Crown appeal from 12 month jail sentence plus 3 years probation for accused who embezzled over a period of 26 months just over halfa-million dollars. Accused used his employment as a financial officer to gain access to the money. No record. Half of the money taken had been paid back by the accused’s sale of his residence.

Held: Appeal allowed, sentence increased to 18 months jail plus probation.

“The sentence of 12 months imprisonment followed by three years probation falls short of properly reflecting the moral blameworthiness of the Respondent.”

P. Royal, Defence Counsel