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Former bookkeeper charged with stealing more than £500,000 from Belfast architectural firm

By Alan Erwin

A former bookkeeper has been charged with stealing more than £500,000 from an architectural firm she worked for, it emerged today.

Co. Antrim woman Roisin Megarry is alleged to have raided company bank accounts over a seven year period.

The 37-year-old appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court today along with her husband Steven Megarry, who is accused of lodging some of the money in his own accounts.

The couple, from Belvoir Crescent in Lisburn, are set to challenge a prosecution witness in a bid to have the case against them halted.

Roisin Megarry faces two counts of theft by an employee.

She is 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 relates to the similar theft of £68,427.52 from an account in the name of Skydome Systems Limited.

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

Steven Megarry, also aged 37, faces three counts of possessing criminal property.

The charges relate 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 is alleged to have had the money between May 2007 and August 2010.

A further charge of possessing cannabis resin has been brought against him.

Although the couple's case was listed for a preliminary enquiry hearing their lawyer confirmed they will be contesting that there is a case to answer at trial.

It is understood that the reliability of a former company director and key prosecution witness is set to feature in their bid to stop the criminal proceedings.

Defence solicitor Tony Caher secured a date in March for the hearing of the challenge to the case against his clients.

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