Lawyer wants case of one of two clients moved to mental health court

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The lawyer for an Anglican priest and his wife — both suspected of swindling money from their parish — plans to apply to have the case of one of the two moved to mental health court.

When the case of Rev. John Dinn, 54, and Catherine Lynn Dinn, 51, was called in provincial court in St. John's today, defence counsel Erin Breen told the judge she will likely file an application to have "one of the parties" have their case heard in mental health court, where psychiatric issues are better handled. She didn't say which one.

With disclosure still coming in from police, Breen and Crown prosecutor Bill Howse agreed to set the case over to July 22.

John Dinn — a rector at St. John Evangelist Church in Topsail — and his wife are facing criminal charges that they defrauded the Conception Bay South parish out of money.

It’s alleged that on Dec. 17, 2012, Catherine Dinn knowingly made a false document —  a cheque — causing an employee of HSBC to act upon the cheque as if it were genuine thereby defrauding the parish out of an amount not exceeding $5,000.

She's accused of two other such incidents — one on or around July 31, 2012 and another on or around Aug. 11, 2012 — whereby a cheque was knowingly forged and then presented to an employee of HSBC as though it were genuine, thereby defrauding the Parish of St. John the Evangelist out of an amount not exceeding $5,000 in each of these two cases, as well.

John Dinn is facing similar charges which allege that on or around July 15 and again on or around Oct. 31, 2012, he forged cheques and presented them as though genuine to an employee of HSBC, thereby defrauding the Parish of St. John the Evangelist out of an amount not exceeding $5,000 in each incident.

All told, Catherine Dinn is facing 12 court charges and John Dinn is facing eight.

John Dinn has been on leave from the parish since January.

The two were not in court today.



Organizations: HSBC, St. John Evangelist Church

Geographic location: St. John's

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