Theft – Diversion

Our client was charged with Theft from a well known trade supplier. The allegation against him was that he had assisted his mother to take two items from the store. Our client worked as a teacher, so a criminal record would have an adverse impact on his career and his continued employment.

Shaun Pascoe represented our client at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court.

The Court observed that our client’s role was not one of actively participating in the theft, but rather the failure to act, once the circumstances of his mother’s actions had been brought to his attention by the in-house security. Our client acknowledged that although he did not physically take any property, he was wrong to assist his mother leave the store with him whilst security was remonstrating for them both to remain. The Court also noted the low monetary items of the property and that they had been recovered almost immediately.

Our client received a diversion and was therefore able to avoid a criminal record.


Shaun PascoeShaun Pascoe

Shaun is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist and a partner of the firm. Shaun runs the Heidelberg branch of Doogue + George.

He is an experienced criminal law solicitor and works hard to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients. Shaun handles indictable and summary criminal offences and is an expert at criminal defence for both contested and non-contested cases.

Visit Shaun's profile to read more about his background and experience.

DISCLAIMER: This is a real case study of an actual case from our files. Details pertaining to the client have been changed to protect their privacy. The sentence imposed and the charge have not been altered. These case studies are published to demonstrate real outcomes and give an indication of possible tariffs in Court. We do not guarantee a similar case on these charges will get the same result. Please note that we post results at our discretion, therefore while many case studies are average results, others are notable for their exceptional outcomes. PUBLISHED 25/02/2013