A Maghera man has been fined £600, given community service and must complete 12 months probabtion after goods stolen from his workplace appeared on Ebay.
The court heard how Eoin Hughes’ crime was discovered when a manager at Castledawson based Precision Engineering saw “unique and specific items” belonging to the firm on the online retail site.
He clearly did this to get the money - Defence lawyer
The prosecution went on to outline how police “found the seller to be at an address in Manchester” but when they informed him that the items he had for sale were stolen, he handed over an email address for the seller - which he believed belonged to Hughes.
Under police questioning, the prosecution went on to say that the Largantogher Park resident told them he had bought the items from a stall at Knutts Corner Market, but upon further questioning could not describe who he got them from or any details about the stall.
He then went on to deny taking the items from Precision Engineering, but admitted to selling them on Ebay to the person in Manchester.
He was charged with handling stolen goods.
In Hughes’ defence a solictor spoke of a 30 year-old man who provides a substantial amount of his income on the upkeep of his young children - “who clearly did this to get money”.
Counsel went on to say that his client had made £600 from the items involved “which is not the value of the goods”, and although he had a previous record, he went on to say that he had “nothing (on the record) for dishonesty”.
Outlining that he had indictated he would pay back the amount that he made selling the items online, Hughes’ defence rested.
Judge White, presiding over the case, asked the defence how much Hughes could pay to the company involved each month.
After approaching Hughes in the dock, his lawyer told the court he “could commit to £100 a month”.
Indicating that he would give Hughes 26 weeks to pay £600 to Precision Engineering, Judge White then asked the defendant if he would agree to community service.
Upon the defendant’s answer he ordered him to complete 1,200 hours of community service, which he said he could fit around his employment.
He also told him that he would be under probation for a period of one year, and must pay back the £600.
Legal Aid was approved in relation to the case and Judge White agreed to this being backdated.