Thief did it for the dough - coun­sel

Mandurah Coastal Times - - STREET WATCH -

A WOMAN who stole thou­sands from a Pin­jarra bak­ery was lucky to es­cape a se­ri­ous sen­tence in Man­durah Mag­is­trates Court on Fri­day.

Kathy Lee Cour­cha faced pun­ish­ment for 38 charges of steal­ing as a ser­vant af­ter plead­ing guilty in Au­gust.

The court heard Cour­cha was em­ployed on March 16, 2016 at Mi­ami Bake­house and was re­spon­si­ble for the day-to­day run­ning of the busi­ness, in­clud­ing count­ing the tills.

While count­ing the till, Cour­cha would put notes into a cal­ico bag and hide it on a shelf. She would hide the bag on her per­son and sneak it out of the bak­ery.

The steal­ing in­ci­dents took place ev­ery few days from De­cem­ber 7 last year to Fe­bru­ary 17 this year.

Coun­sel for the ac­cused said Cour­cha was in the grips of a metham­phetamine ad­dic­tion at the time.

She had been us­ing for six to seven years and was sup­port­ing her un­em­ployed hus­band’s habit as well.

Cour­cha has since moved to Don­ny­brook to es­cape neg­a­tive in­flu­ences and has con­tin­ued to work in re­tail.

Of the $4500 stolen, Cour­cha has paid back about $2000.

Mag­is­trate Anne Long­den said the theft had a real im­pact on Mi­ami Bake­house.

“The cir­cum­stance of your of­fend­ing arose through your use of metham­phetamine,” she said. “Your use of that drug led to you do­ing things you would never have dreamt of.”

Mag­is­trate Long­den said most peo­ple would think this type of of­fend­ing should lead to a term of im­pris­on­ment.

But be­cause Cour­cha had made an ef­fort to pay the money back, she placed her on a 12-month in­ten­sive su­per­vi­sion or­der, with pro­gram re­quire­ments.

Cour­cha was also or­dered to com­plete 80 hours com­mu­nity work, re­pay $2500 to Mi­ami Bake­house and pay $100 in costs.

Cour­cha was re­minded not to of­fend while on the or­der or face re­sen­tenc­ing.

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