Fraud trial draws nearer for Haverhill rector

Ian Finn ANL-140916-173323001
Ian Finn ANL-140916-173323001

The trial of a Haverhill clergyman who is accused of committing fraud is to take place at a date in early November.

Rev Canon Ian Finn, 56, who was the Rural Dean of Clare, has pleaded not guilty to an offence of fraud by abuse of position, alleged to have taken place over a seven year period while in charge of St Mary the Virgin Church in Haverhill, where he was the rector.

The charge relates to the alleged loss of £13,204 from fees paid for church services between June 1, 2007 and March 1, 2014 by false accounting.

He is accused of defrauding the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.

Mr Finn, of Hopton Rise, Haverhill, was also an honorary canon at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

Last Wednesday (7) at Ipswich Crown Court, Judge Rupert Overbury said the trial was expected to last for seven days.

Mr Finn is currently on unconditional bail until his next court appearance.

Mr Finn was suspended from his job pending the result of the police investigation into the alleged offence.

At a previous hearing at the magistrates court in Bury St Edmunds in September last year, Mr Finn had said: “I am entirely innocent of these charges and have done nothing criminally wrong.

“The last few months have been a dreadful ordeal and I am grateful to all the friends who are supporting me and share my belief that I am innocent.”

At the hearing Mr Finn was supported by more than a dozen friends and parishioners from st Mary’s and his former Benefice of Bansfield.