A JOONDALUP magistrate has shown little sympathy for a woman’s job concerns, denying her the ability to provide a police clearance after she admitted to stealing from a former employer in Two Rocks.
Linda Karen Doherty faced Joondalup Magistrates Court on August 10, pleading guilty to three charges of stealing as a servant when she was an employee at North Coast News Gifts and Post from 2017-18.
She took $985 of cash and items. Magistrate Gregory Benn fined her $2000.
In the first offence, the court heard Doherty was the store supervisor late last year when she gave her partner a bundle of $500 and he left the store with it.
Doherty admitted to it happening, but told Mr Benn they were only borrowing the money and returned it to the drawer later that day.
On December 26, Doherty stole a $20 scratch-and-win ticket and a $65 slikpik.
She had no excuse for that offence.
On January 4, Doherty’s partner came to the store and she gave him $400 from the till.
Doherty claimed she returned the cash the next day and needed it to buy medication because she did not have enough money in her bank account at the time.
She pleaded for a spent conviction because she had been offered a FIFO job.
Mr Benn accepted she took the money “in moments of particular financial need” but denied her application, saying it would not be in the public interest to deny a future employer the knowledge that she had a history of theft.