Group to face trial over £500,000 alleged data theft

Scarborough Magistrates' Court

Scarborough Magistrates' Court

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A pair of Scarborough men, accused alongside two other males of stealing over £500,000 worth of data records, are set to stand trial.

Both William Messruther, 28, and Mark Belton are alleged to have stolen in excess of 9.5 million data records from marketing firm Emailmovers.

They will appear at York Crown Court for an initial hearing on Friday August 16, alongside codefendants Nashaat Ahmed, from York, and Driffield man Jamie Calvert.

The group face a charge of theft by finding for the offences, which are alleged to have taken place between January 1 and October 17 2012.

All four men have been granted unconditional bail prior to the hearing next month.

At a previous hearing at Scarborough Magistrates, Chairman of the Bench Tony Green warned that the case was in danger of collapse after the Crown Prosecution Service failed to prepare vital court papers.

The magistrate branded the hearing, in which the defendants had been expected to be sent for trial, a “shocking waste of time and money”, and set the CPS a deadline to prepare the documents, which it met, meaning the all four defendants will stand trial.

Neither Messruther, of Albemarle Crescent, or Belton , of Stepney Road - or their co-defendants have entered a plea yet.