Friday 6 December 2019

Gambler grabbed cash from bookies after losing his bet

Jamie O’Rourke was given a nine-month jail sentence
Jamie O’Rourke was given a nine-month jail sentence

A gambler who "took issue" over a losing bet in a bookies jumped the counter and snatched €340 in cash before running off, a court has heard.

Jamie O'Rourke (24) stole the money while a staff member was printing off a document to prove his bet had lost.

He was addicted to prescription pills and "highly intoxicated" at the time.

Judge Paula Murphy jailed him for seven months.

Father-of-one O'Rourke, of St Cronan's Way, Swords, pleaded guilty to theft.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at BoyleSports on Main Street, Swords, last June 1.

Det Gda Colin McKiernan said the accused went to the store and placed a bet at around 8.40pm.

He returned at 9.01pm to ask about the bet and was met by a staff member. He had lost the bet and got into a discussion with her about it.

She was printing documents to prove it was a losing bet and when she turned around she saw he had jumped the counter and was grabbing cash from a drawer.


She shouted at him and he fled from the shop, but was later identified from CCTV.

The stolen money was not recovered.

Separately, O'Rourke admitted stealing razor blades worth €44 from SuperValu, the Pavil- ions, Swords, on April 23, and a €25 bottle of vodka from Lidl, Rathbeale Road, Swords, on May 17.

O'Rourke had previous convictions for robbery and theft.

The accused was struggling with an addiction to prescription tablets and was highly intoxicated at the time of the thefts, his solicitor Michael French said.

This behaviour manifested itself in the betting shop, he said.

There was no compensation in court.

"The incident in BoyleSports must have been very distressing for all concerned," Judge Murphy said.

She noted the accused had been offending on a "monthly basis" and said a community sanction was not appropriate.

She gave him a nine-month sentence, with two suspended and backdated it to June.

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