Su­per­mar­ket thief jailed


Kwinana Courier - - News -

A MAN who filled his trol­ley at Wool­worths Baldivis and walked out of the store has been sen­tenced to two years in prison.

Se­lim Ibrahim Dal was con­victed of rob­bery while pre­tend­ing to be armed af­ter his two-day trial ended on Au­gust 4.

Judge Gail Archer said she was go­ing to send Dal to prison be­cause of fac­tors in­clud­ing his dis­hon­esty, lack of re­morse and his de­nial that he had threat­ened the vic­tim.

Po­lice said Dal went to Wool­worths at the Stock­land Shop­ping Cen­tre in Baldivis on Au­gust 11, 2016 at about 8pm, in­tend­ing to steal gro­ceries.

Fill­ing a trol­ley with items, he pushed it to­wards the exit be­fore a fe­male staff mem­ber di­rected him to a check­out.

He pre­tended to fol­low her di­rec­tion be­fore walk­ing through the check­out and out of the store.

She said ‘ex­cuse me’ and grabbed the trol­ley to get him to stop.

Dal grabbed her wrist and swore pro­fan­i­ties.

She then let go, but fol­lowed him as he pushed the trol­ley fur­ther away from the store.

Dal said to her, ‘Let me go or I will stab you with a knife’ and made a mo­tion with his arm as if he was about to pull out a knife.

The vic­tim be­lieved him, although she did not see a knife, and let Dal go.

Judge Archer said the 35year-old had lied in a pre-sen­tence re­port by stat­ing there had been pos­i­tive changes in his life, but the in­for­ma­tion was un­able to be ver­i­fied.

She said Dal’s his­tory of metham­phetamine use was likely to have con­trib­uted to the crime, but as it was a per­sonal choice to take the drug, it was not a mit­i­gat­ing fac­tor.

“I do not ac­cept that you are re­morse­ful,” she said.

“In your ev­i­dence, you falsely claimed that you did not threaten the fe­male staff mem­ber and said you only had spo­ken about show­ing her a re­ceipt.

“The jury re­jected that ex­pla­na­tion and, in my view, they were right to do so. It was ab­surd.

“Your claims in that re­spect were en­tirely in­con­sis­tent with any re­morse on your part.

“You con­tin­ued to deny threat­en­ing that you would stab the fe­male staff mem­ber when you spoke to the writer of the PSR, and you have no em­pa­thy for her at all.

“It is a fact of life that some­times peo­ple do try to steal from stores, and if the stores were go­ing to put into place mech­a­nisms that pre­vented that from happening, it would make the shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence a night­mare, be­cause you would be hav­ing to go through se­cu­rity checks and locks and gates, like be­ing at the air­port.

“In­stead, they get em­ploy­ees, like the vic­tim, to chal­lenge peo­ple like you who are try­ing to leave the store with­out pay­ing for goods.

“For her trou­ble, you treated her in the way that you did. I ac­cept that it would have been a very trau­matic, fright­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for her.”

Judge Archer sen­tenced Dal to two years im­pris­on­ment with el­i­gi­bil­ity for pa­role. It was back­dated to April 4, 2017 when he was first taken into cus­tody.

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