Man guilty of steal­ing from freight group

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A for­mer Toll IPEC Kar­ratha em­ployee has been sen­tenced to a two-year sus­pended prison term for steal­ing goods he han­dled as part of his work.

Slate No­vak ap­peared in Kar­ratha Mag­is­trate’s Court last week charged with 11 counts of steal­ing as an em­ployee, as well as charges of pos­ses­sion of metham­phetamine and ec­stasy. No­vak pleaded guilty to all charges. He stole items from pack­ages trans­ported by Toll IPEC over al­most 12 months, about one year into his term of em­ploy­ment with the com­pany.

Po­lice ar­rested No­vak and con­ducted a search at the Toll IPEC of­fice on Oc­to­ber 2 last year.

No­vak was also charged with two counts of pos­sess­ing pro­hib­ited drugs.

Le­gal Aid lawyer Leanne Wykes told the court her client was well ed­u­cated and a qual­i­fied car­pen­ter who had strug­gled to find em­ploy­ment and been liv­ing in a storage shed in the months since the steal­ing charges were laid.

She said he had stolen the items op­por­tunis­ti­cally at a time when he felt re­sent­ment to­wards his for­mer em­ployer over a per­ceived ex­ces­sive work­load.

He had also been us­ing drugs recre­ation­ally dur­ing the pe­riod of of­fend­ing.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor John Hart re­quested a term of im­pris­on­ment, say­ing steal­ing as a ser­vant was no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult to de­tect, a breach of trust and en­dan­gered an em­ployer’s rep­u­ta­tion, es­pe­cially in a small town.

Mag­is­trate Richard Hus­ton said the of­fences were se­ri­ous and the penalty should be a de­ter­rent to oth­ers.

He took into ac­count No­vak’s early guilty plea and the fact he had al­ready spent 21⁄2 months in cus­tody in hand­ing down the max­i­mum sus­pended prison sen­tence of two years.

For the drug of­fences, Mag­is­trate Hus­ton is­sued an 18-month in­ten­sive su­per­vi­sion or­der, in­clud­ing al­co­hol and drug coun­selling.

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