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Thursday 22 August 2019

Burger restaurant manager accused of stealing €1,000

Eduards Babinjans has yet to enter a plea to the charges
Eduards Babinjans has yet to enter a plea to the charges

A burger restaurant manager stole more than €1,000 in cash from his workplace over the course of three days, it is alleged.

Eduards Babinjans (32) appeared in court charged with stealing the money in incidents last year.

Judge Gerard Jones adjourned the case against him at Blanchardstown District Court.

Stole

Mr Babinjans, of The Maltings, Dublin 8, is charged with three counts of theft.

The charges allege that he stole the money from Gourmet Burger in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Clondalkin, on three successive days during 2018.

He is accused of stealing €26.80 on May 22, €61.88 the next day and €920 the day after that.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Judge Jones the DPP was consenting to the case being dealt with summarily at district court level.

Outlining the prosecution's case, she said the accused was manager at Gourmet Burger at the time the alleged offences took place.

It was alleged he stole money on three occasions. The total amount of cash allegedly stolen was €1,008.

Judge Jones accepted jurisdiction, meaning the case can be dealt with in the district court instead of being sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has greater potential sentencing powers.

He made an order for disclosure of prosecution documents to the defence following an application by Mr Babinjans's solicitor, John Wood.

The judge granted free legal aid after a statement of the accused's financial means was submitted to the court.

Plea

The accused was not required to address the court during the brief hearing and has not yet entered a plea.

Judge Jones remanded Mr Babinjans on continuing bail to appear in court again on a date in September, when he will be expected to indicate how he intends to plead to the charges against him.

The charges are under Section 4 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

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