Wednesday 20 November 2019

Garda and former GAA player accused of ATM scam to face another charge

Andrew Phelan

By Andrew Phelan

A Dublin Garda and former GAA player who is accused of taking part in an ATM scam is facing another charge, a court has heard

Garda Brendan Phillips (34), who is alleged to have taken €450 in fraudulent bank machine withdrawals, had the case against him adjourned at Dublin District Court.

The accused, originally from Sligo but with an address in Clonsilla, has already pleaded not guilty to three deception charges and two counts of attempted deception in connection with ATM withdrawals in March and April 2013.

The former Sligo inter-county Gaelic footballer is facing a two-day trial which will involve CCTV evidence as well as 25 prosecution witnesses.

A State Solicitor asked for the case to be mentioned before the trial date as there is one more charge to be proffered.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned it to a date next week, when the additional charge will be brought. The trial at the non-jury court will take place later this month.

At a previous hearing, Det Superintendent John Keane said it was alleged that during the incidents in Dublin the defendant used his bank card to withdraw €170. He said the requested amount was dispensed in full and consisted of three €50 notes and a €20 note.

Det Supt Keane had said it was alleged the notes were “manipulated” and €150 was taken out while the remaining €20 was left in the machine's dispensing tray.

“The machine is programmed to automatically retract that money into the retracting tray,” he had said.

“At that time the machine was unable to identify how much money was taken back into the machine. It is flagged as an extraordinary transaction and the full value is refunded to the account,” Det Supt Keane had said.

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