Wednesday 21 February 2018

Events worker cleared of €7k eye cream theft at Shelbourne Hotel

The Shelbourne Hotel
The Shelbourne Hotel

Andrew Phelan

AN events worker has been cleared of stealing more than €7,000 worth of eye cream from the Shelbourne Hotel.

Liam Rainsford (54) had been accused of taking two boxes containing 240 bottles of the cream while he was packing up furniture from an event at the hotel.

However, Judge Bryan Smyth dismissed the case after his defence argued that the prosecution had not proven who was the owner of the cream.

Mr Rainsford, of Cremore Heights, Glasnevin, had pleaded not guilty to theft at the Shelbourne Hotel, St Stephen's Green, last January 19.

Dublin District Court heard the eye cream had been left on a table in the hotel's Great Room while Mr Rainsford and another man were packing up from a previous event.

Security manager Eamonn Kelly said CCTV showed the two boxes being put in a loading cage by the two workers.

Philip Daly, from Total Events, which Mr Rainsford was working for, said he got a phone call about the missing stock and contacted Mr Rainsford, who said they had taken the boxes.

Mr Daly said he told him to return them to the Shelbourne as soon as possible.

Defence barrister John Griffin said the goods were taken in error to the warehouse and returned the following day.

He said Mr Rainsford had told Mr Daly they were taken but it was not an admission that they were stolen.

Mr Daly said Mr Rainsford never said they were in the warehouse.

The court heard Mr Rainsford told gardai in interview that the first time he noticed the boxes had been loaded in error was when they were unloaded.

Mr Griffin said there had been no evidence of who owned the boxes.

The judge said there was a defect in the prosecution's case and dismissed it.

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