Sunday 18 February 2018

Brothers stole from charity bar

Appeared in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today. Stock photo: PA
Appeared in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today. Stock photo: PA

Isabel Hayes

A London financier and his university student brother stole over €8,000 in cash while working as charity barmen at a music festival in Marlay Park last year, a Dublin court has heard.

John McGinley (25) stole €5,275 in cash, while his younger brother Conal McGinley (22) stole €3,370 while they were working behind the bar for Workers Beer Company, a charity organisation that raises funds at music festivals.

Wads of cash were found in their pockets, shoes and their car after they were observed by gardaí pocketing money while working behind the bar, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard.

Both brothers, with an address at Naughan, Belturbet, Co Cavan, pleaded guilty to one count of theft at Marlay Park on July 8, 2016. They will be sentenced on June 14.

The court heard John McGinley, who held a good job at a financial firm in London, fell into the hands of loan sharks while gambling in the UK.

As a result, the brothers undertook the "clumsy and desperate" attempt of taking the cash to raise some of the money owed, which amounted to €8,000, defence counsel said.

Garda Ciaran McCoyne told the court the men were seen pocketing the cash on the first day of the three-day music festival. When arrested, John McGinley had €4,145 on his person and another €1,130 in his car. Conal McGinley had €1,860 in cash on his person and €1,500 in his car.

Both men made immediate admission when interviewed. They have no previous convictions.

Irish Independent

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