Bookkeeper £500,000 theft charges dropped

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Charges have been dropped against a former bookkeeper who had been accused of stealing more than £500,000 from an architectural firm she worked for.

Co Antrim woman Roisin Megarry, 37, was alleged to have raided company bank accounts over a seven-year period.

Prosecutors at Belfast Magistrates’ Court also withdrew charges against her husband Steven Megarry of lodging some of the money in his own bank accounts.

The announcement brings to an end criminal proceedings against the couple, from Belvoir Crescent in Lisburn.

Mrs Megarry had faced two counts of theft by an employee.

She was alleged to have stolen £528,075.75 in bank credit from an account in the name of Hynds Architectural Systems Ltd.

The firm, which dealt with the supply and installation of specialist building products and glazing, was based at Glenmachan Street in Belfast.

A second charge related to the similar theft of £68,427.52 from an account in the name of Skydome Systems Limited.

Both alleged offences had related to a period between July 2003 and August 2010.

Mr Megarry, also aged 37, faced three counts of possessing criminal property before the case against the couple was dropped.

Those charges related to sums of £74,450, £39,401, and £4,100 held in bank accounts either in his name alone or jointly with his wife.

He was alleged to have had the money between May 2007 and August 2010.

A preliminary inquiry hearing had been listed for Friday to establish if the Megarrys should be returned for trial.

With the couple contesting that they had a case to answer, cross-examination of a former company director and key prosecution witness was expected to take place.

But instead, a Public Prosecution Service representative told District Judge Ken Nixon that all charges against both Mr and Mrs Megarry were being withdrawn.