Pub landlady stole £2,000 takings

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A PUB landlady who stole nearly £2,000 from her employers to fund her partner’s alcohol addiction has walked free from court.

Tracey Gunner, aged 43, stole the cash when she was the landlady of The Wharncliffe Arms, in Wharncliffe Side, Sheffield.

Katy Rafter, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court, said: “The area manager discovered a discrepancy in the banking figures. He found £1,859.60 was missing.

“He sacked the defendant on the spot. Then he discovered the till was short of £122.”

Kevin Jones, defending Gunner, who admitted one count of theft, said she had repaid £150 to the brewery.

He said she stole the money to fund her partner’s alcohol habit.

Mr Jones said: “It just got out of hand.”

He added Gunner, now of Grimsby, was of previous good character and had worked in the licensing trade for 24 years.

Judge Alan Goldsack QC sentenced her to a 12-month community order and ordered her to carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work for the community.

She was also told she must repay £1,832 to the brewery, and £1,200 court costs, at a rate of £100 a week.

He said: “This is a case of stealing from your employers. All such offences are serious.

He added: “At the time you were living with an alcoholic partner and it was he who was stealing a lot of the money and you have then covered up for him.”