Employee stole salon equipment

A man who said he felt ‘hard done by’ admitted stealing equipment from the hair and beauty salon where he had worked.

Rowen John Faulkner, 28, pleaded guilty to the theft of a hair extension machine, valued at $672; a hair dryer, value $70.56; and hair clippers, value $30.

Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale asked Faulkner if he had stolen the items out of spite.

He said yes, explaining that he had travelled all the way from the UK to work at the salon. ‘Me and my girl friend felt we were pushed aside and weren’t listened to at the salon.’

He said his girlfriend had already returned to the UK. Faulkner called his offence a silly mistake.

The magistrate called it deliberate and committed in a fit of pique.

She said employee thefts are regarded as extremely serious because they are a betrayal of trust. An employer does not put someone in his business place expecting that person to steal.

Courts frequently impose custodial sentences, she pointed out. She had to consider whether the offence was one incident or a series, whether it was cleverly devised or simple and unplanned, and what the value of the stolen goods was.

In this case the items totalled less than $1,000. The theft was not exceptionally clever and Faulkner had been unable to conceal it from the employer.

The magistrate considered that Faulkner had lost his good character because he was now convicted of theft; he had lost his right to remain in Cayman; he had incurred expense travelling here and getting accommodation.

Noting that the maximum fine for theft is $2,000, she ordered Faulkner to pay $750 or serve four months in default of payment.

The stolen items were recovered.

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