Sean Donnelly was in charge of the programme sales and raffle (tombola), at the ‘Stars of ‘79’ event. Programme donations were put in a bucket and the tombola takings were later added. Donnelly and his wife contrived to leave the bucket in the taxi which took them home. They made no attempt either to retrieve it or to report its loss until they arrived at Port Glasgow Town Hall around noon on the following day. Given his ongoing inability to account for a substantial sum of G.M.S.T. members’ money, those circumstances remain suspicious.
On learning of his co-organiser’s irresponsibility, Jim Gallacher immediately ‘phoned the taxi company. The bucket was safe and sound. The staff had bagged up the money, and it was retrieved by Donnelly on his way home.
Donnelly claimed later that the bucket had been left in the boot, whereas the taxi driver stated that it was found between the front and back seats.
He also claimed that at the end of the night the contents of the bucket had been ‘counted by himself, Stuart Duncan, and Jim Gallacher’. At odds with that is the following excerpt from ‘Dunco’s signed statement.
Accounting procedures for the programme and tombola income were non-existent – a farcical situation which had absolutely nothing to do with Jim Gallacher. Stuart Duncan and Sean Donnelly both handled large quantities of ‘Trust’ money unwitnessed, and the FINAL contents of the bucket were not counted for fully eleven days. It lay for over a week in Donnelly’s house – presumably not in the family safe!
None of the foregoing deterred Duncan and Donnelly from approaching Greenock police in an attempt to incriminate Jim Gallacher in non- existent wrongdoing.
In their ‘meticulously prepared’ accounts, bucket income was stated at £2175 with no breakdown of the contents. IN PARTICULAR THERE WAS NO MENTION OF TICKET INCOME, OR OF A SUM OF £600 LATER CLAIMED TO HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE TOMBOLA TAKINGS!
In April 2010, Mr. Gallacher received a demand for £1825 from the Trust’s solicitors, Blair & Bryden LLP. When a further demand arrived in May 2010, along with a spreadsheet, the sum had risen to £2890.
Lying accountant Nick Robinson had been hard at work! Sean Donnelly was ‘deemed’ to have added £210 of ticket income to the bucket, Stuart Duncan had handed Jim Gallacher £600 from the tombola, and the latter’s telephone expenses of £250 accrued over six months were disallowed. There were various other ‘adjustments’!
IT’S IMPOSSIBLE EVER TO KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT THAT BUCKET, BUT WHEN SEAN DONNELLY’S MISSING TICKET INCOME IS ADDED TO THE EXCLUDED £1800 D.V.D. PROCEEDS, THE ‘STARS OF ’79’ MADE A HEALTHY PROFIT. THE EVENT WAS NEVER INTENDED TO BE PROFIT-MAKING!
Those who ‘kept an open mind about Jim Gallacher’s guilt’ will do well to acknowledge that with no proven crime, neither guilt nor innocence could ever exist!
JIm was well and truly stitched up, firstly by Dunco the Clown & Co., who thought they ‘knew better’ than the real police, and ultimately by Nick Robinson in order to further his selfish ambitions.
COMING SOON. PERJURY ON A GRAND SCALE!