Accountant’s charges sent to Grand Court

Robert Aspinall

Accountant Robert Neil Aspinall, accused of theft of almost half a million dollars, appeared in Summary Court on Monday, when charges against him were committed for trial in the Grand Court.

Robert Aspinall
Robert Aspinall

Aspinall faces 14 Category B charges – meaning that they can be tried in either court.

There are six counts of transferring criminal property; one of false accounting; two each of converting criminal property, theft and forgery; and one of using criminal property.

The theft charges relate to US$445,000 allegedly stolen in 2013, and US$50,414.20 allegedly stolen in 2012.

Aspinall, 37, made his first court appearance on June 22, when the magistrate was advised that certain matters needed to be reviewed.

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On Monday, Crown counsel Stacy-Ann Kelly dealt with those matters, asking Magistrate Valdis Foldats to make technical amendments to some of the charges – mostly changing the year of the law under which the charge was brought or the correct section of the law.

Defense attorney James Austin-Smith asked that his client’s bail be continued until he appears in Grand Court next month.

Bail conditions included surrender of his passport.

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