WATCH: Mint employee who hid stolen gold in his rectum sentenced to 30 months in jail

A man who stole gold "pucks" from the Royal Canadian Mint by hiding them in his rectum to evade metal detectors has been sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Leston Lawrence was convicted of theft in November by Ontario Court judge Peter Doody, who noted in his ruling the case was based on circumstantial evidence.

The judge said a penitentiary term was needed to deter others; Lawrence's lawyer had argued for an 18-month sentence.

At trial, Doody noted there was no video of Lawrence stealing the gold, and there were no witnesses.

Court heard that Lawrence, whose job at the mint involved purifying recently procured gold, sometimes worked alone and out of sight of security cameras in a process that involved creating the pucks.

He worked at the mint from 2008 until March 2015.