St Boniface's former bursar Christopher Paul Gorman cleared of fraud

A former school bursar has been found not guilty of fraud after no evidence was offered in the case against him.

Christopher Paul Gorman, who worked at St Boniface's Catholic College in Plymouth, was charged with three counts of fraud.

Mr Gorman, 66, of Oak Drive, Crownhill, was cleared at Plymouth Crown Court.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was no "realistic prospect" of a conviction after new evidence came to light.

Mr Gorman had been due to stand trial in December, but at the hearing, Judge Paul Darlow ordered that three not guilty verdicts be recorded against him.

He also issued an order for £300 to be awarded to Mr Gorman's defence.

The CPS said when the charges against Mr Gorman were authorised in October 2011, it was felt there was sufficient evidence against him.

However, District Crown Prosecutor Kathy Taylor said that new evidence "came to light earlier this year, which meant there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction".

"We were therefore unable to continue with the prosecution," she said.

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