Monday 26 September 2016

Off-licence worker denies theft of €3,000 from till

Andrew Phelan

Published 29/01/2016 | 07:48

Aleksanders Vedernikovs
Aleksanders Vedernikovs

A SALES assistant at an off-licence has denied stealing more than €3,000 from the till.

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Aleksanders Vedernikovs (35) is alleged to have taken cash sums on 20 separate occasions over a six-week period.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case against him for hearing on a later date.

Mr Vedernikovs, of Rochfort Green, Baker’s Walk, Kilcock, Co Kildare, is pleading not guilty to stealing money on 20 dates between December 2, 2014, and January 17, 2015.

The thefts, of sums ranging from €17 to €484, are alleged to have happened at the Arc Bar Off Licence, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, where he worked at the time.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the defendant had been employed there for a number of years and between the dates in question, money went missing from the till.

CCTV was viewed and it was alleged that for some cash transactions, money was not put in the till while in others, only partial payment was made to the till, Sgt Mary Doherty said.

The total alleged to have been taken was in excess of €3,000.

Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction to the deal with the case.

This means it can be heard at district court level instead of being sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

On his first court date, the accused represented himself legally.

Aid

Subsequently, a solicitor was appointed on free legal aid after the court heard the accused was now working only part time.

His solicitor told Judge McHugh Mr Vedernikovs, who is originally from Latvia, was pleading not guilty.

The defendant was remanded on continuing bail. The case is due to take a day to hear.

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