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Ex-headteacher Robert Juniper admits defrauding Phoenix Community Primary School out of thousands

A former head teacher today admitted defrauding his school of more than £4,000.

Dressed in a suit and blue shirt and tie, Robert Juniper, 55, pleaded guilty to one charge relating to £4,228 between November 2011 and April 2013.

But the ex-head of Phoenix Community Primary School in Belmont Road, Ashford, who lives in Jubilee Fields, Upchurch, was granted bail until his sentencing hearing later in the year.

Former headteacher of Ashford's Phoenix Primary School, Robert Juniper
Former headteacher of Ashford's Phoenix Primary School, Robert Juniper

Standing with him in the dock at Canterbury Crown Court was his former office manager Yvonne Pucknell.

She pleaded not guilty to running up a £7,756 bill by misusing a school credit card between January 2011 and April 2013.

Pucknell, a 62-year-old mother from Bybrook Road, Kennington also denied a second charge of fraud, involving £21,476 in overtime payments and also stealing £2,091 during the same period.

Don Ramble, prosecuting, told Canterbury Crown Court that the trial was expected to take place in November this year or January 2016 and will last three days.

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