Retail thefts

A HUNTER Valley man has been convicted of stealing money while working at Dan Murphy's bottle shop in Grafton.

Troy Curtis Fairhall, 32, pleaded guilty to four counts of stealing property as a servant after admitting he processed fake refunds and then kept the money himself.

His solicitor Greg Coombes said the defendant had no reason for his offending, except that he was suffering stress as a result of his father battling brain cancer.

Mr Coombes said Fairhall had no criminal record and had contributed positively to the community. “He acknowledges how stupid this offending was,” Mr Coombes said.

Magistrate Kim Pogson said it had been a serious abuse of trust.

He fined Fairhall $300 for each offence and ordered him to abide by a good behaviour bond for 12 months. Fairhall was also ordered to pay compensation of $1130.

Gun charges

TWO Sydney brothers facing court in Grafton for firearms offences have had charges withdrawn by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Andrew Ilsley and Ronald Keith Ilsley, both 22, were charged with firing at a house with disregard for safety and failing to comply with direction under the Explosives Regulation Act.

Those charges were withdrawn in Grafton Local Court on Monday.

Police originally accused the pair of firing a gun at a house in Yamba last October.

Andrew Ilsley is now facing no charges, while Ronald Ilsley remains charged with larceny and using a distress signal without a licence. He has pleaded not guilty to those offences.

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