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Sunday 8 December 2019

3Arena barman stole €880 from till to repay drugs debt

Barman Paul Wylie stole €880 after ‘incidents of intimidation’
Barman Paul Wylie stole €880 after ‘incidents of intimidation’

A barman at Dublin's 3Arena stole cash from his till over two months when he came under pressure to repay a debt.

Paul Wylie (31) stole a total of €880 from his employers in eight separate thefts.

Dublin District Court heard he was being intimidated to repay a debt that arose after he agreed to hold drugs for someone.

Judge John Hughes adjourned the case for a probation report and payment of compensation.

Wylie, of Dolphin House in the south inner city, pleaded guilty.

Garda Seamus Donoghue told the court Wylie took cash in various amounts from the till and put it in his pocket on dates between November 19, 2018, and January 24, 2019.

On the last occasion, he was seen by another member of staff and gardai were called.

Pressure

Wylie made full admissions when questioned by gardai. He lost his job "there and then".

The court heard the accused had been working at the arena on a zero-hour contract, when there was an event.

At the time of the offences, he had become involved in a drugs debt and he came under pressure to pay it back, his barrister Miska Hanahoe said.

The debt arose from holding drugs rather than using them.

There were incidents of intimidation, his windows had been put in, and he made "poor choices".

The thefts showed a "lack of sophistication" to take money "from your own till and put it in your pocket", Ms Hanahoe said.

Wylie had already paid most of the compensation.

Ms Hanahoe asked the judge to adjourn the case for a probation report, to let the accused prove his drug-free status.

Wylie was remanded on continuing bail until a date next month.

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