Rezori | A fraud, a priest and a wife’s tale of woe

CBC News

By Azzo Rezori, CBC News Posted: Aug 31, 2014

Where does misery begin. Where does it end?

In the lives of some people it follows them around like a shadow, always and everywhere, even in the dark where they think they’re safe.

“Where does one start?” asked Catherine Dinn in her statement to the court charged with sentencing her for her part in defrauding the Anglican parish of St. John the Evangelist in Topsail of money collected for missionary work, including support for orphans in Uganda.

More than $9,000 went missing between July and November of 2012. Catherine and her husband John Dinn, the parish’s former priest, pleaded guilty to stealing it.

The Dinns were sentenced on Friday. He got two months house arrest, she a conditional discharge recognizing that he is out of a job and she is now the only breadwinner in their family of four.

‘Many paths to this sad ending’

Not once in her statement did Catherine Dinn take responsibility for what she did. Instead, she presented herself as a victim of life-long misery.

“Looking back at my life from this end, there are many paths that have led me to this sad ending,” she wrote.

That ending involved not just the Dinns. It cast a lasting chill over the entire parish.

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