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Carlisle shop worker admits games thefts

Carlisle Magistrates Court
Carlisle Magistrates Court

[A] Carlisle man has admitted a charge of theft by employee from the Argos store at Kingstown.

Magistrates in the city were told that James Peter Sharman, 33, had worked for the company for around 7-years, at the time of the thefts on or about September 27, he was working as a team leader, the court was told he had taken around 23-console games in total valued at £854.27.

Pam Ward prosecuting said Sharman decided to hide a number of games down his trousers when he left work and had finished his night shifts.

Some of the games would have been sold-on or used by himself the court was told.

Sharman of Raffles Avenue, pleaded guilty at the first opportunity his lawyer Tariq Khawam told the court, this was an “utterly stupid and a ridiculous thing to do”, he went on to say his job was not one of with “high responsibility” but, he has let his family down, himself and his former employers down” at the time he was under a lot of personal stress, but that’s no-excuse.

Sharman was called in by the company to face a disciplinary hearing, Mr Khawam said his client, knowing he was about to lose his job still went to the hearing and faced up to what he had done.

Magistrates placed Sahrman on a Community order with one requirement to complete 100-hours of unpaid work, he has to pay courts costs totalling £170.

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