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Security head jailed over thefts from ATMs

STRUGGLING to politely describe Speros Michael Vassilakos, Crown prosecutor Russell Hood could only come up with these words.

"He is a thief and a liar," Mr Hood told the Rockhampton District Court.

After facing trial last week, Vassilakos was found guilty of stealing $18,250 from an ATM in October, 2008.

At the time he was the manager of a local security firm.

But yesterday it was revealed this wasn't where his offending ended.

The 45-year-old also pleaded guilty to racking up $7,860 on a company credit card in 2009 and stealing $17,011 from a safe at another workplace in March, 2012.

Mr Hood told the court Vassilakos lied to police about the two thefts, but admitted to the credit card fraud.

Neither the prosecution nor the defence counsel could explain what Vassilakos spent the money on.

The court heard Vassilakos delayed the proceedings of these matters by referring himself to the Mental Health Court last year.

A psychiatrist found while he suffered from adjustment and personality disorders, his claims of schizophrenia and amnesia were "entirely unconvincing".

Defence barrister Ross LoMonaco said his client was married twice and has four children but now has no contact with them. He has no criminal history.

Judge Paul Smith sentenced Vassilakos to three years jail to be released on parole on July 25 next year.

Topics:  atm rockhampton district court theft



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