Bar manager admits stealing nearly £7,000 from McManus pub in Northampton

Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001
Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001

A Northampton woman has admitted stealing almost £7,000 from the pub company that employed her for 15 years.

Jacqueline Woolnough, of Lennox Walk in Duston was working as a bar manager at The Lord Byron pub in Kingsley Park Terrace when she pocketed the money taken from the tills and the pub fruit machine. She also cost the pub company, McManus, money by giving away free drinks to family members.

She had been in a lot of debt and was essentially stealing from Paul to pay back Peter.

Stella Moses

During a hearing at Northampton Magistrates’ Court yesterday, the 41-year-old pleaded guilty to the charges, which took place over five months between November of last year and March this year.

Stella Moses, prosecuting, said: “An internal audit by company owner Paul McManus found an anomaly in the accounts.

“More than £5,000 of takings from the fruit machine had not been banked and there was a shortfall of more than £1,000 from the bar.

“Mr McManus put the problem to her and she admitted that she had not banked the money and had been taking it.

“She also said that she had been giving away free drinks ‘on tick’ by setting up tabs there were then not paid.

“She expressed remorse during a police interview and said she wanted to pay the money back. She had been in a lot of debt and was essentially stealing from Paul to pay back Peter.”

Paul McManus, of McManus pubs, said that Woolnough, began her 15-year career with the company as a barmaid at the Foundrymans Arms in St James, then worked at Jeckyll & Hyde in Wellingborough Road before moving on to The Lord Byron.

He said that one of the ways she had taken money was through: “Tabs for her family members not paid.”

Woolnough will appear at Northampon Crown Court next month.