Manager stole pub takings - then tried to blame her boss and colleagues

Newcastle Crown Court. Picture c/o Google Images.
Newcastle Crown Court. Picture c/o Google Images.

A manager stole cash from a pub's till then tried to put the blame on colleagues - and even her boss.

Lucy Austin, who was being paid £600 per week to manage the Cricketers in Bill Quay, Gateshead, helped herself to over £800 belonging to the bar.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 30-year-old doctored till receipts to try and cover her tracks.

Austin, of Sexhow Lane, Hutton Rudby, Yarm, Teesside, denied theft and fraud charges, between May and June 2014, but was found guilty by a jury.

The court heard she continued to protest her innocence and, during two trials, tried to blame her boss, her boss's partner, a colleague and even her boss's child for the money going missing.

Mr Recorder Reid told her: "Your offending is aggravated by blaming others for what you did.

"Your behaviour was wicked to start wtih and your blaming other people compounded that wickedness."

Austin was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with supervision for 12 months.

The court heard jurors at Austin's first trial could not agree on a verdict.

After a second trial she was "swiftly" found guilty.

The judge told her: "The jury rejected your defence, your defence was to blame other people."

Paul Cross, defending, said Austin has health problems and looks after her mother.

Mr Cross added: "She would struggle to cope with a custodial environment."

Austin has never been in trouble before.