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Vet is cleared of stealing.

A Staffordshire vet who served part of a life sentence for the murder of his wife before it was discovered she had taken her own life, was cleared yesterday of stealing from a veterinary surgery.

The prosecution at Warwick Crown Court had claimed David Ryan James was captured by a secret camera stealing from the safe at the Julie Hims practice in High Street, Rocester, where he worked as a locum, on nine occasions last year.

It was alleged that after each occasion, he stole amounts ranging from pounds 10 to pounds 30 and totalling pounds 205.

Mr James, aged 48, of Ousley Cross Farm, Ellastone, near Uttoxeter, had denied nine charges of theft.

Mr James, lived in Burton-on-Trent, where he was a partner in a vets practice, until 1994 when he found his first wife Sandra, who he was separated from at the time, dead at his home from the effect of toxic veterinary drugs.

He was charged with her murder and convicted in May 1995 and jailed for life following a trial in which he said she must have committed suicide.

One appeal failed, but the lady who is now his second wife, Catherine, then found Sandra's suicide note in and he was freed by the Court of Appeal in 1998.

Mr James told Warwick Crown Court he had not stolen any money and the only time he took any from the safe was when he changed large denomination notes for smaller ones.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Dec 12, 2002
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