A Kirton man spared jail at Lincoln Crown Court after stealing £24,000 from his employer

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A man who admitted stealing more than £24,000 from his employer was spared an immediate prison sentence today (Tuesday).

Tim Goodliff, 37, pleaded guilty to the theft of £24,490 from CDS Labor (Agriculture) Ltd while working as a team leader in the transport planning department.

Sentencing against Goodliff, of Thomas Middlecott Drive, Kirton, had been adjourned by a judge after he admitted a charge of theft by an employee over a 12-month period.

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Lincoln Crown Court

Leanne Summers, mitigating for Goodliff, told Lincoln Crown Court: “The sentence was deferred to prove that Mr Goodliff could stay out of trouble, which he did, and to fund the repayment of the £24,490.

“To some extent he did. Mr Goodliff is able to repay £10,000 by the end of this week, just under half of the outstanding amount.

“More importantly, Mr. Goodliff has found a job. He will work full-time as a food production worker in Boston.

“That job comes with rent-free accommodation so he will be able to pay back a further £1,000 per month.”

A victim impact statement from the company’s owner was read out in court.

It described how the theft of the fuel card had caused significant inconvenience to the business, impacted profits, and left the owner feeling ‘let down’.

Miss Summers told the court Goodliff had no previous convictions and argued the amount stolen was at the lower end of the relevant sentencing guidelines.

Passing sentence Recorder Andrew McLoughlin said he did not accept Goodliff’s claim that he had spent all the money on spoiling his daughter.

“To put it bluntly, you have narrowly avoided an immediate prison sentence,” Recorder McLoughlin told Goodliff.

“It took more than a year. You had a position of trust, a team leader, been promoted in the transport planning department.”

But recorder McLoughlin said Goodliff had stayed out of trouble and was now in a position to pay back his former employer.

Goodliff was sentenced to 16 months in prison, suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work in the community and 20 rehabilitation activity days.