Community-based sentence for theft from club

A supervisor who took money from the Papanui Club was sentenced to community work, supervision, and ordered to pay reparation, at her sentencing in the Christchurch District Court.

Sixty-four-year-old Christine May Black, also known as Christine Painter, had paid back some of the $3000 she took, and her counsel, Clayton Williams, told the court she had the rest of the money to pay the club today.

He said Black had mental health difficulties, and used the money for gambling, but she was now medicated, and had engaged with the Salvation Army for her gambling addiction.

She was genuinely remorseful, he said.

Judge Alistair Garland said he was sentencing Black on a serious charge of theft by a person in a special relationship. She had pleaded guilty last month.

Black was a supervisor at the Papanui Club responsible for cash handling and banking. In January 2017 the general manager saw cash was going missing, and started an internal investigation.

On June 17 Black was seen on internal security footage removing cash from the float safe, and taking it from the premises in her handbag. When confronted she admitted taking the cash.

She had since repaid $500, and today will pay the $2500 outstanding.

Judge Garland sentenced Black to 150 hours community work, reparation, and nine months supervision to undertake an assessment, and any counselling recommended by her probation officer, for her gambling addiction. He said he knew she was already doing counselling at the Salvation Army but it was important that the court maintained oversight on it.



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