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Hospital cafe boss stole €12k from till

A FORMER cafe manager who stole more than €12,000 from his employer has been given a suspended sentence and ordered to perform 220 hours community service.

John Cleary (31) took the money after falling into bank, credit union and lifestyle debt.

Cleary, of Riversdale House, Glasnevin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of theft from the Jelly Bean Cafe at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin on dates between April and June 2011.



Judge Mary Ellen Ring noted that Cleary had been living a law-abiding lifestyle until 2011 when he began to live beyond his means and used his employer's money to assist him.

Judge Ring imposed a two-year sentence which she suspended in full and ordered him to perform 220 hours community service within the next year.

Garda Aidan Shaughnessy told the court that the area manager would periodically carry out spot checks and during a check on June 30, 2011 he discovered a shortfall.

Cleary was unable to account for the discrepancy.

A full audit was carried out for the previous six months and a total shortfall of €12,492 was discovered.

Cleary admitted taking money to pay for rent, bills, clothes and going out. He said he had let himself get into a lot of debt and had done a "foolish and stupid thing."

Cleary was interviewed by gardai and made full admissions as well as describing his bank and credit union debt.

Garda Shaughnessy agreed with David Staunton, defending, that Cleary was very candid with gardai and had been living beyond his means.

He agreed that Cleary was being pursued by the financial institutions in relation to his loans and at the moment was paying back €5 per week to his credit union. He has also taken advice from the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS).