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    2018 - 07.06

    A NIGHT manager of a Moree tavern is now a convicted criminal after he was found guilty of an inside hit, stealing thousands of dollars from the hotel.
    Nanjing Night Net

    Yesterday morning, a court found Gregory Taylor was behind the break-in and theft of a large amount of cash after planning a fake robbery in October 2013.

    The week-long judge-only trial in Moree District Court wrapped up yesterday with the guilty verdict handed down by Judge Stephen Hanley.

    Immediately after the verdict, Judge Hanley refused Taylor’s bail and signalled the 52-year-old was looking at a lengthy jail sentence for hismasterminding.

    Taylor claimed he had closed the tavern and locked up for the night on October 23, 2013, but returned shortly after when an alarm activated.

    During his check on the hotel, the 52-year-old told police, he found the rear door had been forced in, then was held up with a knife and ordered to walk to a safe at the back of the hotel.

    A short time later, another employee found Taylor locked in the safe. The cash was gone and so was the supposed thief.

    That man, Trent Orchard, was arrested a week after the incident.

    He is now on parole after serving 12 months behind bars for his role in the heist. He had pleaded guilty to the aggravated break-and-enter and was jailed last year for up to two years.

    Despite Orchard’s arrest, Moree detectives unravelled the pair’s robbery plot after months of investigations, and closed in on Taylor.

    He was arrested and charged on May 9, and was released on bail by a court two days later.

    Taylor maintained his innocence throughout the trial, in which six witnesses were called to give evidence, including his co-accused and three police officers.

    About $25,000 in cash was taken from the hotel, but it has never been recovered.

    Taylor was found not guilty of perverting the course of justice and accessory after the fact.

    He remains behind bars and will be sentenced next month.

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