Former pub manager, 35, is jailed after he stole £14,000
THE former manager of a popular Cheltenham pub wept in court when the judge sentenced him to 18 months in jail.
Steven Holmes, 35, of Cae Bracia, Bridgend, South Wales was found guilty of theft after a trial at Gloucester Crown Court last week.
Holmes, father of a six-year-old son, stole £14,225 from the Bottle of Sauce in Albion Street, Cheltenham, between July 2017 and January 2018, the court was told.
He was responsible for cashing up at the end of shifts and for banking the money.
Most of the cash went missing when Holmes was on duty and it stopped disappearing after he was dismissed.
During the trial Holmes denied he had stolen any money but he admitted that he had a gambling habit.
Sentencing Holmes, Judge Ian Lawrie QC told him: “You were employed in a responsible position and you breached a high degree of trust in the wort possible way.
“Over a period of seven months you
His gambling habit may be a far bigger provblem than he admits
stole a significant amount of money for a small company.”
Earlier, defending lawyer Lloyd Jenkins said: “His gambling habit may be a far bigger problem than he admits.
“He has a loving family and good friends and he has let them all down. His family, especially his mother, is devastated. He has a young son and he is a good father.”
Mr Jenkins urged the judge “not to crush this man” with a lengthy prison sentence.
The court also heard that the Bottle of Sauce was now doing very well.
Speaking afterwards Leo Johnson of Dodo Pub Co., which operates the pub, said: “It’s been a stressful and emotional time for the staff at The Bottle of Sauce and we’re pleased with the decision and are focused on carrying on with the future.
“Our sights are now firmly set on putting this behind us and we’re looking forward to launching our latest adventure.”