A YOUNG woman accused of handling cash allegedly stolen from a charity has had the case against her dropped.

Deena Elgbery was due to face trial at Swindon Crown Court in June on a charge of money laundering.

It was alleged the 21-year-old was involved in possessing criminal property in the form of cash from the Kembrey Park-based Disabled Parenting Network.

But prosecutors reviewing the case, which first appeared in the Crown Court in January last year, decided not to proceed.

The matter had been delayed for more than six months so the defendant could go to China for a school teaching placement.

Before she flew out in February 2013 Elgbery, of Wakefield Close, Freshbrook, entered a not guilty plea to the charge.

She had been accused of taking possession of the cash, knowing it was the proceeds of criminal activity, between July 19 and the end of September 2011.

Judge Douglas Field entered a not guilty verdict as the Crown Prosecution Service was unable to offer any evidence against her. Steven Rowland, 23, of Northampton Street, is to face trial by jury in June after pleading not guilty to three counts of theft.

It is alleged he stole money from the charity on the Kembrey Park Industrial Estate on dates in July, August and October, 2011.