Dunblane cash pub manager 'was suicidal'

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Dunblane cash pub manager 'was suicidal'

A lovelorn pub manager sounded "suicidal" shortly before fleeing to Spain with pounds 2,000 in bar takings and cash raised for the Dunblane tragedy victims and their families, a jury was told yesterday.

Patrick Southgate had repeatedly pleaded with his lover Margaret Buchanan not to end their relationship, she told Southwark Crown Court. "He was begging, imploring me to change my mind. He was crying, but I said no. He sounded suicidal."

James Dawson, for the prosecution, said Southgate, 49, pocketed not only an estimated pounds 1,400 from the Hope and Anchor public house in Poplar, east London, but about pounds 600 raised during an emotional evening he had staged the night before.

Southgate, of Old Windsor, Berkshire, denies one charge of stealing "a quantity of cash belonging to The Dunblane Fund". He admits theft involving the pub takings. The case continues.