is to face a retrial over allegations that he defrauded his own Diocese Board of Finance.

Last month a jury at Ipswich Crown Court was discharged after failing to reach a verdict in the case of Rev Ian Finn, 57, who is Rector of St Mary the Virgin in Haverhill.

Today (December 8) Judge David Goodin was told that the Crown Prosecution Service wanted a retrial.

A date for the start of the trial, expected to last for up to six days, has been set for June 27, next year.

Until then Finn will remain on bail.

Rev Finn, of Hopton Rise, Haverhill, who is also Rural Dean of Clare and an Honorary Canon of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, has been accused of fraud by abuse of position in respect of £12,707 of undeclared fees for funerals and reading wedding banns.

The offence is alleged to have been committed between June 2007 and March 2014 in Haverhill.

Following the decision The Venerable Ian Morgan, Archdeacon of Suffolk, said: “The jury was unable to reach a decision and the Crown Prosecution Service has requested a retrial.

“As legal proceedings are still ongoing, it is therefore inappropriate to comment at this stage, other than to say that the diocese will continue to support all concerned.”