A PRIEST who absconded from court last week, just as a jury was finding him guilty of stealing fees, has handed himself in.
The Rector of Farnham, the Revd Simon Reynolds, a former succentor of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, had been on trial at Sheffield Crown Court over allegations that he retained an estimated £24,000 from the Wakefield Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) and the PCC of All Saints’ in Darton, near Barnsley, where he had been Priest-in-Charge between 2007 and 2013.
The 50-year-old clergyman left the court at lunchtime on Thursday, but did not return. The jury delivered their four guilty verdicts in the afternoon. A warrant was issued for his arrest and Interpol was alerted. Senior clergy, including the Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Rev Tony Robinson, expressed concerns for his welfare.