Charges dropped against two of four charged at Cardiff Crown Court with conspiracy to defraud charity

Nikki O'Connell and Gareth Williams were charged with attempting to defraud south Wales charity the Life Music Foundation; the chief executive and the sole trustee will be tried in December

Cardiff Crown Court
Cardiff Crown Court

Two people charged with conspiracy to defraud a south Wales music charity have had the charges dropped, although the charity’s chief executive and its sole trustee are still due to stand trial.

Clayton Richards, chief executive of the Life Music Foundation, and Daniel O’Connell, who is listed as its sole trustee on the Charity Commission’s register of charities, will stand trial on 1 December at Cardiff Crown Court accused of conspiracy to defraud.

But the cases against Nikki O’Connell and Gareth Williams, who were charged alongside Richards and Daniel O’Connell for the same crimes in November last year, have been "discontinued", a spokeswoman for the court said yesterday.

Life Music Foundation, which registered with the commission in 2009, has objects of providing musical education and other support to disadvantaged young people. In the year ending 30 April 2012, it had an income of £19,410, three-quarters of which came from a shop it operated.

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