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Sunday 20 August 2017

IT worker went stealing after losses at casino

A GERMAN IT worker who came to Ireland to start a new life after he was divorced ended up "blowing" his savings in days in Dublin casinos and took to stealing, a court heard.

Holger Poykio (43), a "highly-educated" gambling addict, was caught trying to sell a stolen bike on the internet, Dublin District Court heard.

When arrested, he also had a laptop he had taken from a man in a hostel. Both victims were also German nationals.

Judge Anthony Halpin left him without convictions when he admitted theft charges.

Poykio, with an address at Paddy's Place, Lower Gardiner Street, pleaded guilty to stealing a laptop worth €800 at a hostel in Abbey Street on September 4. He also admitted stealing a bicycle in Nassau Street two days later.

The court heard the owner saw his bike for sale online and contacted the gardai.

He arranged to meet the seller at North Earl Street and was accompanied by a garda who arrested Poykio.

He admitted taking the bike as well as a laptop that was in his possession.

The court heard the bicycle had not been locked and the victim had left it outside a business premises while he called in to collect his girlfriend.

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The laptop had been taken from another man while the accused was staying in a hostel.

Defence solicitor Stephen O'Mahony said "ironically enough" both victims turned out also to be German nationals.

Poykio was a highly-educated IT worker who had come to Ireland six weeks earlier.

He was from Germany, had been living with his wife in Finland and came here "to start afresh" after they had divorced.

The accused had €5,000 saved to start his new life, but "blew that" in casinos in the course of a few days of arriving.

He had also been depressed and was drinking quite heavily.

"He was left with literally nothing," Mr O'Mahony said.

"No one wins in gambling," Judge Halpin said. "The only people who win are the bookies."

Poykio was now attending Gamblers Anonymous and was actively seeking work. As an IT professional he was "in the right place to look for a job", Mr O'Mahony said.

"He hopes he can be left without a bad start to his career here," he continued. "He sees his immediate future in this country."

Judge Halpin dismissed the charges under the Probation of Offenders Act.

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