Northern Ireland

Book keeper charged with £40,000 theft granted bail

Laganside Court

A 45-year-old book keeper has appeared in court charged with stealing almost £40,000 from her employer.

Anne Heather Welsh, from the Diamond Road, Crumlin, is charged with stealing £39,032 from Noel Savage Construction Ltd on dates between October 2006 and December 2007.

Belfast Magistrates Court was told during a bail application that Mrs Welsh had been working as a book-keeper for the construction firm when she allegedly stole the cash.

She was released on bail despite police objections.

A solicitor for Mrs Welsh argued there was no risk of "flight or of her re-offending", given the nature of the alleged offences.

He said "the likelihood of securing employment is nil" and revealed she has a "significant medical condition" which will be investigated on Monday.

District Judge Ken Nixon ordered the accused to surrender her passport and to sign three times a week at Antrim PSNI station.