Kensal Rise record label director stole £13k worth of cameras from his boss

PUBLISHED: 16:14 24 May 2016 | UPDATED: 10:53 04 November 2016

A record label director from Kensal Rise who stole £13,410 worth of cameras from his boss has been spared jail.

Kim St Martin, 34, of Purves Road, pilfered the cameras from Real Nois record label head Reza Kharaghan’s home to pay off debts for shoddy work he had done in the past.

Southwark Crown Court heard the self-employed web designer admitted taking the high-end goods in a ‘foolish mistake’ to pay off clients who weren’t happy with the job he had done for them.

He stole the camera equipment from Mr Kharaghan’s house while working there on his boss’s Real Nois record label from March last year.

Gregor McKinley, prosecuting, said: “The victim of the offences had a collection of camera equipment - some of these were high-end cameras.

“Over time it was noticed that some of those cameras had gone missing and this was eventually reported to the police.”

The court heard how most of the equipment was not actually in plain sight and that Mr Kharaghan discovered they had disappeared following an inventory check.

St Martin was found to have sold the cameras on and only one, sold on July 10, has been recovered.

When confronted about the cameras St Martin admitted to his boss what he had done and admitted his offences in full when voluntarily attending a police station.

Ferdinand Achom, for St Martin, explained that his client had been ‘very very candid’ about the reasons why he stole the cameras.

His actions were described as a ‘foolish mistake’ which led to him being fired.

The judge, Mr Recorder Mr Jeremy Benson QC, decided to suspend an eight-month prison term because of St Martin’s good character and remorse.

He must carry out 200 hours of unpaid work as well as paying £250 in prosecution costs.

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