A Pentlow man stole tens of thousands of pounds from his own father’s business, it has been alleged.
Andrew Gowing, 42, of School Road, was caught out when his father, who had moved to New Zealand, unexpectedly returned to the UK, Ipswich Crown Court heard this week.
On Tuesday, John Gowing gave evidence to the jury in his son’s trial via a live video link from New Zealand.
Mr Gowing said that on his arrival back in Britain in the summer of 2009, concerned about a lack of information from his son, he found Andrew Gowing running the business as if it were his own.
Gowing, who had been left in charge of Gowing Auto Salvage, based in Newmarket Road, Risby, was suspended and resigned his post with the company.
The court heard from Mr Gowing that he had left his son in charge with the aim of finding a buyer for the business. Two offers of around £4million were received but both fell through.
Andrew Gowing had himself offered to buy the company for £1.9million but that was rejected by his father, said prosecutor Andrew Shaw.
Gowing has pleaded not guilty to the theft of £19,600 in cash, five offences of stealing credit balances amounting in total to more than £19,000 and stealing three cars, including a Porsche, and a quad bike.
The prosecution alleges that Gowing retained cash handed over by customers and on one occasion told a scrap metal firm to pay him £19,600 in cash and failed to pay it into the company’s bank account.
The trial continues.