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Policeman denies theft of £53,000 from courts body

By John Cassidy

A PSNI officer has denied stealing almost £53,000 of cash in money warrants belonging to the Northern Ireland Court Service over a three-year period.

Constable Bryan Thomas Stronge (52), whose address was given as c/o Tennent Street police station, appeared at Belfast Crown Court yesterday for an arraignment hearing.

He pleaded not guilty to stealing £52,876.63 from the Court Service on dates between January 1, 2009 and April 1, 2012.

Defence QC Frank O'Donoghue said he had retained the services of a forensic accountant to examine a large amount of documents in the case. He explained to Mr Justice Weir that the accountant would examine "how the money was processed at Antrim Road PSNI station before going to the Court Service''.

Mr O'Donoghue added: "My client denies taking the money. My client is saying: 'It wasn't me'."

Mr Justice Weir said a trial date had been set for March 16 next year.

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