Disgraced butcher found guilty of meat theft from employer

A former butcher has been found guilty of stealing meat from his employer. 

As reported in the Carlisle News and Star, David Lightburn, 52, was charged with theft after it was discovered that he had stolen meat products “little and often” to an estimated value of £4,500 from Westmoreland Limited.

The stolen meat was sold on to two of Lightburn’s friends.

According to prosecutor Frances McEntee, the theft only came to light when Lightburn had switched from an assistant butchery manager role which included some stock-taking duties to that of butcher with the company.

He was ordered by Carlisle Crown Court to complete 150 hours of unpaid work and pay £1,000 in compensation.

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