UDM leaders trial: Invoice for Neil Greatrex’s kitchen made out to charity, court is told

WITNESSES continue to give evidence in the trial of two former Mansfield union bosses accused of stealing almost £150,000 from a charity that ran a care home for sick and elderly miners.

Former Union of Democratic Mineworkers (UDM) president Neil Greatrex and general secretary Mick Stevens, both 60, are accused of 14 counts of theft between June 2000 and May 2006.

It is alleged they used the money to make improvements to their own homes.

Greatrex, of Shepherds Lane, Sutton, and Stevens, of Maylodge Drive, Rufford Park, Newark, were trustees of the Nottinghamshire Miners’ Home Charity, which ran a care home in Chapel St Leonards.

The pair were also directors of Phoenix Nursing and Residential Home Ltd, a company set up as a trading subsidiary of the charity.

This morning (Wednesday) Nottingham Crown Court heard from Paul Moore, who works as a self-employed kitchen, bathroom and bedroom fitter, and had done work for Royal Cuisines – the company which in 2004 fitted a new kitchen in Greatrex’s home.

It was Mr Moore who designed and measured up for that new kitchen.

“After the kitchen was installed he asked for the invoice to be made out to Phoenix care home,” he said.

“Mr Greatrex asked me to do it in the shop. He said it was so he has all his finances and paperwork in one place.”

He told the court Greatrex gave him the address of the care home and asked for it to state that the invoice was an industrial kitchen.

When asked why he had written that by prosecutor Martin Hurst, he said: “That’s how Mr Greatrex asked me to describe it on the invoice. I was asked to make the invoice out to the care home as if the kitchen had been fitted there.”

The trial continues.