In March 2017, Alan Phillips of our office instructed Mr David Keane of Counsel in a sentence for our client in the Brisbane District Court.
Our client was initially charged with two (2) counts of stealing as a servant from his employer, a cash in transit company. He was employed as a security truck driver, collecting and delivering large quantities of cash.
Alan Phillips of our office provided a submission to the DPP, resulting in one of those counts of stealing being discontinued. Our client entered a plea of guilty to the remaining charge, which alleged $54,365.00 was stolen. The maximum penalty for stealing as a servant, is ten (10) years imprisonment.
Our client entered a plea of guilty to the charge, and was sentenced before the Brisbane District Court. The matter was particularly serious due to the large quantity of money being stolen, and due to the position of trust our client was in as an employee. He had worked there for some seven years.
Following submissions by Mr Keane of Counsel, the Judge sentenced our client to three and a half years imprisonment, wholly suspended for a period of three and a half years. Ordinarily, similar offending can see an offender serve one year in actual custody. This was an excellent result considering the gravity of the offending and case comparatives.