Colleague agrees he could have raided ATM, but didn’t

THE co-worker of Speros Michael Vassilakos yesterday conceded he had the opportunity to take money from the ATMs he worked on, but denied ever doing so.

Vassilakos, the former manager of a local security firm, has pleaded not guilty to stealing $18,250 from a Rockhampton ATM in October 2008. He faces trial in the Rockhampton District Court this week.

From the witness stand, Vassilakos' former colleague told the court he had attended the machine in question and opened the safe three times around the time the money went missing.

On one occasion he went with a technician from another company. The other times he attended with his brother, who was also an employee of the security firm.

Defence barrister Ross LoMonaco asked the witness if he had taken any money from the ATM, to which he replied no. He said he could also vouch for his brother. However, Mr LoMonaco said they could only really take his word for it.

"That's not your fault, but that's the reality," he said.

The witness agreed he had the opportunity to take the money, but said this was the same for anybody in his field of work at any job.

Recordings of police interviews with Vassilakos in 2008 and 2009 were also played for the jury.

The Crown closed its case yesterday afternoon and the jury is expected to retire today.



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