A primitive personal assistant of JK Rowling who is accused of fraudulently the utilization of the creator’s credit rating card for spending sprees modified into a “expedient liar”, Rowling’s husband has told a court.
Neil Murray said Amanda Donaldson modified into employed to organise his wife’s industry and expert matters. He said she modified into suspended and later brushed apart in 2017 over alleged unauthorised spending that included £Three,629 in the cosmetics store Molton Brown, £2,139 in the stationery store Paper Tiger and further than £1,800 in Starbucks and Costa.
The civil case at Airdrie sheriff court heard that Murray modified into a co-supervisor of his wife’s industry affairs, and an accountant raised issues with him over Donaldson’s spending.
He said the largest difficulty modified into over money withdrawals of £four hundred and £250 in December 2016 that Donaldson claimed had been for a Christmas lunch deposit.
Steven Simou, a chartered accountant, earlier told the court he had contacted the restaurant and stumbled on no deposit had been requested or taken off the final bill. Donaldson denies the claims against her.
Murray told the court he challenged Donaldson in “an most indispensable stumble upon”. He said: “Amanda had continually adopted a bright, a tiny bubbly, a piece scatty system. I believed she might well well per chance moreover be emotional or chase about the place of job attempting to search out bits of paper but what I stumbled on modified into a fully different persona.
“She shut down, modified into easy and fundamentally lied. On the tip of the stumble upon I modified into in point of fact taken at how expedient a liar she modified into.”
He said there modified into a tiny body of workers of four plump-time and two part-time body of workers who shared an place of job with Donaldson in Edinburgh.
Requested by JK Rowling’s solicitor Kathleen MacDonald if there modified into any goal in the wait on of the £Three,629 employ at Molton Brown, Murray said: “Effectively no longer for the place of job, it doesn’t close sense. I maintain the overwhelming majority modified into purchased by Amanda for Amanda.”
Murray said there modified into no quiz about what the credit rating card modified into meant to be used for. “This modified into a industry card to facilitate my wife’s industry life,” he told the court.
He added: “I heard from place of job body of workers there modified into an occasion Amanda modified into out socially with body of workers and moreover they purchased pizza. Amanda equipped to pay for the neighborhood and took out the industry credit rating card. I modified into told she said: ‘Don’t distress, Neil doesn’t check this card.’”
Simou told the court it modified into stumbled on that a receive to which Donaldson had salvage real of entry to modified into lacking extra than £7,Seven-hundred after she modified into suspended.
The accountant analysed the credit rating card account after difficulty modified into raised by one other member of body of workers. He said he believed there modified into false job.
He said: “I modified into just appropriate rather shy to undercover agent so many funds there, clearly no longer of a industry nature. Certain funds stood out extra than others – Costa, Starbucks, bakeries, Boots and other excessive-avenue shops you wouldn’t customarily associate with a industry employ.”
Nasty-examined by Donaldson’s authorized expert, Simou said he did no longer know what instructions Donaldson had been given for the utilization of the card.
The civil case ahead of Sheriff Derek O’Carroll continues.