Cleaner stole iPad from employer to send to relative in west Africa

A TUNBRIDGE Wells man has been fined for stealing an iPad to give to a relative.

Rahim Sherazi, 65, of Summervale Road, Tunbridge Wells, appeared at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday charged with theft by employee.

The court heard Sherazi, a cleaner, stole an iPad from his employer NLA Media Access, a publishing company in Church Road, Tunbridge Wells.

Prosecuting, Edward Parton said: “Mr Sherazi was a cleaner and when everyone had left one evening he took an iPad belonging to the company.

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“A tracking application on the device led police to a number of places and it ended up being found at a depot.

“It had been packaged up to be shipped to Africa.”

The court heard Sherazi’s wife, of African origin, has a son in Sierra Leone and every few months the couple send clothes, toys, food and sanitary items to the west African country.

Defending, Andrew Main said: “In many ways this is a sad case because the device was not taken for Mr Sherazi’s personal gain.

“He does not know what came over him and the intention was always to send to Africa. He wasn’t going to benefit from it at all and is deeply ashamed of doing something so impulsive and out of character.”

Sherazi had been an employee of the company for ten years.

He pleaded guilty to the charge of theft.

“It’s been hard for the defendant to come forward and he is very embarrassed.”

Chairman of the bench Trevor Perkins said: “You were in a position of trust but you were going to make no financial gain from this. It was for charity and we have taken this into account.”

Sherazi was fined £178.

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