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Former employee sentenced on Friday

Thursday, 15 December 2016

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A FORMER employee of Sunstart Bakery, who stole almost 80,000 from the company, has been remanded into custody to be sentenced on Friday (December 16).
Julie O'Connell (38), from Corkey Road, Loughiel appeared at Antrim Crown Court last week expecting to be sentenced on 12 counts of fraud by abuse of position.
She arrived with a suitcase in preparation to be sent to prison.
The court heard the mother-of-one worked as a general administrative assistant in the accounts department of the bakery, which was based at Woodside Road Industrial Estate. Prosecuting barrister, Michael Chambers, told Judge Kerr the bakery has since closed due to bankruptcy but he could not say for sure whether this theft by O'Connell contributed to the closure.
The owner of the bakery, Hubert Kerr, was present in the public gallery when the hearing commenced.
Mr Chambers added: "On March 12, 2014 Mr Kerr noticed financial discrepancies in his business account. A number of transfers had been made to an account which he wasn't familiar with.
"This was a total of 15,500 and Mr Kerr asked the defendant did she have any knowledge of it."
The court heard O'Connell admitted to taking the money and immediately paid him back 7000 and on a later date she paid him the rest of the balance.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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