Carrickfergus woman to face £35,000 fraud trial

Wendy McKay
Wendy McKay

A woman is to stand trial accused of funding her own lifestyle with £35,000 belonging to a man whose finances she was supposed to protect.

Wendy McKay is alleged to have committed the fraud by abuse of position over a six-month period.

The 55-year-old, of Victoria Gardens, Carrickfergus, appeared before Belfast Magistrates’ Court for preliminary enquiry proceedings to establish if she has a case to answer.

She is accused of using Clifford Wilkinson’s money for her own purposes while in a position where she was expected to safeguard his financial interests.

The charge relates to dates between October 2010 and April 2011.

No further details of the alleged offence were disclosed during the hearing.

Entering the dock on crutches, McKay shook her head when asked if she wanted to give evidence or call witnesses at this stage in the case.

Deputy District Judge Peter Prenter backed a prosecution submission that a prima facie case has been established.

He granted an application to have McKay returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

The accused was released on £250 bail until those proceedings get under way.