Shipyard scrap metal thief placed in custody
A former shipyard worker who stole £30,000 worth of scrap metal from his Harland & Wolff employers has been remanded in custody.
After admitting to 48 separate counts of theft at Belfast Crown Court, Colin Henry Calder (56) was told he will be sentenced next week.
Crown prosecutor Philip Henry told the court that over a period spanning from March 2011 to September 2012, Calder removed scrap metal from his place of work and sold it to a scrap yard situated beside the east Belfast shipyard.
Some 158 metric tonnes of scrap metal was removed from the shipyard by Calder, who received cheques amounting to just over £30,000.
When Calder, from Alexandra Park Avenue in Belfast, was arrested, he told police he had got himself into debt with the wrong people.