Man fined for stealing personal hygiene items
A 42-year-old Warwick man was fined $200 and ordered to pay $136.20 for goods he admitted stealing from Hasco Wholesalers in Southampton.
Hillview resident Johnny Burgess admitted stealing two packages of soap, toothpaste and body wash on April 23.
When asked to enter a plea in Magistrates’ Court he said: “It is with great shame I am guilty.”
The defendant explained that at the time of the offence he was unemployed and not with his family. Since then he said he has found two part-time jobs and he has been accepted back into his family because of the “great strides” he has made.
“I would like to go home, help my family and put this incident behind me,” he said.
Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner issued a $200 fine or 30 days in default and ordered Mr Burgess to pay $136.20 in restitution to the owners of Hasco Wholesalers.
“This repayment is an opportunity for you to ease your conscience,” said Mr Warner.
Mr Burgess thanked the magistrate “for believing him”. Mr Warner replied: “I didn’t say I believe you but this is the penalty for your offence.”