Accountant’s charges sent to Grand Court

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.

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.