Man avoids jail for $1300 work theft

Southern Telegraph - - News - Pierra Wil­lix

A 25-year-old man who stole more than $1000 from his em­ployer to help pay a med­i­cal bill has been handed a com­mu­nity-based or­der af­ter he pleaded guilty to the of­fence.

The man ap­peared in the Rock­ing­ham Mag­is­trate’s Court on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12, to face 18 counts of steal­ing as a ser­vant.

The court was told on the night of May 17 last year, the man was at his place of em­ploy­ment, a lo­cal liquor store, when he took sev­eral re­ceipts out of the bin and marked them as re­funds through the EFTPOS ma­chine, trans­fer­ring the money into his per­sonal ac­count.

He did this 18 times, with the to­tal amount of money trans­ferred be­ing $1361.

In court, the man’s lawyer said he was fac­ing be­com­ing blind in his right eye and had needed as­sis­tance to pay off an eye op­er­a­tion, which was not cov­ered un­der Medi­care.

In­stead of ask­ing for help, her client took the money from his em­ployer.

How­ever, af­ter he was con­fronted by his em­ployer, he made full ad­mis­sions and paid all the money back.

The man was given a six-month com­mu­nity-based or­der by the court and was granted a spent con­vic­tion.

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