An Aldi supermarket manager, who stole more than £10,000 in cash from his Croydon store, was handed 20 months in prison after being arrested at Gatwick attempting to fly abroad on what he claimed was a cheap holiday from Groupon.

Kenneth Ashie, aged 26, from Catford (born. 09.06.1992) took £10,220 on three separate occasions in October 2017 while cashing up in his role as deputy store manager.

The Crown Prosecution Serrvice said that despite his bosses telling him he would not face charges if he paid the money back in full, he was arrested at Gatwick trying to leave the country for a short break to Amsterdam.

On Thursday, December 20, Ashie was sentenced for three counts of theft by an employee at Croydon Crown Court after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.

Jonathan Storer, deputy chief crown prosecutor for Crown Prosecution Service London South, said: “Stealing from your employer is an abuse of trust and the CPS will prosecute offenders.

“Ashie had the opportunity to pay back the money he stole but instead decided to take a trip to Amsterdam.

“When questioned about where he got the money to do this, he told police officers that ‘it was a deal of Groupon so not that expensive’.

“In 2016 Ashie committed the same offence against his then employers, Savers, stealing more than £3,000.

“He was given a suspended sentence which he has now breached.

“I hope the sentence today reflects the seriousness of these offences and deters others from stealing from their employers.”