Former Priest Sentenced to 60 Days in Jail Plus Counselling


John Dinn, the former rector of St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Topsail, and his wife were sentenced in court today for defrauding the parish. VOCM’s Andrew Hawthorn reports live from provincial court.

John Dinn, who had his licence revoked by the Church, was given 60 days incarceration plus a year’s probation and mental health counselling, while his wife Catherine was given a conditional discharge, requiring them both to pay back the remaining $1,600 within the year.

In a personal statement, Catherine had cited a poor upbringing and addiction as bad influences on her choices, but Judge Mike Madden said the statement contained little mention of the impact their crime had made on the parish.

In sentencing, Judge Madden said the crime was not unsophisticated, easily detectable, and since paid back.

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