Boss sug­gests lean meat thief sen­tence

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Adam Poulsen

A JAN­DAKOT busi­ness has gone in to bat for one of its em­ploy­ees af­ter he was caught steal­ing $172 worth of meat from his work­place.

Christo­pher Wil­liam Waters (35) pleaded guilty in Fre­man­tle Mag­is­trates Court to steal­ing from his em­ployer, Ryan’s Qual­ity Meats, where he has worked for the past nine years.

How­ever, the court was told Waters’ boss was among those who pro­vided let­ters tes­ti­fy­ing to the father-oftwo’s good char­ac­ter.

Mag­is­trate Peter Malone de­scribed the theft as “a mi­nor ex­am­ple of a se­ri­ous of­fence”.

“It’s not a lot of money in­volved and even his boss has writ­ten in ask­ing can the court be as le­nient as pos­si­ble, which is pretty im­pres­sive,” he said.

“Steal­ing as a ser­vant has al­ways been re­garded by the courts as se­ri­ous be­cause it’s a breach of trust… But of course, some peo­ple steal hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars and you only stole $172.”

Mr Malone granted Waters a spent con­vic­tion and im­posed a “rel­a­tively mod­est” fine of $400 with court costs of $118.50. He was also or­dered to re­pay his em­ployer.

Mr Malone noted that Waters had no prior crim­i­nal record, was un­der­go­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and that his of­fend­ing stemmed from a trou­bled up­bring­ing.

“You had a very dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion as a child and you are deal­ing with those de­mons,” he said.

Christo­pher Waters. Face­book Pic­ture:

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