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Thursday 21 September 2017

Thief used master key to repeatedly steal from golf club

Christopher Tormey
Christopher Tormey

An aviation industry professional who used a master key to carry out a series of thefts at Howth Golf Club has been remanded on bail pending sentence.

Christopher Tormey (26), of The Casino, Malahide, admitted nine counts of burglary at the club between December 2015 and April last year.

However, he could not offer any explanation for the thefts, Dublin District Court was told.

Warrant

Garda Marie Geraghty said when she stopped Tormey outside the golf club he was carrying items that had been locked in the changing room.

"He [had] a master key for all the lockers," she said.

He was arrested and brought to Raheny Garda Station where he admitted the thefts.

Gda Geraghty obtained a warrant and searched his home where a number of stolen items were seized. Stolen items were also found in the BMW car he had driven to the golf club.

Gda Geraghty later received reports of another eight thefts from the golf club over a number of months.

She agreed with Chris ­H­orrigan, defending, that Tormey had admitted everything and had not come to further garda attention.

Mr Horrigan said Tormey, who had an unblemished character prior to the thefts, had a clear understanding of the disgrace he had brought on himself.

Mr Horrigan said his client was very sorry and had been unable to offer any explanation for his actions.

The court heard that around the time of the thefts, his partner had a miscarriage and two of his friends had committed suicide.

He had since moved out of the area.

Probation

Judge Anthony Halpin said if there had been just one incident the court could have dealt with the case by way of a charitable donation.

However, he was not prepared to go down that route because the thefts happened over a period of time which was an aggravating factor.

He adjourned sentencing until next month for a probation report to be prepared.

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