Secretary of Gipping Angling Preservation Society stole money for fetish sex and drugs, court told

Ipswich Crown Court
Ipswich Crown Court

A Stowmarket man stole more than £9,000 while acting as secretary of the Gipping Angling Preservation Society, a court has been told.

David Page, 38, of Combs Lane, took the money to buy cocaine and for his interest in fetish sex with prostitutes over a six month period.

Today (Friday) at Ipswich Crown Court, Page was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered to repay the money he took.

Page initially denied an offence of fraud by abuse of position but later changed his plea to guilty. He has no previous convictions.

Prosecuting, John Farmer said the amount taken from society funds by Page over a six month period from the middle of 2015 totalled £9,655.

Mr Farmer said that Page used blank cheques signed by the society chairman to pay the money to himself.

Society officials became suspicious at the number of cheques being paid out for £300 and an investigation began.

Mr Farmer said that last year a society member had shown the chairman a recording in which Page admitted taking money to pay for cocaine and an interest in prostitutes for fetish sex.

Appearing for Page, Noel Casey said his client regretted what he had done and no longer fished.

Page, who operates a small road transport business, was told by Mr Recorder Rex Bryan: “You put the financial standing of this club in jeopardy. You behaviour towards the society which placed this trust in you was completely shameful.”

Mr Recorder Bryan said Page would have to pay £9,655 compensation to Gipping Angling Preservation Society within the next 14 days or face the possibility of serving a six month prison sentence.

He was also ordered to pay £1,500 prosecution costs and must complete 150 hours of unpaid community work.