Northern Ireland

Stanley Poots denies alleged fraud charges at Dromora primary school

former dromora primary principal stanley poots who denies alleged fraud charges at the school
Image caption Mr Poots retired as school principal last year

A former principal is denying all charges of fraud relating to financial issues at his County Down primary.

Stanley Poots, 67, appeared in court in December on 15 charges of alleged fraud connected to Dromara Primary School.

It is understood the charges relate to alleged fraud over five years, amounting to almost £73,000.

The Public Prosecution Service said it is waiting to see police files before deciding whether to proceed with the charges.

Mr Poots, of Hillsborough Road, Dromora, retired from the school last year.

The charges include making 90 fraudulent cheques, dishonestly abusing his position to obtain money from a schools' cross community account, and falsely requesting money for school trips.

Mr Poots said he will contest all the charges and will plead not guilty.

The former principal has been a leading member and former president of the Ulster Teachers Union and was awarded a MBE last year for his services to education.

Mr Poots was remanded on continuing bail until the middle of March.