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Monday 5 December 2016

Shop assistant stole cash for lotto tickets

A SHOP assistant who breached the trust of her employer when she stole cash from the newsagents she worked at on two separate occasions has been convicted and fined at Swords District Court.

Andrea Bunce (44) does not know why she stole a total of €443 from the Balbriggan newsagents, the court heard.

Bunce, of The Parade, Kelly's Bay in Skerries, pleaded guilty to the theft of €305 in cash on May 30, 2013, from Castle News & Toys at Castlemills Shopping Centre.

She was further alleged to have stolen €138 in cash from the same shop on May 31, 2013.

Garda Nicholas Duane told the court that a number of customers paid for goods from the shop, such as cigarettes and Lottery tickets, and Bunce took the payments for the items but never rang the amounts into the cash register.

"The shop owner never saw the benefit of these sales," said Gda Duane.

He said Bunce has no previous convictions and has not come to garda attention since.

Bunce's solicitor said the married mother-of-two is "putting her hands up".

illness

"She has found the whole arrest and court procedures quite distressing," the solicitor said, explaining that Bunce has a depressive illness which may have had something to do with the thefts.

"She does not know why she did it," the solicitor said, adding that Bunce is not working.

"She wants to take her punishment," the solicitor added.

Judge Dermot Dempsey said the offences are "very serious when you are put in a position of trust".

After he heard that compensation to the full amount of €443.90 that Bunce had stolen has been repaid to the victim, Judge Bunce €100 for the first Section 4 theft charge and took the second theft charge into consideration.

He fixed recognisances in the event of an appeal.

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