AN Armaguard security officer who stole $50,000 from a bank delivery in Castlemaine has been jailed.
Phillip Hansen, 45, of Heathcote, was yesterday sentenced to an immediate term of three months’ imprisonment after his appeal was rejected in the Bendigo County Court.
Hansen stole the money while working as a security guard transporting money to a bank in December last year.
He was alone in the truck when he took the money from an unsealed bag.
The court heard he decided to steal the bundle of $50,000 in $50 notes because he was in a “desperate” financial situation.
A police warrant issued on December 19 found the bulk of the money hidden in a glass jar at his Heathcote home.
Police seized $48,000 in total, including a stash of money buried in the backyard.
Hansen was sentenced in May this year to 12 months’ imprisonment, with nine of those months wholly suspended. In his appeal, Hansen argued he should avoid jail because he did not have any prior convictions for stealing.
He said he had committed the theft because of a range of financial difficulties he was facing at the time.
Judge Richard Maidment said he accepted Hansen had an otherwise good record and he would be sentenced differently to someone with a long history of thefts.
But he said Hansen had breached a huge amount of trust in his role.
“Unless it’s clear a person who breaches that trust goes to jail, the court is not doing its job in deterring others,” Judge Maidment said.
Hansen was transported to prison yesterday for a three-month term.
He will serve another nine months wholly suspended.