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Head and deputy head cleared of stealing £250,000




Michael Turner and Simon Constantinou outside Warwick Crown Court.
Michael Turner and Simon Constantinou outside Warwick Crown Court.

THE former headteacher and deputy headteacher at a special school in Henley-in-Arden have been cleared of stealing £250,000.

Michael Turner and Simon Constantinou had been charged with conspiring to commit theft by allegedly stealing £217,852 from Warwickshire County Council between 2006 and 2015.

It was claimed they stole the money by allegedly abusing their positions while Turner was head teacher at River House School in Henley-in-Arden and Constantiou was deputy head. They denied the charges.

They had been due to stand trial at Warwick Crown Court last month, but it was delayed after prosecutor Graeme Russell said that documents had come to light which needed to be considered, and which could help the defence.

The trial was then due to begin this week, but was adjourned for a further 24 hours after Mr Russell was handed further documents by defence barristers.

And at the resumed hearing Mr Russell, who had been due to apply to put an amended indictment before the jury, said it had been decided to offer no evidence against Turner and Constantinou.

Details of the exact nature of the evidence was not discussed, but Judge Andrew Lockhart QC has ordered a full review.

Full story in next Thursday's Herald .



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