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Saturday 18 August 2018

Worker wanted €10k from boss 'for her silence'

A 30-YEAR-OLD woman has been remanded on bail pending sentence after she pleaded guilty to blackmailing her former boss in a bid to extort €10,000.

Polish mother-of-one Joanna Bochajewska, with an address at Weavers Court, Clondalkin, Dublin, pleaded guilty to extortion. She demanded money with menaces from her former employer in a serviced apartment accommodation firm, at their premises in Dublin city-centre on April 10 last year.

Dublin District Court heard that she was a housekeeper and had been due to return to work in August 2013, after her maternity leave had ended.

However, Judge Michael Walsh was told she went to the offices in April that year and demanded that her employer fire her, which would mean "she would receive social welfare straight away".

Her employer informed her that was illegal and the company would not consent to that.

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The court heard she produced an envelope and asked her boss for €10,000 "for my silence", at which the meeting ended.

Judge Walsh was told that the contents of the envelope were unknown.

Her lawyer said that her client admitted that she dealt with matters in a most inappropriate way. She had been working in the business for seven years.

She had split from her partner and had no support, the court also heard.

Judge Walsh noted that she had pleaded guilty and is now unemployed. He said that on account of Bochajewska's circumstances it would be unfair to record a conviction but he ruled that she must pay €200 to charity.

He adjourned the case for four weeks and said that money must be donated before her next hearing.

Otherwise, he warned her, he will record a conviction and impose a €750 fine, which would have to be paid within four months.

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