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Policeman faces trial over £52k court theft

By Alan Erwin

A policeman is to stand trial accused of stealing more than £50,000 in money warrants, it has emerged.

Belfast man Bryan Thomas Stronge is alleged to have taken cash belonging to the Northern Ireland Courts Service over a three-year period.

The 51-year-old officer, whose address was given as c/o Tennent Street PSNI Station, appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday.

He faces one count of theft, involving cash to the value of £52,878.63, on a date between January 2009 and April 2012.

Money warrants, which may be issued for non-payment of fines, can be processed by police before funds are transferred to the courts.

A preliminary enquiry was held to establish whether Stronge has a case to answer.

The Courts Service confirmed yesterday that he was returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

Stronge was released on continuing bail of £500 until that hearing gets under way.

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