Monday 23 October 2017

Dublin man who stole over €300,000 to fund luxury lifestyle loses appeal against four-year sentence

Brian Kavanagh

A Dublin man who stole over €300,000 from his employer to fund a lifestyle of luxury cars and foreign holidays has failed in an appeal against his four-year sentence.

In March 2012 David Cullen (34), with a last address at Tyrconnell Road Inchicore, was jailed for four years by Judge Martin Nolan, having pleaded guilty to four sample counts relating to the theft of sums totalling €302,000 from Irish Life & Permanent between October 2005 and September 2008.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard evidence that Cullen had taken the money to buy foreign holidays, attend rugby games, purchase a BMW and lodge money in to his own personal account.

Cullen committed the offences while he was administering accounts belonging to charities and where he had to process monies payable in respect of corporate entertainment and sporting events.

Mr Justice Nial Fennelly, presiding at the Court of Criminal Appeal, said the court would dismiss the application as it was satisfied there was no error in principle in the four-year sentence imposed.

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