Hope man stole from his former boss

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A Hope man stole money from his former employer just to make him angry, a court heard.

Jamie Hunt had worked at The Old Hall Hotel in the village as a chef until August last year, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard. But he left after an argument with landlord Richard Ellison.

However, the pair later patched things up and on December 8, Hunt was in the pub having drinks with Mr Ellison, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said.

The next day, when Mr Ellison went into his bedroom in the hotel’s private living quarters, he noticed £2,000 had been taken from a drawer. Hunt could be seen on CCTV jumping the bar and going upstairs, Mrs Fitzgerald added.

Initially when spoken to by Mr Ellison, Hunt denied taking the money but later admitted it and invited Mr Ellison to his home to collect the cash.

Hunt then threw two bundles of money out of his bedroom window towards Mr Ellison, but there was £20 missing, the court heard.

In interview, he told police he said he “just wanted to p*** Mr Ellison off” and to make him beg for it back.

Hunt, 22, of Edale Road, admitted theft.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said Hunt had applied to join the Navy as a chef. She added: “He took the money with the intent just to make Mr Ellison angry. He didn’t intend to keep it.”

He was fined £500, and ordered to pay £20 compensation, £85 costs and a £50 surcharge.