Bond for theft

A former Albury barmaid who fleeced the till has escaped conviction for behaviour her solicitor says has left her “mortified”.

Erin Jayne Vassallo was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond, but had faced a hiccup over compensation.

Mark Cronin, for Vassallo, said she was keen to repay the $180.30 she owed Albury’s Zed Bar.

But she had been unable to do so because the business had prohibited her from making any contact.

Vassallo previously pleaded guilty, through her lawyer, to a charge of steal property as a clerk or servant, as a commitment at Sale had prevented her from attending the previous mention of the matter.

But she did appear before magistrate Michael Crompton for sentence this week.

Mr Cronin said Vassallo had been suffering from anxiety and depression before committing the offences.

Solicitor Mark Cronin

Solicitor Mark Cronin

He noted how Vassallo had contributed to the community through the Border charity Carevan.

What she had done while working at the bar was “totally out of character for this young woman” and that it was unlikely she would ever been seen in court again.

Mr Crompton said he was willing to take into account the 27-year-old’s lack of criminal history and her remorse, but “this is not a trivial matter”.

The court heard previously how Vassallo committed thefts on March 10, 12, 17 and 18.

That involved her serving drinks to a customer, but not putting all of the payment into the till – her offending captured on CCTV.

Some of the cash went into her tips jar.