Mervin Flaherty, Jr has been convicted of three counts of theft.
He was on trial for pilfering more than $400 from his girlfriend’s bank account between July and August of 2016.
In deciding the guilty verdict last Thursday, Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards said there were clear inconsistencies to Flaherty’s case and, as a result, she was “unable to believe his case on a whole.”
On the other hand, she said the witnesses that testified against the McNamara resident were believable.
Flaherty, who is unrepresented, will be sentenced on November 21.
Caught on camera
The court heard that Flaherty was caught on camera at a local bank using an ATM card belonging to his then-girlfriend to withdraw cash.
He stole $300, $100, and $20 on three different occasions.
Upon discovering that her funds were missing, the woman made a report to the bank and the police who then launched an investigation into the matter.
Flaherty was subsequently arrested and charged and during an interview, he told police: “I take it but I didn’t take all one time.”
He also identified himself as the person in the surveillance footage from the bank’s camera.
The court further heard that Flaherty was granted permission on one occasion by his girlfriend to make a cash transaction with her bank card.
It was around that time he learnt the card’s passcode and sought to make unauthorised use of it on subsequent occasions.
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