NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Marks and Spencer embezzler sent money to Africa

Marks and Spencer
Image caption Onome Aruotore took the money while working at Marks and Spencer

An Aberdeen store worker who embezzled £20,000 to send to relatives in Africa has avoided jail.

Onome Aruotore, 32, from Nigeria, took the money from Marks and Spencer and sent it abroad.

The university graduate had struggled to get a high paid-job in the oil industry, and embezzled the money over four months last year.

Aruotore admitted his crime at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service.

The court heard that Aruotore - who was described as being "utterly ashamed" - has since paid the money back.

Sheriff Kieran McLernan noted that Aruotore had not stolen the money from the St Nicholas branch for his own benefit but to help his family.

He told him: "In a case of this sort, with this amount of money involved, the expectation is that a custodial sentence would be imposed.

"However, there are significantly unusual circumstances in this case."

After the case, Aruotore said: "I'm really relieved".

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites