Fakenham man Jamie Baxter denies laundering thousands of pounds and using stolen money to buy items including Real Madrid football tickets
PUBLISHED: 08:39 29 March 2017
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A labourer at a swimming pool supplier allegedy used thousands of pounds stolen by his wife from their employer to help pay for a family holiday, electrical equipment and tickets to a Real Madrid football match, a court heard.
Prosecutors also alleged that Jamie Baxter stole pool liner from the Fakenham-based firm Wensum Pools to use as flooring in his home - which they say only emerged when he showed a mobile phone image of his dog on the floor to a company director.
Jamie Baxter, who was employed by Wensum Pools between October 2015 and January 2016 as a general labourer for six to eight weeks, has denied theft and converting criminal property.
King’s Lynn Crown Court heard that the 27-year-old’s wife Paula Baxter, 42, had already pleaded guilty to one count of theft, totalling just over £2,000, and three counts of fraud to the value of almost £24,000 at an earlier hearing.
She had covered maternity leave of the account manager, between January 2015 and January 2016.
As a trial got underway, the prosecution said Jamie Baxter, of Wensum Way, Fakenham, was effectively laundering the money Paula Baxter had stolen.
They said some of the money stolen was credited to their joint bank account, arguing that Jamie Baxter should have known or suspected was stolen money.
Prosecutor David Wilson said the alleged theft of pool liner came to light when Jamie Baxter showed a mobile phone image of his dog to Tristan Dacre, director of Wensum Pools.
Mr Dacre said he noticed the kitchen floor matched the same patterned material used to line swimming pools by his company.
Giving evidence during the trial, Mr Dacre said he asked Jamie Baxter about the pool liner - to which Jamie Baxter replied that he was given permission to take it by the owner, Andrea Morrison.
Mr Dacre added: “I thought it was a bit odd.”
Mrs Morrison told the jury she never gave him permission to take the pool liner and it was not open to employees.
The prosecution said some of the money taken from the company paid for six tickets to a Real Madrid football game in Spain, a family holiday in Skegness, two TVs and a fridge freezer.
The trial continues.