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Mum-of-two stole €8k to pay her bills

A MIDDLE-AGED mother of two who stole more than €8,000 from her employer to pay her bills has been remanded in custody, pending sentencing at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Pauline Doyle (57), of Treesdale, Mount Merrion, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of a credit card and three counts of theft of cash from her former employer, AB Mauri Ltd in Stillorgan, on dates in May and June, 2011.

Doyle, who worked as a personal assistant at the firm, has three previous convictions for forgery and larceny from 2001.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring told her: "Businesses small and large have struggled to survive and every penny counts. The court cannot overlook the loss to the company – when money is lost, jobs are put in jeopardy," she said. The judge said that Doyle taking 15 years to repay, at €10 per week, was absurd.


She remanded Doyle in custody until July and ordered a probation report. Doyle faces a maximum sentence of 10 years.

Gda Paul Kelly told Ronan Kennedy BL, prosecuting, the company had ordered a credit card, to be delivered to the Stillorgan office. It failed to arrive and enquiries were made.

It was found that €8,597.81 had been used on the card. There were 13 ATM withdrawals in Stillorgan for the maximum daily allowance of €650 with a cash advance fee of €11.37 each.

Patrick Reynolds BL, defending, said Doyle had spent the money on bills and college fees.

As a young woman, she had emigrated to the UK where she had two daughters who she raised alone. She returned to Ireland in 1996. Doyle's elder daughter died in 2001, and it was around that time that she forged cheques leading to her previous convictions. Mr Reynolds handed in a psychiatric report that outlined she was "a middle-aged woman who has lost everything".