A torture victim granted asylum in the UK has been given a 16-month jail term for stealing more than £35,000 from his employer.

Sayanthan Selvaratnam (32), who is from Sri Lanka, stole £35,552 in cash from a safe at the Sainsbury’s petrol station, in Belgrave Road, Leicester, on April 1.

Having pleaded guilty before city magistrates last month, he was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court yesterday.

William Falshaw, prosecuting, told the court Selvaratnam, of Catherine Street, Belgrave, Leicester, had been a team manager at the filling station but due to “issues of dishonesty and CCTV tampering” had recently been moved to the store’s bakery.

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