Kent

Kent magistrate guilty of cricket club fraud

A Kent magistrate has been convicted of fraud after using a cricket club cheque book to pay debts of more than £2,000.

Dawn Drabwell was found guilty of fraud by abuse of position at Southwark Crown Court and given an 18-week suspended jail term.

The 50-year-old, of Dover Road, Northfleet, made the payments in 2009 while she was sitting as a magistrate in the North Kent circuit.

Drabwell was club treasurer at the time. She later repaid the money.

After the hearing, Det Con Geoff McCreery, from Kent Police, said: "Those who sit in public office are expected to have integrity and high standards. This was not the case with Dawn Drabwell.

'Position of trust'

"She systematically used an account she had access to in a position of trust, to make payments for personal gain."

Police said Drabwell was a treasurer of the cricket club near Gravesend in 2009 and had responsibility for managing and controlling the club's main bank account for its junior section.

She was banned from holding any financial position of trust with any voluntary organisation for two years.

A spokesman for the Judicial Office said she was appointed as a magistrate in August 2006.

He said: "Dawn Drabwell is still a magistrate although not currently sitting.

"However, any magistrate who fails to demonstrate the requirement of good character would be expected to resign in accordance with the undertaking signed on appointment, failing which consideration would be given to their removal."

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