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Sunday 11 December 2016

Gambling addict 'facing jail' and told to pay back full €7k he stole from boss

Padraic Quinn has paid back €3,000 of the €7,786 he stole
Padraic Quinn has paid back €3,000 of the €7,786 he stole

A worker at a cheque-cashing shop stole more than €7,000 from his employer to fund a gambling addiction, a court heard.

Padraic Quinn (34) has been told by a judge to pay full compensation before sentencing and warned he is facing jail.

Quinn pleaded guilty to more than 20 theft and fraud offences.

The offences included theft of money and fraudulent use of cheques, and happened at his workplace in Dublin as well as at Bank of Ireland, Ballsbridge in 2009 and 2010.

The case had been before the courts since 2013 and Judge Patricia McNamara said the defendant had been given time to come up with compensation.

The total loss was €7,786 and the accused had €3,000 in compensation in court, his solicitor Tony Collier said.

Quinn, of The Courtyard, Diswellstown Road, Clonsilla, had dealt with his addiction and he was now "doing well in all aspects of his life".

"The fact that he has been able to put together such a significant amount of money is an indication of that," Mr Collier said.

He explained that Quinn had taken up another work contract and was in a stable relationship.

Judge McNamara noted the amount of time the case had been before the court and said Quinn had paid no other compensation until now.

Compensation

The accused was in a "much better position now than he had been" to pay the victim back, Mr Collier said.

"He wants to put his best foot forward and complete the compensation," he said.

"It will affect sentencing if 100pc of compensation is paid as opposed to less than 50pc," Judge McNamara said.

She granted a short adjournment "to see how much he has got together ... because he is certainly facing a custodial sentence".

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