Stole ¤11,300 for boyfriend


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A GREY­STONES woman who stole ¤ 11,300 from her em­ploy­ers for her boyfriend be­cause she didn’t want him to break up with her has had her sen­tence ad­journed at Dublin Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court.

Her boyfriend, who later en­tered her em­ployer’s premises and dam­aged the locks to make it look like the rob­bery was a break in, will also be sen­tenced on a later date.

Wayne Power (32) of Rath­sal­lagh Drive, Shankill, Dublin and Re­becca Daly (26) of Charles­land Court, Grey­stones, both pleaded guilty to the rob­bery of Q-Park carpark in Bloom­field Shop­ping Cen­tre, Dun Laoghaire on Septem­ber 30 last year.

De­tec­tive Garda Sean Allen said Daly told him she was un­der con­stant pres­sure from Power to steal money from her em­ploy­ers so he could pay back a drugs debt.

On Septem­ber 30 he got up as she was go­ing to work and again tried to con­vince her to steal the money. She re­fused and left to start her shift in the car park.

He texted her telling her to ‘just do it’, and ‘don’t think about it, I won’t let you get into trou­ble’. She re­lented and emp­tied the money from the pay ma­chines into her hand­bag. She also took an ad­di­tional ¤5,000 from the safe.

When she fin­ished work she met Power and told him she’d taken the money.

Daly then gave the of­fice keys to her boyfriend, who dam­aged the door and lock at the car park to make it look like they had been forced open be­fore leav­ing the keys in the of­fice and flee­ing.

When con­fronted by Garda Daly broke down cry­ing and ad­mit­ted the rob­bery.

Power was ar­rested at his mother’s house and he made full ad­mis­sions say­ing he was a co­caine ad­dict. He also handed over the re­main­ing ¤3,225 of the stolen cash.

Power’s de­fence coun­sel, Mr. Pa­trick Reynolds, of­fered ¤7,000 in part com­pen­sa­tion on Power’s be­half. Coun­sel for Daly, Ms. Marie Tor­rens, said her client was se­verely de­pressed and was un­em­ployed since her dis­missal from the carpark.

She said she had ¤1,000 in com­pen­sa­tion in court. Judge Frank O’Don­nell called it a very se­ri­ous breach of trust and said he had no doubt Mr Power played a very big part.

He ad­journed sen­tenc­ing un­til Jan­uary and or­dered a pro­ba­tion re­port.

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