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Courier lost his job after stealing 50 iPad minis

A COURIER who stole 50 Apple iPad minis worth more than €14,000 from his former employer had money problems at the time, a court heard.

Uldis Skuburs(40) had been a trusted employee for a decade but he lost his job immediately after the theft was uncovered.

Judge David McHugh imposed a five-month sentence.

The defendant, of Village Square Apartments, Tallaght, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to stealing 50 Apple iPad minis worth €14,522.

The theft took place at Nightline, Jamestown Road, Finglas, last March 31.

Gda John Harrington said the theft of 50 iPad minis was reported to gardai last April 2. He said CCTV footage was viewed which showed Skuburs taking the iPads.

Gda Harrington said the company's security manager went to the defendant's home where he found the tablets. The court heard Skuburs had never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said Skuburs is originally from Latvia but has lived in Ireland for 17 years.

She said Skuburs had worked for the courier company for 10 years and was a trusted employee but lost his job after this incident.

The solicitor said the crime was opportunistic, and Skuburs was extremely remorseful about what he had done.

Ms Brennan said the defendant was in financial difficulties at the time.

She also said that Skuburs took the iPads, brought them home and then left them there.

The defendant immediately appealed the sentence.