Court places for­mer Ar­riva driver on pro­ba­tion af­ter he ad­mit­ted to steal­ing €2,329

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A court has granted a for­mer Ar­riva bus driver one last chance to over­come his drug ad­dic­tion by plac­ing him un­der a pro­ba­tion or­der af­ter he was found guilty of steal­ing €2,329 from the com­pany.

The ac­cused, 30-year-old An­dre Borg, from Mel­lieħa, had un­law­fully prof­ited, to the detri­ment of Ar­riva, the sum of money en­trusted to him by virtue of his role as a com­pany driver.

In his con­sid­er­a­tions, Mag­is­trate Neville Camil­leri took note of the tes­ti­mony of an Ar­riva rep­re­sen­ta­tive, where it was made known that the ac­cused had paid the sum of money back in full. He also took note of the ac­cused’s check­ered crim­i­nal his­tory, and that Mr Borg had pleaded guilty.

The court de­clared Mr Borg guilty based on a re­port penned by the rel­e­vant pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer. He was placed un­der a pro­ba­tion or­der for three years and com­mit­ted him­self to un­dergo a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme to help kick his ad­dic­tion.

In its judg­ment, the court laid par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on the fact that this was to be the “last chance” af­forded to the ac­cused.

Po­lice in­spec­tors Jonathan Fer­ris and Dori­ette Cuschieri pros­e­cuted.

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