Sunday 20 January 2019

Hurling star's theft of €60,000 a 'huge betrayal'

David Glennon arriving at court
David Glennon arriving at court

Caroline Crawford

A director of a family-run business which was the victim of theft by a former Galway hurling star has said the betrayal was exacerbated by his failure to apologise for two-and-a-half years.

David Glennon will be sentenced in May for the theft of €60,000 from his former employer which he used to fund his gambling addiction.

Glennon (26) from Loughrea, appeared at Galway Circuit Criminal Court for sentencing after he had pleaded guilty to seven sample charges of theft from J&C Kenny Wine Distributors between December 1, 2012 and July 8, 2015.

The court heard Mr Glennon spent the money on bookies, online gambling and virtual racing.

The thefts, which totalled €60,750, happened when Glennon took over the account of a colleague while they were on holiday and had been noticed on their return.

A victim impact statement was read by Aoife Kenny, a director in the company who said the thefts had been a "huge betrayal" of the family and employees who had stood by Glennon through his past struggle with addiction.

It was exacerbated by Glennon taking two-and-a-half years to apologise for actions which could have put them out of business.

Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case until May 10 to allow a probation report be carried out.

Irish Independent

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