Which is why, I suppose, Ramsdens have to spend more money to achieve the justice the system can’t – or, more likely, won’t – give them:
A Grimsby superstore is seeking legal action against a former employee who stole more than £55,000.Civil action is due to take place to recoup money taken from Ramsdens by James Jennings.
And why do they need to do this? Well, almost all the ill-gotten gains went over the bookie’s counter:
As reported, at Grimsby Crown Court, Jennings, 42, of Charles Street, Cleethorpes was ordered to pay over the £300 he had saved as “some gesture towards compensating the former employer”.
Ah, but he was imprisoned, shouldn’t that be enough, you cry?
Don’t be silly…
He received a one-year suspended prison sentence and was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work.
That work, of course, being for the state, and not the company that he defrauded. The company isn’t happy with what passes for ‘justice’. And they aren’t going to take it lying down for once:
Finance director Daryn Brookes, said the firm intended to pursue a civil case because of the extent of the loss.
He said bosses at his company were baffled why no order to pay the money back was made by the Judge Kate Buckingham.
Mr Brookes said: “We don’t understand the judgement. We can’t take the case any further through the criminal courts because it is a Crown Prosecution Case.
There was a small judgement but that is in no form of recompense.
“This was a very selfish act and people here are hurt.”
So, why wasn’t he ordered to pay more back?
A Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman said the level of compensation is a matter for the judge as to whether an order is made and for how much. There is not a correlation between the amount of the loss and the amount of the order.
She added that the CPS did make an application for compensation and the judge had taken into consideration the defendant’s means to pay.
So it seems that if you squander your ill-gotten gains and have nothing left when the police catch up with you, you’re home free. That’s not justice, is it?