Theft From Employer – Plea in the Magistrates Court – Wholly Suspended Sentence

The client had been employed as a delivery driver for a supermarket chain. His delivery duties included him having to deliver pellets of alcohol to various stores. Instead of delivering the alcohol, he would sell a portion of the delivery to friends. Over a three month period, he was charged with stealing around $35,000.00 worth of alcohol from his employer. His actions were detected following a stock take which revealed abnormally low profits from alcohol sales.

Kristina Kothrakis represented our client at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for the charge of Theft.

Thefts from employers are considered particularly serious by the Courts. In this case, submissions were made in relation to the dire financial circumstances the client found himself in at the time of the offending. He engaged in the offending behaviour in an attempt to get himself back on his feet financially, following a period of great instability. He is a father of a 2 year old daughter, which he cares for with very little support. There had been no further offending, and he had worked hard to re-establish himself. The sentencing magistrate took these factors into account, and was persuaded not to impose an immediate term of imprisonment. He was sentenced to 3 months imprisonment, wholly suspended for a period of 6 months.


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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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