A jury has failed to reach a verdict in the case of a former KPMG director accused of fiddling £44,000 in expenses to fund his gambling habit.

Brian Chapman, 55, was on trial at the Old Bailey for double-claiming for hotels and international flights and pocketing refunds for cancelled flights between 2007 and 2011.

Chapman, who commuted from Scotland to London, had racked up £94,000 in credit card debts by 2011, the court heard.

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But his wife Margaret said she was unconcerned about his gambling habit and was unaware of the full extent of his debts.

The part-time supply teacher and mother told the court she had never considered her husband to be dishonest, adding: "We have been married for 23 years. I know him very well."

Chapman, of Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, denied a single count of fraud.

A court official said the jury was discharged yesterday when it was unable to agree a verdict. The Crown will not be seeking a retrial.