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DE­NIAL: But Allen ( had sex with boss CLAIMS: Hing says

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his firm A FI­NANCE man­ager ac­cused of steal­ing £100,000 said her boss al­lowed her to take the money be­cause they were hav­ing an af­fair, a jury heard.

Mar­ried Theresa Allen claimed she had an 18-month re­la­tion­ship with Ni­cholas Hing and that he knew she was pay­ing her­self a sec­ond salary and claim­ing fic­ti­tious over­time and ex­penses.

Mr Hing, the manag­ing di­rec­tor of Swift Metal Fab­ri­ca­tions, told Lu­ton Crown Court he had “got off” with 43-year-old Mrs Allen and had sex with her four or five times, but never agreed to pay her more than £412 a week wages.

The 51-year-old, who formed the com­pany in Houghton Regis, Beds, 25 years ago, said that Mrs Allen joined in Novem­ber 2008.

“She slowly grew into the job and had to­tal con­trol of the fi­nances – pay­ing wages, sort­ing out tax re­turns, get­ting money from clients and pay­ing the tax and VAT,” he said.

In De­cem­ber 2012 his ac­coun­tant Ni­cola Brooks alerted him to fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and on Jan­uary 2, 2013 he ar­ranged to meet Mrs Allen in a pub in Houghton Regis to ask her where the money had gone. She is al­leged to have told him she could pro­duce doc­u­ments to show where the money had been al­lo­cated, but once back in the of­fice she re­signed.

Di­vorced Mr Hing told the court he and Mrs Allen had gone out with work col­leagues on oc­ca­sions and got drunk, and said: “We ended up sleep­ing to­gether af­ter a drink­fu­elled night.”

Asked how many times they had sex he said: “I can’t re­call – four or five times maybe.”

He de­nied they had sex at least 30 times over 18 months.

Theresa Allen, of Lu­ton, de­nies steal­ing £100,600.82p “to pay for her gam­bling habit”, as the pros­e­cu­tion al­leges.

The case continues.

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