Vintage car club treasurer Ivan Adair who stole £6,600 avoids jail
A man who stole more than £6,000 from a vintage car club while he was its treasurer has been handed a suspended jail sentence.
Imposing a six-month jail sentence on Ivan Adair, but suspending it for three years, at Lisburn Magistrates Court, Deputy District Judge Chris Holmes told the 52-year-old "the fact that you managed to completely destroy your own reputation is punishment enough".
Adair, from Glenview Park in Lurgan, had earlier pleaded guilty to a single count of fraud by abusing the position he held with Lisburn City Old Vehicle Club in that he transferred funds from it for his own personal use on dates between January 17 and July 18 last year.
A prosecuting lawyer told the court that, in total, Adair had withdrawn £6,636 from the club's account, adding that when the offences came to light last September he had already paid back £2,283.
Arrested and interviewed, Adair admitted taking the money for his own use and the court heard he has since paid back all the cash he had stolen.
Defence solicitor Richard Monteith told the court it was a case of "robbing Peter to pay Paul".
Judge Holmes said the authorities were clear that for amounts under £30,000 where there was full restitution made and no other aggravating factors, there was no call for immediate custody.
"That doesn't in any way detract from the horrendous behaviour of yours in this case," said the judge, who told Adair that he had taken his previous good character and "trashed it completely".