Duo jailed for £48,000 firm theft
Two men who fleeced a computer software firm of nearly £48,000 in what a judge described as a "stupid and reckless" offence have each been jailed for 18 months.
Londonderry Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, heard that 25-year-old Stephen Daniel Lafford, who worked for Stream Global Services, and 28-year-old Connor Joseph Deehan, a former employee, expected to be caught.
Prosecuting lawyer Roseanne McCormick said that between December 2008 and the following July, Lafford, of Kimberley Hill, Derry, paid funds into the bank account of Deehan, from Distillery Close in the city.
Jailing the pair for 18 months each, Judge Piers Grant said while he would give them credit for their guilty pleas, their offences called for custodial sentences.