Saturday 24 March 2018

Cleaner who stole four blank cheques 'betrayed trust of employers'

Cleaner ordered to pay compensation

A CLEANER who betrayed the trust of her employer after she stole four blank cheques has been ordered to come up with compensation otherwise she will face a custodial sentence.

Linda Murphy cashed one of the cheques for €320. However, she made no attempt to cash the other three cheques, Balbriggan District Court heard.

Murphy (42) of Cardy Rock Court in Balbriggan pleaded guilty to the theft of four blank cheques from her employers Jack and Terry Maloney of Skerries Road, Balbriggan on dates between February 1st, 2013 and August 23rd, 2013.

Sergeant Mark Buckley told the court that Murphy had made three voluntary statements to gardai and made full admissions.

Murphy's solicitor said the mother-of-three was employed as a cleaner at the house of the Maloney's.

The solicitor said Murphy had been living in rented accommodation but after the rent was increased she became homeless but has now acquired accommodation in Balbriggan.

She has also taken her three-year-old grandchild into her own care and is going through a divorce.

'She is most apologetic and the charges have taken their toll on her,' the solicitor said. 'She understands it is an absolute betrayal of trust. She is on social welfare now and although her difficult circumstances don't excuse what she did, it paints a fuller picture.'

After Judge Dermot Dempsey enquired whether the defendant has any compensation to give to the Maloneys for the €320 she stole, he was informed that Murphy is 'anxious to pay compensation' but due to her difficult circumstances, she doesn't have any money today.

'Why hasn't she made any steps to even put by €5 a week since she admitted the offences?,' questioned Judge Dempsey, adding that the Maloneys are the ones out of pocket.

'That's who I have to look after. And here she is in here telling me how difficult things are. How difficult is it for her employers she betrayed. They let her into their house and she stole from them. 'They shouldn't have to wait any longer to be compensated.'

Judge Dempsey has given the defendant until June to come up with the required compensation, otherwise, he said, 'she is facing a custodial sentence.'

'She is not out of the woods when she pays the money. I don't want any excuses and I am proceeding regardless with the case.'

He remanded Murphy on continuing bail until June 26th when she will appear before the court again.

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