Worker who stole $7K says he was unfairly treated

A FATHER of six, who believed he was being unfairly treated at work, stole more than $7000 from his employer.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, Cosmas Stanley Luate Wani pleaded guilty to the offence of theft by clerk or servant.

It was reported Wani stole $7143.20 between March 24, 2014 and April 27.

Police prosecutor Jo Colston said Wani had previously been convicted for the same crime against the same employer in 2012.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said Wani had worked for his employer for about seven years since he arrived in Australia as a Sudanese refugee.

Mr Fairclough said Wani was the sole breadwinner of his family, which consisted of his wife and six children aged between one and 11 years old.

He said Wani had a believed he had been somewhat unfairly treated by his employer by working very long hours - sometimes seven days a week - while not paid overtime or leave entitlements.

He said Wani's acts of thefts were also motivated by a gambling problem the 32-year-old admitted he had.

"This matter is unusual because Mr Wani did this the first time and the employer still kept him on," he said.

"I imagine that's probably because the employer wanted to get his money back and kept him in employment as a way to do that."

Mr Fairclough said his client had been regularly paying the money back from the previous offence.

He said it was also unusual because Wani didn't hide his behaviour and that there were even occasions where he told his employer he had taken some money and would repay it.

"He's certainly not your usual offender," Mr Fairclough said.

Wani was sentenced to 14 months jail with immediate release on parole and was ordered to pay $7143.20 in restitution.



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