Suspended jail term for man who stole from road racer

Philp McCallen. INPT44
Philp McCallen. INPT44

A man who stole money from Ahorey road racer Phillip McCallen while working at his motorcycle store has been given a suspended jail sentence.

William Robert Henry Williamson, a former salesman and senior manager at Phillip McCallen Motorcycles shop in Lisburn, admitted stealing over £3,600 while planning for his wedding.

The 32-year-old, of Milebush Manor in Dromore, submitted a series of false invoices and stole motorcycle parts which he sold on eBay under a fake name.

Craigavon Crown Court heard on Friday that his fraudulent activities were uncovered after another staff member spotted him selling the shop’s stock on eBay.

Williamson, who previously pleaded guilty to two fraud charges, was sentenced to 12 months, suspended for 18 months.

Defence barrister Peter Coiley QC described the offence as a “gross breach of trust”, and said the money had been paid back.