Banker is fac­ing prison

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page -

a banker who swiped £250,000 from cus­tomers has been warned he faces jail.

an­drew Barr, 32, was col­lared af­ter he used his work lo­gin to trouser cash from Bar­clays.

He made 100 unau­tho­rised pay­ments – but was caught af­ter chan­nelling the miss­ing money into his wife’s ac­count.

the crook ad­mit­ted em­bez­zle­ment dur­ing a hear­ing at Pais­ley sher­iff Court.

Pros­e­cu­tor Pamela Brady re­vealed he car­ried out the scam from the com­fort of his own home.

she said:“Barr had been on sick leave. His du­ties in­cluded deal­ing with client ac­counts, mak­ing pay­ments on their be­half and man­ag­ing their ac­counts. He had ac­cess to the pay­ment sys­tems.

“He could make these with­out au­tho­ri­sa­tion or in­put from other users.”

Barr fun­nelled the cash into four Bar­clays ac­counts, be­fore mov­ing it on to two oth­ers with dif­fer­ent firms.

He was able to use his user­name and pass­word to ac­cess pay­ments from his home in ren­frew.

Barr has been or­dered to re­turn for sen­tenc­ing on oc­to­ber 11.


Ter­ri­fied chil­dren were sent to a gar­den shed to be bat­tered by a for­mer boxer.

Christo­pher Doyle, 33, beat the young­sters re­peat­edly af­ter they were sent to the hut to be “dis­ci­plined”.

The brute kicked one lad down a flight of stairs af­ter ask­ing: “Have you got your para­chute ready?”

Wife Siob­han, 39, joined in the vi­o­lence against the kids – the youngest aged just 11 months.

They were con­victed of a slew of abuse charges af­ter a trial at Pais­ley

Sher­iff Court.

Sher­iff Frances McCartney blasted the pair for their lies.

She said: “I did not con­sider you to be re­li­able or cred­i­ble. “You were quick to blame oth­ers. “You were re­luc­tant to an­swer ques­tions put to you.

“When asked straight­for­ward ques­tions, you re­ferred to the fault of oth­ers.

“You ac­cept slap­ping chil­dren and I do not think you have told the truth about the full ex­tent of the as­sault on the chil­dren.”

The cou­ple tar­geted the chil­dren dur­ing a four-year reign of ter­ror.

The court heard they were bat­tered re­peat­edly from a young age.

One boy was not even one when the vi­o­lence started; an­other lad was only four; two girls were aged just four and five.

Christo­pher struck the youngest’s head and picked him up and hurl him to the ground.

He slapped, kicked and knocked the youngest girl to the ground and threat­ened her with a piece of wood. The older boy was beaten by both adults. He was also kicked down a flight of stairs by Christo­pher.

The older girl was re­peat­edly punched, slapped an booted by the cou­ple.

She was also picked up and thrown to the ground.

All of the at­tacks took place at their home in Pais­ley’s Fer­gus­lie Park be­tween Jan­uary 2010 and Novem­ber 2014.

The court heard the kids were rou­tinely sent to a shed – de­scribed as Christo­pher’s “do­main” – to be bat­tered. Christo­pher ad­mit­ted “skelp­ing” the chil­dren. He said: “The first rule of box­ing is hit and don’t be hit.”

Pros­e­cu­tor Carol Cameron re­vealed the young­sters were sub­jected to “daily” as­saults.

She told how the builder would wear his work boots when he kicked the chil­dren.

They were left cov­ered in bruises and were ter­ri­fied of the pair.

The court ear­lier heard from teach­ers who re­vealed the older boy would turn up for classes cov­ered in in­juries.

A teacher, 63, told how she had him rushed in for med­i­cal treat­ment af­ter he ar­rived for lessons.

She said: “He ob­vi­ously had an in­jury to his nose.

As the day went on, his nose started to ap­pear as if it was bro­ken.

“He didn’t say any­thing. He was taken to Yorkhill Hos­pi­tal.

“We got word back he had 15 bruises on him and an un­treated cut to his head.

“On var­i­ous oc­ca­sions, he had marks to his face.

“Dur­ing pri­mary two, it was on­go­ing. It would be quite of­ten.”

The boy was also caught steal­ing food from his school’s staff room and swip­ing sweet­ies from class­mates.

De­fence lawyer Jonathan Man­son claimed the chil­dren’s sto­ries had been ex­ag­ger­ated and had be­come more elab­o­rate over time.

He also main­tained the older lad’s in­juries could be the re­sult of play­ground scuf­fles and branded him a “fighter”.

A GP told how she was “shocked” by the state of the boy’s in­juries when she car­ried out a med­i­cal exam on him

She said: “I’d never seen that num­ber of bruises on a child which were un­ex­plained.”

Christo­pher and Siob­han hid their faces as they fled shame-faced from the dock. Both could be locked up for the abuse. Sher­iff McCartney added: “Cus­tody is at the fore­front of my mind in re­la­tion to these mat­ters.”

The cou­ple have been or­dered to re­turn to court for sen­tenc­ing on Oc­to­ber 5.

Vi­cious Siob­han Doyle Hid­ing their shame The Doyles leave Pais­ley Sher­iff Court af­ter the trial

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