En­gi­neer stole num­ber of cheques from em­ploy­ers


Bray People - - Christmas Time In Bray -

A BRAY EN­GI­NEER stole €1,550 from his em­ploy­ers be­cause he thought they were not pay­ing his tax.

Brian Swan, Bal­ly­man Road, a fa­ther of one, was sacked af­ter he was caught steal­ing the cheques from BER Construction at Wick­ham Place, Dublin 14. He ad­mit­ted tak­ing the cheques on a date be­tween Au­gust 1 and Oc­to­ber 10 2008.

Judge Hugh O’Don­nell heard that Swan is out of work and hop­ing to join the fire ser­vice. The case was ad­journed for the prepa­ra­tion of a pro­ba­tion re­port.

Garda John O’Ke­effe told Dun Laoghaire District Court he ar­rested Mr Swan on Novem­ber 6. When the charges were put to him, he replied ‘yes I did’, and ‘yes’. He made a full state­ment of ad­mis­sion and had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions. Swan has never been in any kind of trou­ble be­fore, said his so­lic­i­tor Jonathan Dun­phy, and was on med­i­ca­tion for ‘a par­tic­u­lar ill­ness’.

Mr. Dun­phy said that Swan has worked all his life in the construction in­dus­try, and most re­cently he had spent sev­eral years work­ing for a wind tur­bine com­pany. He left that job and his griev­ance was with his sub­se­quent em­ploy- ers. ‘ He had grow­ing con­cerns that his em­ployer wasn’t pay­ing tax for him,’ Mr Dun­phy said. ‘He went about re­solv­ing mat­ters in com­pletely the wrong man­ner.’

Judge O’Don­nell heard that Swan had com­pen­sa­tion with him in court. He said that he would not make a de­ci­sion in the case be­fore see­ing a pro­ba­tion re­port and ad­journed it un­til Fe­bru­ary 25.

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