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Coach who stole €10k from Bohs youth team jailed

A YOUTH team manager with Bohemians Football Club has been jailed for six years for defrauding the club out of €10,000 and possessing cocaine worth €1m.

Mark Touhey (28) stole deposits paid by the youth team for a trip to Spain, money raised by the teams by packing shopping bags and money raised for the club by a race night.

He also stole the club subscription fees paid by the team's parents for their membership. The court heard he partly agreed to hold the cocaine to raise funds to pay back the money stolen from Bohemians.

Judge Martin Nolan noted it was Touhey's gambling addiction which created "the thirst for money" that caused him to steal from the club.

Touhey of Cedar Grove, Clonsilla, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to five counts of theft totalling €9,750 from Bohemians FC between August 1, 2008, and December 31, 2008.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of €949,550 worth of cocaine for sale or supply at Woodvale Drive, Clonsilla, on November 5, 2009.

Gardai began investigating and spoke to Touhey in April 2009 when he made full admissions. He said he had gambled away nearly all of the money as soon as he got it and had intended to pay it back.

Defence counsel Mr Patrick Marrinan said his client had been fully co-operative with gardai. He submitted Touhey had been "manipulated by people a lot wiser than him" and asked the judge for "some degree of mercy" to allow him to rehabilitate himself.