Boss suggests lean meat thief sentence
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.
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