Halesworth: Man stole �5,300 in act of revenge

A SUFFOLK man stole more than �5,000 from his boss because he was upset at comments he had allegedly made about his mother’s death, a court has heard.

Lee Shelley took four blank cheques belonging to Crawford Stopher, of CAS Marquees, Bramfield, and cashed them for �5,300, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Shelley, 27, of Gainsborough Drive, Halesworth, admitted theft and fraud and was ordered to do 250 hours unpaid work in the community and to pay �5,300 compensation to Mr Stopher’s building society which had been left out of pocket by the offences.

Sentencing Shelley, Judge Rupert Overbury said he had acted out of revenge following alleged taunts by his boss about Shelley’s poor behaviour prior to his mother’s death.

Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said Shelley had started working for Mr Stopher’s marquee company five years ago and the pair had discussed Shelley buying into the company and taking over from Mr Stopher.

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Shelley had access to Mr Stopher’s home while he was at work and had taken the opportunity to steal cheques from him which he used to obtain �5,300 cash.

Mr Crimp said Shelley told police he had fallen out with Mr Stopher and in revenge had taken the cheques.

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He said that after cashing them he had thrown the money away.

Mr Crimp said Mr Stopher was unaware of any ill feeling towards him by the defendant.

Simon Gladwell, for Shelley, said he was ashamed of what he had done and wanted to repay the money.

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