Town clerk used council credit card for porn

Roy Hunt
Roy Hunt

A TOWN clerk who used a council credit card to view a gay porn website has been handed a suspended jail sentence.

Roy Hunt, aged 70, used a card belonging to Dronfield Town Council to buy pornography, petrol and two laptops.

He was sacked from the council after his 17-month trail of dishonesty was discovered, Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court was told.

Hunt, of Alexandra Road, Swallownest, denied 11 charges of theft and fraud.

But he was convicted following a trial.

Deputy District Judge Lawrence imposed a total of one year’s custody but he suspended it for two years.

He said he would have imposed an immediate term of imprisonment but for Hunt’s health problems, which included lung disease.

Mike Treharne, prosecuting, said Hunt had falsified accounts by disguising purchases in the council records.

Mr Treharne said: “He entered festive lighting in the records while paying to go online to a gay pornsite.

“He did downloads from the PlayStation website and purchased two laptops, entering them on records as fine mesh metals and an item from Screwfix Direct.

“These were false entries in the account book in his own handwriting.

“He suggested it happened because of incompetence but he was found guilty on the basis of dishonesty.”

The offences were committed between March 2009 and August 2010, the court was told.

Hunt’s actions came to light after items on a credit card statement found among planning documents aroused the suspicions of colleagues.

He was on holiday at the time.

Hunt was ordered to pay £750 compensation to Dronfield Town Council, along with £960 trial costs. He also received a 7pm-7am curfew for six months.

The trial was told that he had already repaid the council £616.

Hunt claimed the laptops, together costing £750, were purchased for work use and denied accessing porn websites, claiming the credit card must have been cloned.