Judge warns disgraced Stourbridge church treasurer he WILL be sentenced next week

| September 19, 2012

A JUDGE has ruled an accountant who stole more than £525,000 from a Stourbridge church and religious charity where he worked as treasurer must be sentenced for his crimes as scheduled on September 26.

Judge Martin Challinor at Wolverhampton Crown Court rejected a request from barrister Jas Mann on behalf of 57-year-old Stephen Methuen for the case against him to be further adjourned until the end of October Mr Mann told the court Methuen was a man with "serious medical problems" and he had an appointment to see a specialist on October 15.

He stressed Methuen knew he had to be sentenced "sooner or later" but said the specialist's report would reveal just what treatment was needed in future for his troubles.

But Mr Matthew Brook, prosecuting, said investigations into the case had been delayed over the last nine months becase Methuen had been "malingering."

He said: "This is another application to put back the inevitable sentence.” And he maintained Methuen could continue to receive treatment if the case was concluded as planned.



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