Monday 20 January 2020

Barman who drank most of hotel takings gets suspended sentence

Declan Brennan

A BARMAN who told gardai that he drank most of the €20,000 he stole from his boss has been given a suspended sentence.

Brendan Drury (43) of Plaza Crescent, Swords, Dublin lodged the nightly takings from the Hawthorn Hotel bar into his own bank account for over a year.

The Donegal native pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to five charges of stealing cash from the Hawthorn Hotel, Main Street, Swords on dates between March 24, 2010 and May 01, 2011.

The total amount stolen was €18,182.

Judge Patricia Ryan imposed a four year sentence which she suspended in full for three years.

She said the court accepted that the money had been repaid and gave liberty to re-enter the case if there was any problem.

Detective Sergeant Ken Keelan told Ronan Kennedy BL, prosecuting, that Peter Smith, the owner of the Hawthorn Hotel, noticed a shortfall in takings which began around February 2010.

The detective said that the thefts were not particularly sophisticated. The dates of the shortfalls matched the dates that Drury had been responsible for lodging the nightly takings.

Mr Kennedy said that Drury had being employed for the previous seven years and that Mr Smith was very disappointed at the breach of trust.

During the garda investigation Drury and his co-workers were under suspicion and Drury confessed to gardai saying: “I can’t put the other lads through this”.

He said that he drank most of the money he took but that he was also trying to help a relative out of some financial difficulty.

Det Sgt Keelan said that Drury has no previous convictions and has not come to garda attention before or since these thefts.

He also told gardai that he had gotten himself into a hole and lost control after he got away with the first theft. He said he’d do anything to make up for his “sick stupid mistake”.

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