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Employee stole more than €3,000 from shop

A SHOP assistant who stole more than €3,000 from his employers over the course of three days has been given a three-month suspended sentence.

Prabhot Singh (27) took the money while he was working at a garage in south Dublin.

Judge David McHugh suspended the sentence at Blanchardstown District Court.

Singh, with an address at Henley Park, Churchtown, pleaded guilty to a series of thefts from Esso, Naas Road, Rathcoole on dates between September 19 and 21, 2009.

The amounts taken ranged from €80 to €900 and some of the thefts happened within hours of each other while Singh was on duty.

The charges are all under Section 4 of the Theft and Fraud Act and the DPP consented to the case being dealt with in the District Court on a guilty plea.

The case had been adjourned several times and the accused had now paid full compensation to the shop owners and had not come to the attention of the gardai since.

He had no previous convictions of any kind.

Judge McHugh said the level of responsibility Singh had in the shop was the key issue in the case.

Because the defendant had not been at managerial level, the judge said he would suspend the sentence of a year.