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My friend is on bail with charges money

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hello, my friend is on bail with charges for stealing money from his job, theft from employee and breach of trust, anyone has an idea if he is facing jail? the amount was around £6000 , he spent it all at the bookies due to his gambling addiction.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
What was the nature of his work?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
he was the duty manager
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Thanks.
I'm afraid he is at risk of custody. It is a reasonable sum of money and he was a duty manager. Obviously being a manager can involve a very high amount of trust or a very small amount but either way it is a breach of trust.
The fact that he didn't spend it on essentials is also an unhelpful point.
It is very borderline. It isn't guaranteed that he would go to prison basically because the amount is not that high.
The best way to avoid it is to start to repay the money taken. That is always a very helpful point in mitigation.
It is probably 50-50 that he would be given a suspended sentence.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Jo
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
ok thank you very much for you aclarations, but if he pleads guilty and agree to pay back the money in installments does he have a better chance to not to go to prison?
and if he goes,how long time do you reckon is he gonna serve? thanks again
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Pleading guilty will get credit.
Repaying is helpful but always better if he starts before he is sentenced.
How long he will serve depends. Months rather than years.