Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland bookkeeper stole £155k from her own father-in-law

By George Jackson

A court heard yesterday that the proprietor of a local engineering company is the father-in-law of a former bookkeeper who stole £155,000 from its accounts.

Defence barrister Eilis McDermott QC also told Judge Philip Babington that the proprietor "is sympathetic" towards the accused and "he expresses his view as to the disposal of the case".

Mother-of-five Siobhan Downey (41), from Glenabbey Drive in Londonderry, pleaded guilty to two charges of fraud at Derry Crown Court.

She admitted that between December 15, 2013 and March 31, 2014, when occupying a position of trust with Kevmar Precision Engineering Limited, she wrote unauthorised cheques to herself and others, and between March 31, 2015 and October 31, 2015, made unauthorised financial transfers to herself and to others.

Ms McDermott told Judge Babington that enquiries of a financial nature were still continuing and Downey was released on continuing on bail until September.

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