The Charity Commission has won its first contempt of court case against two former trustees of a disability charity who failed to submit evidence to the regulator.
According to the commission, the High Court found that Susan and Raymond Wright of the Bristol-based Darren Wright Foundation, which raised funds to support the families of people with disabilities and life-limiting illnesses, failed to comply with an order to supply evidence and documentation for a statutory inquiry.
A inquiry was opened in November 2017, after the commission received complaints from members of the public and beneficiaries about difficulties in communicating with the Darren Wright Foundation and accessing funds raised on its behalf.
The commission has powers to require individuals to provide information, and failure to do so may amount to contempt of court.
This is the first time the regulator has pursued a disability charity case like this through the court, and confirmed it would continue to investigate the organisation over serious concerns about its management and governance.
The Commission stressed that its statutory inquiry into the Darren Wright Foundation is ongoing, and that it has made no findings yet.
Another hearing is expected to determine the penalty against the two defendants.