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Bar worker Judy Roberts cleared of stealing from Truro's Vanilla nightclub

By JohannaCarr  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

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A former assistant nightclub manager from Newquay has been cleared of stealing from her employers.

Judy Roberts, 34, of St Johns Road, walked free from Truro Crown Court on Friday after a jury found her not guilty of stealing hundreds of pounds during her time working at Vanilla in Truro city centre.

The case was brought after Graeme Scrimgeour, director of Penswood Inns Ltd, which runs Vanilla, became suspicious.

On March 22 last year, he put an extra £160 in a till and concealed a CCTV camera in the ceiling to see what Roberts would do when she realised there was too much money in the till.

The footage, played in court, showed Roberts separating the £160 from the rest of the night’s takings and putting it in her bag.

Roberts told the jury she never had any intention of keeping the money and planned to return it the next day but wanted to speak to a colleague about the excess, who was not working the following morning.

Instead her manager Matthew Roberts (no relation) was set to be on duty, whom she said used to tell her off and belittle her.

“I didn’t want him to see it because I’d have got told off about it again,” she said. “I just wanted to sort it out on my own.”

Roberts was also accused of stealing from the Duke Street club on four other occasions by putting false figures on records of the daily takings.

The first accusation – that she stole £154.17 on December 18, 2010 – was thrown out by the judge after a defence submission that there was no case to answer.

The other three counts alleged she stole a total of £526.25 on dates between May 2011 and February 2013.

Roberts told the court she had never stolen from her employer.

After the jury returned its verdict Judge Christopher Harvey Clark QC told Roberts she could leave “without a stain on her character”.

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  • kernow19  |  January 14 2014, 3:07PM

    Very pleased that justice has been done in this case. Should never have even come to court in the first place.

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