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Greedy Ayrshire pub worker jailed after stealing over £ 35,000 from bar he worked

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An Ayrshire pub worker who embezzled more than £ 35,000 from the bar where he worked was called a ‘foodie’ yesterday while in jail.

Graham Barr stole the money by cashing the cash at the Canny Man bar.

Barr, 34, denied any wrongdoing but was found guilty by a jury of illegally taking £ 35,875.16 following a trial at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court.

Defense lawyer Manus Tolland said Barr knew he would be jailed for stealing money from the Lugton, Ayrshire pub between January 2016 and February 2018.

The lawyer added: “It was the only stain on his adult life.”

The court heard that Barr was from a wealthy family and had an estate of £ 112,000.

Sheriff Alistair Watson said the accused was motivated by selfishness after receiving a “privileged and comfortable” education.

The sheriff added, “You have been sentenced unanimously for a serious offense.

“For two years you have deliberately embezzled your employers’ daily income. Income has fallen by £ 36,000.

“The owners of the premises believed that its performance was significantly poorer than it actually was.

“The abuse of the trust placed in you by your employer was not motivated by any need, but simply by sheer greed and nothing else.

“There is no alternative but to impose a significant custodial sentence.”

He jailed Barr, of Stewarton, Ayrshire, for 30 months and said: “It could easily have been longer, but I am willing to allow anything for your good character until you surrender to this conduct. ”

The sentence was backdated to September, when Barr was first remanded in custody.

The sheriff said: “You have been unanimously convicted of a serious offense.

“For two years you have deliberately misappropriated the daily earnings of your employers. Revenues were down by £ 36,000.



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“The owners of the premises thought the performance was significantly poorer than it actually was.

“The abuse of the trust placed in you by your employer was not motivated by any need, but simply by sheer greed and nothing else.

“There is no alternative but to impose a significant custodial sentence.”

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