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New Pyjamas trial adjourned until September

The trial of a former director of a charity set up to raise for a new Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh has been adjourned until September.

Elaine McGonigle, 50, from Perthshire has denied 13 charges of making false claims for expenses while the director of the New Pyjamas Campaign.

The claims for meetings, food and travel, were said to have been made between September 2008 and March 2010.

The alleged frauds are said to have totalled £1,855.

Only two-and-a-half days of evidence has been heard since the trial began on 2 June.

Witnesses, whom Ms McGonigle claimed expenses for meeting, including the former First Minister Jack McConnell, declared in court that they had never met her on the dates she claimed.

The trial was halted on Wednesday when Ms McGonigle complained of suffering from a migraine.

On Thursday, her son contacted her defence solicitors to say she was unable to attend and had seen a doctor.

The court called for a Soul and Conscience certificate stating this was the case and today (Friday, June 13) this was presented to Sheriff Douglas Allan and accepted by fiscal depute, Pauline Shade.

Due to the unavailability of the Sheriff and defence counsel, advocate Drew Mackenzie, it is due to restart on 22 September. Sheriff Allan asked that a check be maintained on the health of Ms McGonigle.

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