Man stole from safe to pay off loan shark
A man who stole cash while working at Queen's University in Belfast to repay a loan shark has been given a six month suspended jail term.
Neil Millar claimed he had been plunged into debt because jury service resulted in him not being paid.
The 29-year-old, of Ardgart Place, Newtownabbey, took a total of £320 during three theft incidents last July.
He was carrying out security duties at the university when the money belonging to another employee was taken from a safe.
Millar later pleaded guilty to a charge of theft by an employee. Belfast Magistrates Court heard yesterday that he made a full confession when arrested.
A prosecution lawyer said: "He stated he took the money to repay a loan shark from whom he borrowed money because he was on jury service and hadn't been paid.
"However, he was late in paying the money back and said he was intimidated by the lender who demanded more in interest."
Millar, who did not identify the loan shark, claimed he panicked and didn't know what to do.