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Gambler's parents pay price of his theft

A GAMBLER who stole €4,000 from his boss has been told by a judge that he must never gamble again as his family is now paying for his addiction.

A court had heard that Kevin O'Callaghan's parents were forced to remortgage their house to help out their son over his five-figure gambling debts.

The 22-year-old father-of-two said he is attending Gamblers Anonymous (GA) and is getting help for his addiction.

Judge Clare Leonard ordered O'Callaghan to enter into a six month probation bond, on condition he avoids gambling and receives counselling.

O'Callaghan's former boss must look at his accounting procedures, after it emerged the defendant, who was only 21 at the time of the offence, had access to a safe, said the judge.

O'Callaghan, of Ashlawn Park in Ballybrack, previously admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to stealing €4,000 at Centra, Central Park, Leopardstown on August 22 last year.

Garda Sergeant Mary Diskin said O'Callaghan took the money, some €4,000, from the safe in the store. The money has not been recovered.