November 8, 2013

Police v GP: Shoplifting charges

Key Words: Dishonesty offence – Shoplifting – Supermarket – section 10 Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act

Facts:

Police charged P and his friend with shoplifting (value less than $2,000) from a supermarket.

CCTV footage of the pair leaving the store with a canvas bag containing store property had been obtained, and Police intercepted the two men as they were walking through a shopping centre car park.

P’s co-accused admitted to the offence during a police notebook interview in the shopping centre security office, confirming to police that his friend was not involved with the shoplifting. The saleable goods were then returned to the store.

Outcome:

The local court Magistrate accepted that P’s limited involvement in the minor offence, youth and unblemished criminal record were sufficient grounds to deal with the matter by way of section 10 dismissal without penalty.