Engineer stole number of cheques from employers
COURT FATHER-OF-ONE THOUGHT BOSSES WEREN’T PAYING HIS TAX
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.