Monday 19 February 2018

Woman's story over stolen €20k 'cock and bull', says judge

A WOMAN'S claim that €20,000 of €53,668 she stole from her employer was mistaken for rubbish and thrown out has been described as "cock and bull" by a judge.

Mother-of-two Martina Cronin (40), of Parc Na Sillogue Court, Enniskerry, pleaded guilty to stealing the money from Harvey Norman, Carrickmines Retail Park, between February 1, 2011 and February 29, 2012.

Counsel for Cronin said that her son may have thrown out €20,000 while he was cleaning her room, having mistaken it for rubbish.

Judge Patrick McCartan said the explanation was "cock and bull". "I don't accept that for a minute. He is the first 15-year-old boy I've heard of who doesn't know the difference between money and rubbish," said the judge.

Garda Colm Gleeson told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that Cronin paid back €10,000 before she was interviewed by gardai.

Judge McCartan adjourned sentencing until October and remanded Cronin on continuing bail.

"At this stage, I expect there to be very realistic proposals before this court for the discharge and repayment of the balance of the monies," he said.

Irish Independent

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News