Hurler who stole €70,000 to fund gambling avoids jail after 'mystery donor' pays debt
A hurler who stole an estimated €70,000 from his former employers to fund a gambling addiction has been given 240 hours of community service in lieu of seven concurrent two-year prison sentences.
Galway star David Glennon (27), from Gurtymadden, Loughrea, pleaded guilty this time last year to seven sample charges involving the theft of various amounts of cash, totalling €40,460, from J&C Kenny Wine Distributors, Galway, on various dates between November 1, 2014 and July 8, 2015.
The facts in a further 16 similar charges were admitted, bringing the total amount involved to an estimated €70,000.
Prosecuting barrister Geri Silke told the court that a mystery donor had repaid €65,000 on Glennon's behalf to the family-run Galway company and a further €5,000 had also been repaid to the victims on his behalf.
Judge Rory McCabe noted that Glennon had apologised for his actions and had repaid the money. He said the report indicated Glennon posed a low risk of re-offending and was remorseful.