Dunnes Stores thief has six months to repay £15,000

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A 49-year-old security manager who escaped being jailed for stealing almost £15,000 from Dunnes Stores has been given six months to pay them back or face a year in jail.

Judge Donna McColgan QC, sitting in Antrim, said while those who steal from employers could expect an inevitable jail term, at times justice had to be seen to be merciful, and in the unique and peculiar circumstances of John Bibby’s case she was prepared to suspend his nine-month sentence for two years.

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The Crown Court judge said that pre-sentence reports on 49-year-old Bibby indicated that he plays a key role in the care of his teenage son and that if jailed it may compromise his programme of treatment.

 

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