Everything seemed to be going according to plan, but D.I. Dearie and the C.I.D. team were unimpressed by Mr. Duncan’s ‘meticulously’ examined figures, and following the investigation and an interview, Jim Gallacher was cleared of wrongdoing on 25th January.
Uncannily, as Mr. Gallacher left the Police station and crossed Rue End St., Jim MacVicar approached in his car to ‘offer him a lift’. MacVicar may well have been prompted by Donnelly’s wife who ‘worked at the front desk’!
Russell Steele the ‘Tilly’ reporter (and a friend of MacVicar) duly updated his readers:
Published: Saturday, 30th January, 2010 2:00pm
No charges in fan cash probe
CASH PROBE: Money went missing at Port Town Hall event.
A POLICE probe into the alleged disappearance of thousands of pounds from a Morton fans’ fundraiser has ended in no charges being brought.
The Tele recently revealed detectives had been called in by Greenock Morton Supporters’ Trust after they suspected a substantial four-figure sum had vanished from their recent Stars of 1979 night.
But officers have now completed their investigation – and say no one will be prosecuted.
Detective Inspector John Dearie, of Greenock CID, said: “We interviewed the individual at the centre of it and the end result is there will be no charges.
“There is no criminality we can see at this stage to prove any charges. There has to be a proper paper trail and accounts and in this case that was missing. It is a civil matter between the organisation and individual.”
DI Dearie also confirmed his team had established a small shortfall in funds from the event, which was held in November to honour the famous Ton team from 30 years ago.
He said: “There is a shortfall of a small amount of cash but this is probably due to the haphazard way it was organised.
“The shortfall is not a significant sum and nowhere near the sums talked about initially – it could be accounted for by bad business practice.”
Proceeds from the Stars of 79 night were earmarked for a new football academy which will nurture young players.
Today, Greenock Morton Supporters’ Trust said they were ‘extremely disappointed’ by events surrounding the charity night.
Chairman Stuart Duncan said: “The supporters’ trust has organised many successful fundraising events over the years where we have raised a great deal of money that has gone to Morton youth – such as the Champions’ Party in Greenock Sports Centre and last year’s fans’ game at Cappielow, which raised £5,000.
“We are extremely disappointed the Stars of 1979 evening – attended by 280 people – produced a deficit to the Supporters’ Trust of £1,600.
“The Supporters’ Trust may pursue a civil action to recover money and items which are still due to them.”
Stuart Duncan and his committee attempted to extort £4,759 from Jim Gallacher. They threatened him with Police involvement on the strength of ‘meticulously’ examined figures, when in fact they did not have a shred of reliable documentary evidence. They deliberately REFUSED to have the figures properly examined by the Trust Treasurer.
Suddenly, when faced with the C.I.D. findings the alleged deficit dropped by an incredible £3,159! The new figure of £1,600 was much closer to the true shortfall, but that shortfall had nothing to do with Jim Gallacher!
The truth was that Sean Donnelly’s ticket income was apparently short by £1,510. They did not know that. They had not bothered to check, and Donnelly had gone out of his way to keep the focus on Jim Gallacher.
No sooner had the latter been cleared than Duncan and Goodwin put their heads together in an ill fated attempt to keep face and protect the Trust’s image. STILL determined to nail Jim Gallacher, Goodwin formally accused him of theft on greenockmorton.org, asserting that he would investigate the matter more thoroughly than the C.I.D!
The following email speaks for itself:
They had already attempted to extort money on the basis of THEIR ‘Mickey Mouse’ accounts. They had already attempted to have Jim Gallacher branded for life as a common criminal on the strength of ‘meticulously’ examined figures which bore no resemblance to reality. They hadn’t managed to stitch him up the first time, but ex-policeman Goodwin was determined not to fail at the second attempt. To that end they would FOR THE FIRST TIME request from Mr. Donnelly information which they had previously chosen to ignore completely!
F.A.O. ALL TRUST MEMBERS.
THE ‘NEW’ TRUST COMMITTEE WAS FORMALLY ASKED TO EXAMINE (AT THE JUNE 24TH 2010 MEETING), ALL EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE AMONG TRUST COMMITTEE MEMBERS (INCLUDING MR. GALLACHER) PRIOR TO THE POLICE INVOLVEMENT. THEY WERE ASKED TO DO SO BEFORE DECIDING ON THE WAY AHEAD.
THEY HAVE STEADFASTLY CLAIMED TO A MAN THAT ALL OF THE EVIDENCE WAS EXAMINED BEFORE THEY ENDORSED THE ACTIONS OF THE ‘OLD BRIGADE’.
IN AGREEING UNANIMOUSLY TO CONTINUE THE PURSUIT OF JIM GALLACHER THEY WHOLEHEARTEDLY ENDORSED THE ACTIONS OF THEIR PREDECESSORS.
That unanimous decision (to instigate litigation) was taken (according to current Trust Chairman Nick Robinson) ‘on the strength of Stuart Duncan’s ‘evidence’, when in reality no such evidence has ever existed.
Mr. Robinson and his fellows simply accepted as gospel the version of events which suited the agenda.
MEANWHILE THEY CONTINUE TO DO
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT MR. DONNELLY’S
JIM GALLACHER AND HIS LAWYER DISCOVER THAT A MEETING WAS ARRANGED UNDER FALSE PRETENCES!