Suffolk man stole £17k while working as village hall treasurer

Kelsale cum Carlton village hall. Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Andrew Bouton worked as Kelsale Village Hall treasurer - Credit: Archant

The former treasurer of a Suffolk village hall who stole more than £17,000 in funds will be sentenced at the crown court. 

While working as Kelsale Village Hall treasurer between February 16, 2018, and May 30, 2020, Andrew Bouton, 68, stole £17,896 and transferred the money into his own bank account. 

The village hall, near Saxmundham, which is registered as a charitable trust, is run by a management committee of volunteer trustees. 

Bouton, of Clay Hills Road, Kelsale cum Carlton, previously pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position on September 3, and an all-options pre-sentence report was ordered by magistrates. 

Wayne Ablett, prosecuting, said there was a victim impact statement from one member of staff who said Bouton's behaviour had caused "significant distress". 

Magistrates committed the case to the crown court for sentence on a date to be fixed. 

Bouton, who was represented in court by solicitor Sue Threadkell, was granted unconditional bail ahead of his sentence. 

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