Fine for theft of ‘es­sen­tials’

LACK OF RE­MORSE AS MAN FACES COURT

Weekend Courier - - Opinion It Was Ugly And It Was Unnecessary. -

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.

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