Former manager convicted of stealing £8k from Lincoln restaurant

A former Lincoln restaurant manager has been convicted of stealing over £8000 from a restaurant he managed.

Stuart Radley, 32, of Bakewell Mews, Lincoln, pleaded guilty to stealing £8030 from the ASK Italian restaurant on Brayford Wharf whilst he was general manager.

Crown prosecutor, Chris Geeson, said the company became suspicious when they noticed that more vouchers were being processed through the Lincoln restaurant than any of its other similar premises.

The ASK Italian restaurant on Lincoln Brayford Wharf. Photo: Aaron Renfree

The Lincoln restaurant processed £1285 worth of vouchers, much more than the £55 to £115 worth of vouchers which came through similar sized restaurants between July 2014 and October 2015 Mr Geeson said.

It was later revealed that there was a £8030 difference between the amount claimed on the tills and the amount claimed on the company system.

Radley denied theft from his place of work in two police interviews before standing before magistrates.

On October 3 Radley was found guilty of theft at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court and sent to Lincoln Crown Court for sentencing.

Sunil Khanna, representing Radley, said: “He was incompetent more than dishonest, over promoted and under trained.”

Mr Khanna told Lincoln Crown Court that the proceedings have had an “immense impact” on Radley’s life.

“He is now toxic to future employers,” Mr Khanna said.

“He has lost his employment. His wife was horrified by the fact that he was charged and then convicted.

“It would appear that she does not wish the relationship to continue,” he said.

Radley was given an eight-month jail sentence suspended for two years, he must complete 180 hours of unpaid work and he was ordered to pay the prosecution costs of £350.

Recorder Adrian Reynolds said: “Over a year you were drip feeding employer money to your wallet. That’s very serious.”

“You have been punished by society,” he said.

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