Embezzler escapes jail sentence

Cupar Sheriff Court.

Cupar Sheriff Court.

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A DEBT-ridden student who embezzled money from the part-time post office he managed has escaped a jail sentence.

Dylan Lindo (28) had ‘succumbed to temptation’ when faced with personal and financial problems, Cupar Sheriff Court heard.

He had stolen a pouch containing £2550 in a ‘moment of madness’ and was now shocked and disgusted with himself.

Lindo, of 112 Bonnygate, Cupar, was given a community payback order and told to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work.

He was told by Sheriff John Halley that he had been guilty of a serious breach of trust that normally would be dealt with by a prison sentence.

But he was clearly a young man with considerable potential and the ability to contribute ‘significantly’ to the community and to society.

Lindo, who the court heard was studying part-time for an arts degree at St Andrews University, had previously admitted embezzling £2550 between June 30 and August 10 last year while employed by C.J.Lang Post Office, Main Street, Balmullo.

The court was told that it was his responsibility to do the banking and put money into pouches ready for collection by a security van.

When it became clear that there was a discrepancy between computer records and the amount actually handed over, he was unable to account for it and was suspended from his duties.

Solicitor Katrina Clark told the court that Lindo, originally from Belize, was academically gifted but had had to give up two previous university places because of funding difficulties.

He began studying in St Andrews on a part-time basis two years ago and worked in the university library, although he now faced disciplinary action and could be expelled.

Ms Clark said that Lindo’s father had committed suicide in 2010 and the grandmother who’d brought him up had died.

He was also trying to support his unemployed brother and his debts were mounting.

Lindo had worked for many years and had never been anything other than trustworthy, said Ms Clark. This offence was out of character and he was shocked and disgusted at himself.

She showed the sheriff a letter from St Andrews University Library which had described his conduct as ‘impeccable.’