Man tried to sell for­mer em­ployer’s ma­chin­ery on­line

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

A man who pleaded guilty to theft from a for­mer em­ployer over seven years ago is still held in good stead by his for­mer boss.

Leon Cooney, 51 Ardmore Wood, Her­bert Road, Bray, pleaded guilty to theft of a welder at St Vin­cent’s Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal, Her­bert Av­enue, Dublin 4, on April 1, 2010, at Thurs­day’s sit­ting of Bray District Court.

In 2010, Mr Cooney, then aged 21, was em­ployed as a builder.

Ear­lier this year, his for­mer em­ployer no­ticed ma­chin­ery be­long­ing to him up for sale on DoneDeal. He recog­nised the item as be­ing his prop­erty.

The item was re­turned to the right­ful owner and Mr Cooney was co­op­er­a­tive with the gar­daí at all times.

De­fence So­lic­i­tor, Bren­dan Maloney, said the mat­ter had never been re­ported un­til the for­mer em­ployer saw the item be­long­ing to him on sale on DoneDeal. Dur­ing the pre­vi­ous seven years it had been in the pos­ses­sion of Mr Cooney, who never used it.

Mr Maloney said: ‘It was a fool­ish de­ci­sion and was re­turned in work­ing order to its owner. My client was only 21 at the time and this has come back to haunt him. He left school at 17 and went straight into work.

‘He is now 29 with two chil­dren and is a full-time plumber. He re­grets his ac­tions and the in­jured party, be­lieve it or not, still holds him in good stead,’ said Mr Maloney.

Judge David Kennedy or­dered a Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Re­port and ad­journed all mat­ters back to Jan­uary 11 2018.

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