Budget woe led to theft from boss

Last updated 07:02 25/02/2014

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A 29-year-old Invercargill woman stole more than $2000 from her employer because she was in financial difficulty, the Invercargill District Court was told.

Lauren Rose McCallum appeared before Judge Christina Cook last week and admitted 11 charges of theft by a person in a special relationship between September 25, 2012, and October 25 last year.

She was remanded on bail to March 25 for sentence.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rob Mills said McCallum was an office administrator for Bond Contracts Ltd. Her duties included handling cash payments from customers who paid for wheelie bin services and associated accounts.

Between September 25, 2012, and October 25, 2013, she received 11 cash payments totalling $2131.01.

McCallum put the cash in a folder to be banked but later stole the money, he said.

When her actions were discovered she admitted the offending and was stood down and later dismissed. She wrote a letter of apology and repaid $1200. The outstanding money owed was deducted from her final pay, he said.

McCallum told police she had been in financial difficulty and had medical bills to pay.

She was remorseful and fully co- operated with police and her employer, Mr Mills said.

Assault

Logan Lambert Bruce Heywood, 27, driver, was sentenced to 110 hours of community work and six months of supervision for assaulting a female and for possessing an offensive weapon - a knife - on January 4.

Christopher Gary Turnbull, 38, was sentenced to 90 hours of community work for assaulting a person on January 30.

Intentional damage

Karim Kerehi Kahuroa, 20, was sentenced to 250 hours of community work for intentionally damaging a car and key on January 7, and for breaching community work on February 1.

Wilful trespass

Kayne Paul Hill, 26, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within six months for wilfully trespassing in Wachner Place on February 19.

Geraldine Cecelia Tamatea, 33, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within 10 months for wilfully trespassing on February 6.

Obstructing police

Graham Leonard Cuff, 21, was fined $680 for intentionally obstructing police and for driving while forbidden on February 2.

Theft

Lee Ryan Proud, 20, was sentenced to 40 hours of community work for stealing a pair of shoes valued at $35.99 from The Warehouse on October 11.

Breaches

James Anthony Skipper, 22, was sentenced to 40 hours of community work for breaching community work on February 1.

Mark Alexander Coutts was convicted and discharged for breaching community work on February 1.

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Liara Jayde Bishop was remanded on bail to March 14 for sentence for breaching community work on January 31.

Driving

Shannon Jeffrey Aitken, 24, was remanded on bail to March 14 for sentence for driving dangerously and with a breath-alcohol level of 1018 micrograms on January 19.

Akuhata Conrad Waihape, 27, a shearer, of Dipton West, was fined $550 and disqualified for seven months for driving while suspended on February 10.

Drink-driving

Wade John Von Tunzelman, 31, was fined $580 and disqualified for six months for driving with a breath- alcohol level of 577mcg on January 31.

- The Southland Times

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