Former LIDL employees charged with €3,000 theft
Two former Lidl employees were today placed under a two-year probation order after they admitted to stealing €3,000 worth of stolen goods from Lidl Supermarket in Santa Venera.
Clayton Spiteri, 26, of Zabbar and Dario Camilleri, 27 of Qrendi pleaded guilty to stealing various products grom their former employers including Nutella, Nescafe and Red Bull.
The young men were also ordered to pay Lidl €1,500 within a year.
Meanwhile, a third man, Joseph Camilleri, 43, of Zabbar, was also arraigned in court after he admitted to buying the stolen goods.
During court proceedings, the prosecution explained that upon discovering the stolen items in the man's possession, Camilleri, who works a store keeper, claimed he was unaware the items were stolen.
When handing the accused his sentence, the defense counsel and the prosecution both agreed that Camilleri has no prior convictions. However, in his decree, Magistrate Antonio Micallef Trigona handed the accused an 18 month conditional discharge after he argued that handling stolen property is no petty offence.
Inspectors Geoffrey Azzopardi and Robert Vella prosecuted while lawyers Carm Mifsud Bonnici and Joseph Arrigo appeared for the former employees while lawyer Franco Debono appeared for Mr Camilleri.