Man avoids jail after stealing $10k from Brisbane boss

A MAN who stole $10,000 from his boss has been given the chance to turn his life around, narrowly avoiding jail.

As he appeared before the Gladstone Magistrates Court on Monday, 32-year-old Daniel Mark Sampson kept his fingers crossed tightly behind his back.

Sampson pleaded guilty to one charge of stealing while employed in Brisbane last year.

The court heard the defendant had tricked a client into unknowingly depositing funds directly into Sampson's account.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Sean Franklin said the defendant had breached the trust of his employer.

"It wasn't a sophisticated offence," Sergeant Franklin said.

Sampson, who was representing himself, told the court he had come to Gladstone for a new start.

He said he was deeply remorseful and was turning his life around.

As Magistrate Russell Warfield delivered his verdict, Sampson interrupted, swearing this would be his last appearance before the court. 

Sampson was given a 12 month wholly suspended prison sentence and ordered to repay the stolen funds.