Tuesday 21 January 2020

Manager stole €217,000 from cinema to fund his gambling

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The general manager of a Dublin cinema stole more than €200,000 from his employer and "whittled" it away, mainly on gambling, a court has heard.

John Connolly (38) admitted the thefts when confronted and told gardaí he was drinking heavily at the time and suffering mental health issues. He said he thought he could take the money and put it back.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Connolly was gambling mainly on the Lotto and at one stage was one number away from winning €250,000. The total theft amounted to €217,203.

Connolly, of Carnlough Road, Cabra West, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to theft of sums of cash from IMC Cinema, Omni Park, Santry, on dates between April 2016 and July 2018.

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Judge Karen O'Connor adjourned sentencing and remanded Connolly on continuing bail until February 28 to allow psychiatric and probation reports to be prepared.

Irish Independent

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