Babcock Marine worker cleared of stealing from employers
A BABCOCK Marine worker accused of stealing from his employers has been cleared by a jury.
Gary Stephens, aged 30, appeared at Plymouth Crown Court for trial after he was accused of taking cable and equipment worth more than £900.
However, after a three day trial, the jury returned from deliberations to clear Mr Stephens, of Mount Gould Crescent, of the two charges he faced. He was accused of stealing ball lock ties worth £95 from Babcock Marine between September 17 and March 21 this year and cable worth £840 belonging to Aggreko between February 13 and February 17 this year.
After being cleared unanimously by the jury Mr Stephens said he was "really relieved". He said: "I'm an electrical fitter with Babcock and work on warships. My life has been upside down for the last few months. I've suffered stress over all this and it put a lot of weight on my family life."
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"Thankfully I wasn't suspended from work but I was off work recently with the stress of the trial. I just want to get back to normal now."