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'I stole from my boss as I wasn't being paid enough' -- masseuse

A sports masseuse said she started stealing money from her employer as she was annoyed about the pay she was receiving for the number of hours she was working.

Ni Ketut Artini (33) took nearly €1,000 from her Dun Laoghaire employer over a three-month period last year, a court heard.

The accused said she was working 60 to 70 hours a week at the time, was stressed out, and had failed to resolve wage difficulties with her employer.

She lost her job after the thefts were revealed.

A judge said she would leave the defendant without a conviction after she brought €1,000 compensation to court.

Artini, with addresses at Elgin Road, Ballsbridge and Holyrood Park, Sallymount, Dublin 4, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to eight counts of theft.

The incidents took place at Crunch Fitness Gym, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire on dates between October 23, 2008 and January 4, 2009.

The defendant took small sums of money, ranging from €15 to €200 over the three-month period. The total amount stolen was €939, which Artini had in court.

Sergeant Peadar McCann said Artini was employed as a sports massage therapist in the gym, which mostly operated a voucher payment system for the treatments she provided.

However, gym members also gave cash to Artini to buy the vouchers, and she siphoned off some of this money.

Defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy said Artini is a separated woman with one daughter, who lives with her grandparents in Bali.

Artini has lived in Ireland for six years, and worked with the gym for four years.

Mr Dunphy said that at the time of this incident, Artini had issues with her employer as she was working 60 to 70 hours a week and wasn't happy with her wages.

The court heard Artini took matters into her own hands and started "cutting corners" as she felt her wage concerns were not addressed the way they should have been.

Mr Dunphy said Artini is not working at present, as her work permit only allows her to work with this particular gym, and she lost her job after her wrongdoing was revealed.

The judge applied the probation act.