Theft From Employer

Client was charged by the police with 14 charges of theft. He been employed as a delivery driver and over a 3 month period had stolen over $35,000 worth of alcohol from his employer. He had on-sold the alcohol to friends. He was apprehended when discrepancies were detected in the alcohol profits over those months. An investigation by the police identified him as being involved.

Kristina Kothrakis represented our client at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

Thefts which occur in the context of employment are considered particularly serious by the Courts, as they involve a breach of trust between employer and employee.

Despite this, the Magistrate was persuaded that an immediate term of imprisonment was not appropriate in the circumstances. The Magistrates imposed a 3 month term of imprisonment, which was wholly suspended for a period of 6 months. Submissions were made on behalf of the client with respect to the circumstances that led to the offending behaviour, as well as his personal circumstances. He was a young man, who was struggling financially. He has shared custody of his young child and had managed to stay out of trouble for over a year since the offending.


Kristina KothrakisKristina Kothrakis

Kristina has significant experience in criminal trials and also holds a degree in Science, majoring in Psychology, an invaluable area of knowledge, as many of her clients suffer from psychological disorders.

Kristina strives to achieve the best possible result for all her clients. Skilled, decisive and assertive, Kristina demonstrates dedication, care and professionalism at all times.

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