Kelly pleads guilty
Wednesday, 31st October, 2018
By Michael Murphy
A former funeral director pleaded guilty to more than 30 fraud charges in the Broken Hill District Court yesterday, relating to funeral plans made by customers over eight years.
Mark Kelly (63) was the director of “Kelly’s Funerals” in Blende Street.
Kelly walked into the court yesterday in a white shirt and tie and was represented by a lawyer from Newcastle.
It took the judge’s associate about 15 minutes to read out the charges - which related to more than $130,000 between 2007 and 2015.
The individual amounts of each charge ranged from $500 to $10,200.
The public gallery was almost empty during yesterday’s session, which took about half an hour.
In January 2015, police executed a search warrant on Kelly’s Funerals after receiving many complaints, but he was not charged until September 2016.
The business has folded and the premises were sold at auction in 2016.
Judge English adjourned the matter until this morning, giving the prosecution and defence time to agree on a set of facts.
Kelly’s lawyer told the court he would apply for a sentence assessment report.
The judge indicated that Kelly may not be sentenced until next year.