An employee of Asda who stole money from a till was given a suspended prison sentence last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.
Stephen O’Hare (24), Donegall Road, Belfast, admitted seven charges of theft from the Portadown store.
The offences happened in January and February of last year. For each offence he was given four months in prison, suspended for 12 months. All the sentences are to run concurrently.
He was also ordered to make restitution for the money he stole.
The court heard that police received a report of an employee stealing money from a checkout over a prolonged period. The total amount taken was £189.54.
CCTV and notes from a controlled investigation by Asda were given to police. When interviewed O’Hare made a full admission.
He said he stole the money because he was going through a hard time. The court heard he had paid the money to his solicitor. The case had been adjourned from a previous court so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained.
A barrister for the defendant said the report showed he had a long line of employment since leaving school and what happened was a ‘blip’ and simply for financial gain.
He pointed out that it was a breach of trust case and there was some degree of planning.
The lawyer said the report said the defendant was at a low likelihood of re-offending and was remorseful.