Rockingham: ‘underhanded and deceitful’ man fined for stealing housemate’s camera gear

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A MAN was labelled ‘underhanded and deceitful’ after he stole thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment from his housemate.

Nicholas Girys pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing and was fined when he appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court today.

The prosecutor said a camera bag with a Nikon camera and two lenses were reported stolen on May 30, 2017 from a home in Shoalwater.

She said the victim went to get her camera bag from her wardrobe but it was missing.

A freeze was put on the items and not long after Girys was identified trying to pawn the items at Cash Converters in Rockingham.

The items were worth more than $3000 and eventually recovered.

Magistrate Leanne Atkins asked why he stole from a housemate.

Girys replied at the time he had a gambling problem, but was now working and living in Joondalup.

Magistrate Atkins said she would impose a big fine.

“It was a particularly deceitful, underhand, thing to do,” she said.

“The distress you would have caused your housemate from taking such a valuable item is appalling.

“You have a history of stealing and gains benefit by fraud.”

She fined him $3500.

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