Sunday 25 September 2016

Barman stole €2,500 from till and told gardai he had been robbed at knifepoint

Eimear Cotter

Published 06/08/2016 | 17:31

Andrew Quinlan leaving Blanchardstown District Court
Andrew Quinlan leaving Blanchardstown District Court

This is the barman who stole €2,500 from a till and then told gardai that he had been robbed at knifepoint.

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Andrew Quinlan (22) claimed he was cashing up at night when he was threatened and forced to hand over the money.

So far he has repaid €2,000 of the cash that he stole.

Judge David McHugh had given Quinlan an opportunity to avoid a conviction by completing 100 hours' voluntary work and repaying the money he owes.

When the matter came before Blanchardstown District Court for sentencing, defence solicitor Barry Powderly said Quinlan was "making progress".

Quinlan had €1,000 in court, which added to a previous payment of €1,000 meant he still owed €500. He also said Quinlan was doing voluntary work with his local Tidy Towns Committee, but this work was "slow".

Mr Powderly said Quinlan, a talented musician, had a problem with cannabis at the time of the incident, but is now clean and providing clean urine samples.

However, the defendant did not have any proof of his clean urines in court because he "didn't have the time" to get them, said Mr Powderly.

Judge McHugh adjourned the matter to a date in November for finalisation, and said the remainder of the cash must be in court on that date.

The judge said he also wanted proof that Quinlan was drug free.

The defendant, with an address at Priory Way, St Raphael's Manor, Celbridge, Co Kildare, had previously admitted stealing €2,500 at Celbridge Manor Hotel on June 2, 2014.

Sergeant Mary Doherty previously said Quinlan had been working in the hotel and he reported to gardai that he had been robbed.

Sgt Doherty said Quinlan claimed he had been cashing up in the bar when a man came in the back door.

Quinlan said the man was carrying a kitchen knife and he held the blade to his neck and demanded money.

Quinlan claimed he handed the money to the intruder.

Sgt Doherty said gardai spent a week investigating the theft before Quinlan admitted his part in it. The court heard that gardai viewed CCTV footage, and Quinlan's story "varied" to what the CCTV showed.

The defendant has no previous convictions.

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