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Castle chef and porter deny Guinness theft

A JUDGE has deferred a decision in the case of a hotel chef and porter accused of stealing 176 pints of Guinness in two kegs from the bar storeroom while they were at work.

Chef Mindaugas Klevinskas (25) and porter Aurimas Pilkis (30) are both charged with the theft of two kegs of beer that went missing from the Clontarf Castle hotel.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case until next week at the conclusion of the non-jury trial at Dublin District Court.

Klevinskas, of Bathe Abbey, Duleek, Co Meath, and Pilkis, of Ellis House, Smithfield, both deny the charges.



They maintain other staff took the drink and claim one colleague was nicknamed 'Room Service' because of his tendency to take leftover alcohol from rooms after guests checked out.

The theft of the kegs is alleged to have happened on April 4, 2012.

The hotel's general manager, Mark Long, told Dublin District Court that the store room was under lock and key and an internal investigation was begun when it was realised that the two kegs, with a combined value of €845, were missing.

He believed the stolen kegs were taken out with the rubbish.

Barman Danius Barnauskas said he was working on the night and the keg room was locked when he went to it.

Cross-examined by solicitor Edward Flynn, for Klevinskas, he said he could not remember if he locked the room when he left it.

Lawyers for both men argued that the case had not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Mr Flynn said both defendants had lost the jobs as a result of the charges against them.