A former personal assistant to JK Rowling who is accused of fraudulently using the author's credit card for spending money was a "good liar," Rowling's husband told a court.
Neil Murray said that Amanda Donaldson was employed to organize his wife's business and professional matters. She said she was suspended and later fired in 2017 for alleged unauthorized expenses that included £ 3,629 in the Molton Brown cosmetics store, £ 2,1
The civil case in Airdrie sheriff's court heard that Murray was a co-manager of his wife's business, and an accountant raised concerns with him about Donaldson's expenses.
He said that the biggest concern was on cash withdrawals of £ 400 and £ 250 in December 2016 that Donaldson claimed to have a Christmas lunch deposit.
Steven Simou, a licensed accountant, previously told the court he had contacted the restaurant and found no deposit required or removed from the final bill. Donaldson denies the charges against her.
Murray told the court that he challenged Donaldson in "a surprising encounter". He said: "Amanda had always adopted a lively attitude, a little bubbly, a little bit … I thought she could be emotional or run to the office looking for pieces of paper, but what I found was a completely different personality.
"She was closed, she was calm and basically lying. At the end of the meeting I was really taken by the goodness of being a liar. "
He said that there was a small staff of four full-time workers and two part-time staff who shared an office with Donaldson in Edinburgh.  Questioned by JK Rowling's lawyer Kathleen MacDonald if there was any reason to spend £ 3,629 at Molton Brown, Murray said, "Well, not for the office, it makes no sense. I think the vast majority was bought by Amanda for Amanda. "
Murray said that there was no question as to why the credit card was intended." This was a calling card to facilitate my wife's working life, "he told the court.
He added: "I heard from the staff of the office that there was an occasion that Amanda was out socially with the staff and they bought pizza. Amanda offered to pay the group and took the company credit card. I was told that he said: "Do not worry, Neil does not check this card".
Simou told the court that it was discovered that a safe to which Donaldson had access was missing more than £ 7,700 after being suspended.
The accountant has analyzed the credit card account after the concern has been raised by another member of staff. He said he believed there was a fraudulent activity.
He said: "I was quite shocked to see so many expenses there, clearly not commercial in nature. Some expenses stood out more than others: Costa, Starbucks, bakeries, Boots and other high-end stores that you would not normally associate with one. commercial spending. "
Asked by Donaldson's lawyer, Simou said he did not know what instructions Donaldson had received for the use of paper.
The civil case before sheriff Derek O & # 39; Carroll continued.