Saturday 18 November 2017

Ex-cleaner used keycard to steal €1k of cigarettes

Sinead Brien had a dispute with the cleaning company
Sinead Brien had a dispute with the cleaning company

A former cleaner has admitted stealing more than €1,000 worth of cigarettes in a factory burglary.

Sinead Brien (44) let herself into the building where she used to work with a swipe card and took 22 boxes of cigarettes. They were later found when her home was searched.

A court heard she had had a dispute with the cleaning company that had employed her when she stole the cigarettes.

Judge Grainne O'Neill adjourned the case and said she would leave Brien without a conviction if she made a €350 donation to charity.

Brien pleaded guilty to stealing €1,049 worth of Silk Cut cigarettes after entering Japan Tobacco International at Riverwalk, Citywest Business Campus, last October 20.

Sgt Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court that Brien had cleaned the premises before and still had access with the swipe card.

She was identified on CCTV. After the cigarettes were found in her home she made full admissions and co-operated with the investigation.

Brien, of Drumcairn Green, Tallaght, was apologetic. She had tried to return the cigarettes, but when she went back to the building her card no longer worked.


She had six years of "exemplary service" with the cleaning company before the incident.

Brien suffered from bipolar disorder and was "on a high" at the time, her lawyer said.

He added that the circumstances of the case were "very unfortunate". Judge O'Neill said she was taking account of the fact that the property had been recovered undamaged.

She told Brien she would apply the Probation Act if the charity contribution was made.

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