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Former charity chief in the dock
10:20am Monday 26th March 2012 in News
A FORMER charity boss accused of stealing thousands of pounds from the organisation has been told he will face trial by jury.
Southampton magistrates have ordered that Christopher Hedges (right) who is charged with taking £8,470.75 in relation to expenses while acting as chief executive of the Hampshire Care for the Blind, will appear before a judge at Southampton Crown Court. The allegation covers a period between March 25, 2007 and November 1, 2010.
Hedges, 60, of Pembroke Close, Boyatt Wood, had bail renewed pending committal proceedings to Southampton Crown Court in April.
Hedges was employed as chief executive for the charity, now called Open Sight, which works with hundreds of blind and visually-impaired people throughout the county.
He was charged following a 14-month investigation by detectives into alleged financial irregularities at the Bishop-stoke-based charity.