Tesco night manager stole £35,000

Michael Thomas Kearns who has admitted stealing �36,000 from Tesco
Michael Thomas Kearns who has admitted stealing �36,000 from Tesco

A former night manager who stole over £35,000 from his employers has been jailed for nine months.

Micheal Thomas Kearns, whose address was given on court papers as Breacanlea, Claudy, but is now residing in Blackpool, pleaded guilty to the theft of £35,132,76 from the Limavady Tesco on August 6, last year.

The 42-year-old also admitted perverting the course of justice on August 8, 2010.

The court heard that after depositing the money at his uncle’s post office in Sligo, Kearns had told police he and his family had been threatened by a gang.

He claimed that he had to get the money from his place of work and bring it to them.

However, after CCTV was viewed by police, it was discovered Kearns had lied.

Passing sentence, Judge Piers Grant said “a significant penalty would be imposed” where a person had abused a position of responsibility.

He added that the 42-year-old had an “extensive record” for dishonesty and only a custodial sentence was appropriate.

Following his release from custody, Kearns will spend a further nine months on licence.