Fine for theft of ‘essentials’
LACK OF REMORSE AS MAN FACES COURT
A MAN who ‘just felt like stealing’ exasperated Magistrate Leanne Atkins with his lack of remorse.
Aaron Neville Emery pleaded guilty to stealing when he appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court on March 10.
The prosecutor said Emery went to Woolworths at the Hub Shopping Centre on February 14 after 4pm.
The prosecutor said he walked up and down some aisles, selected items and then walked out of the store without paying.
A store employee asked him to pay but he ignored her and continued walking out of the store.
When arrested by police he said he did it because he “needed the essentials”.
Magistrate Leanne Atkins asked Emery why he stole the items, to which he said he “did not know”.
“So you just felt like it?” she said. Emery replied: “Yes. “People steal off me.” Magistrate Atkins said it didn’t make it right.
“When people like you steal from shops like Woolworths, we all pay higher prices,” she said. “It is not a victimless crime.” She fined him $300. The value of items stolen was $30.