A GAMBLING and drink problem was put forward in court last week as the reason why a Carlow man defrauded his employers of more than €20,000 seven years ago.
Before Wexford Circuit Court was 54-yearold David Coughlan, of 80 The Willows, Carlow, who pleaded guilty to six offences committed during his time as an operations manager for AirCon Engineering Ltd in Enniscorthy.
Two of the offences involved company cash totalling €7,000 while the other four involved cheques that amounted to €13,910. All offences were committed between April and July in 2005.
Detective Garda Martin Brauders told the court that Coughlan had entered the 'guilty' pleas when previously before the court in July. The matter was then adjourned for the preparation of a Probation and Welfare report. Det. Brauders told the court that the sums involved related to six different projects undertaken by AirCon Engineering at that time.
Defence Counsel, James Browne, B.L., said that Coughlan is a married man with a family, who is sorry for what he has done. He said Coughlan had a gambling and drink problem which went out of control.
Judge Hickson said he would adjourn sentencing to June next on condition that the defendant gathers €10,000 compensation to go towards the money involved.