Mandurah Harvey Norman thief faces court

In court this week.
In court this week.

A Mandurah woman who stole more than $1800 worth of goods from her employer has been denied a spent conviction.

Amy Louise Turner, 29, pleaded guilty to seven counts of stealing as a servant and faced Mandurah Magistrates Court on Friday for sentencing.

The court was told Turner, who had been employed by Harvey Norman, used store gift cards she credited with money to spend on goods for herself between January, 2016 and January, 2017.

Over the course of two years, Turner racked up $1820 worth of purchases, which included a washing machine and a Playstation controller.

She was arrested on April 10 this year.

Counsel for Turner said her client accepted full responsibility for her actions and was “extremely remorseful”.

Turner was said to have been struggling financially at the time of her offences, despite both she and her partner being employed throughout the period.

Her lawyer applied for a spent conviction, saying Turner was studying international relations, and hoped to work for border security in the future..

“Her entire future is at stake,” she told the court.

Magistrate Anne Longden accepted Turner had written to her previous employers, but had not been prepared to meet with them for victim/offender mediation.

She referred to Turner’s offences as representing a “significant breach of trust”, and said future employers had the right to know about her convictions.

Turner was placed on a six-month community based order and must do 60 hours of community work. She must also repay the $1820 to Harvey Norman Mandurah.