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Sunday 4 December 2016

Bar manager took €5,000 then lost it all in casino

Thomas Cooney (25) had intended replacing the money later but lost it all and immediately handed himself in to the gardai
Thomas Cooney (25) had intended replacing the money later but lost it all and immediately handed himself in to the gardai

An assistant bar manager stole nearly €5,000 in takings from the safe at work and gambled it away in a five-to six-hour "losing streak" in a casino.

Thomas Cooney (25) had intended replacing the money later but lost it all and immediately handed himself in to the gardai.

Dublin District Court heard Cooney, a gambling addict, had been under stress at the time and had "grievances" with his job - but not with his employers.

Judge Anthony Halpin jailed him for six months.

Cooney, a father-of-one of Kilkiernan Court, Cabra, pleaded guilty to stealing €4,909 from his workplace at Doyle's Pub, Doyle's Corner, Phibsborough, on July 6, 2015.

Verse

The court heard when Cooney finished work at 12.15am, he took the cash from the day's takings.

He went to the Fitzwilliam card club on Fitzwilliam Street and over the course of five to six hours lost all the money.

Later that day, he handed himself in.

Defence solicitor Stephen O'Mahony said Cooney had given "chapter and verse" in the garda station, making it "relatively easy" for the investigating gardai.

Management accepted it was a "once off" and here was no suggestion that anything similar had happened before.

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