Off to jail after theft as courier employee



FOR six months Troy Anthony Quinn used his job as a courier to steal more than $17,000 from one of the company's clients.

But despite his crimes, Quinn's employer: Zippy Couriers kept him employed for 12 months after he was caught, his defence lawyer told Rockhampton District Court yesterday.

He then obtained work with a rival courier company before moving into business on his own last year.

Family members broke down in tears yesterday as Quinn was led away to prison after pleading guilty to one charge of stealing as a servant.

Crown Prosecutor Justin Whalley told the court part of Quinn's job was to take money from businesses and transport it to the bank.

Between September 2003 and March 2004 he failed to bank 11 bags of cash from Bill Kirby's Amcal Chemist, totalling $17,000.

Mr Whalley said he put the money towards purchasing a ute and a jetski, both of which will now be forfeited.

Defence barrister Ross Lo Monaco said Quinn, a father of two young children, had learnt his lesson and would not be likely to offend again.

Judge Julie Ryrie sentenced Quinn to two years' jail, suspended after three months.



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