A legal battle lasting more than two years has seen a decorated Pilbara youth worker have three charges of corruption dropped by the Director of Public Prosecutions. Sandra Spadanuda was charged with corruption in December 2019 after she was alleged to have referred her clients to a non-approved project in which she had a financial interest. Police alleged she received $25,000 in funds from the WA Police community crime prevention fund. Ms Spadanuda pleaded not guilty in December 2020. A discontinuance was filed on April 14 with the seven-day trial scheduled to begin on May 2 at the Karratha District Court vacated. Ms Spadanuda moved to Karratha about 10 years ago and has been involved with Blue Beanie Projects, an organisation she helped found in 2015 to tackle youth suicide in the Pilbara. Blue Beanie Projects aims to provide support to young people and youth service providers and runs various projects, including the Pilbara Shine modelling academy where participants aged between 7-25 participate in runway shows, photo-shoots and also learn about nutrition and fitness. Blue Beanie Projects chief executive David Heathwood said the allegations caused a breakdown in relationships for Blue Beanie Projects with fellow agencies including local WA Police distancing themselves from BBP. “The charges being dropped is extremely great news that has been long awaited and definitely welcomed,” he said. “It does not, however, undo the damage that has been caused by the complaint leading to the charges in the District Court nor does it alleviate the emotional and financial hardship on our family, the organisation and community that have suffered over the last 2½ years. “Unfortunately, during this period of escalating crime our hands were tied and the necessary programs and services that young people in the community should have had access to were cancelled as a direct result of this case.” A statement released by Blue Beanie Projects said the allegations resulted in the WA Police commencing an investigation and to charges being laid. “Ultimately, this meant Youth Justice clients and the community who would have greatly benefited from the program were prevented from accessing the services they so needed,” the statement said. Ms Spadanuda is a decorated member of the Karratha community and received a WA youth worker award in 2017. She was recognised by the Karratha District Chamber of Commerce at the Business Excellence Awards in 2019 for her work with Blue Beanie Projects, taking out the 2019 Business Woman of the Year. Ms Spadanuda and Mr Heathwood were contacted for further comment.