Barman stole €2,500 from till and then told gardai he was robbed at knifepoint
A BARMAN claimed he had been robbed at knifepoint while cashing up late one night, when he had in fact helped to steal €2,500 in cash from a till.
Andrew Quinlan (22) was involved with a second unidentified individual in stealing the money.
Judge David McHugh adjourned sentencing to April and ordered Quinlan to complete 100 hours of voluntary work and repay the money he owes.
Quinlan, of Priory Way, St Raphael's Manor, Celbridge, Co Kildare, had admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to stealing €2,500 at Celbridge Manor Hotel on June 2, 2014.
Sgt Mary Doherty said Quinlan had been working in the hotel and on the date in question he reported to gardai that he had been robbed.
Sgt Doherty said he told gardai that he had been cashing up on his own in the bar area when a man came in the back door.
He claimed the individual was carrying a kitchen knife and he held the blade to his neck and demanded money.
Sgt Doherty said there was €2,500 in the till and Quinlan said he handed the money to the intruder.
The court heard gardai viewed CCTV footage and Quinlan's story "varied" from what the camera had captured.
Sgt Doherty said gardai spoke to Quinlan, who admitted he had been involved in the theft.
The court heard that €1,000 has been returned to the hotel.
Sgt Doherty said gardai spent a week investigating the robbery before Quinlan admitted his part in it.
The court heard Quinlan had never been in trouble before.
Judge McHugh said the theft was "quite a web of deceit".
Defence solicitor Barry Powderly described the incident as "hare-brained", adding that it was "in no way a professional job".
He said Quinlan, a talented musician, had a difficulty with cannabis at the time. He also said he had been in financial difficulty.