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Rugby ace stole €4k to enjoy high life

A NEW Zealander who plays rugby for a Donnybrook club escaped going to jail after he stole cash from a man who gave him a job.

Tyrone Taiepa of Isaac's Hostel, Store Street, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing cash totalling €959 from Magners Pharmacy in Edenmore Shopping Centre on January 12, 2009 and February 2, 2009.

The 33-year-old, who plays for Bective Rangers FC, admitted he succumbed to temptation to steal the money and used it to fund holidays, clothes and nights out drinking despite saying he did not really need the money.

Garda Matthew Donnellan told Cormac Quinn, prosecuting, that Taiepa was playing rugby with Suttonian Rugby Club at the time of the offence in 2009 when he was introduced to Philip Magner, owner of the pharmacy.

Mr Magner offered him a job working in the pharmacy and made him responsible for making cash lodgements to AIB Bank in Raheny.

In March 2009, Mr Magner became aware of discrepancies as a number of lodgements were missing, totalling €4,766.

Mr Magner reported the incident to gardai on April 21, 2009 and the accused admitted to taking two lodgement envelopes with €422 and €537 in cash in them.

Mr Magner then gave the accused several days to come up with the cash. Taiepa was suspended from work as a result of the accusation and admitted the offence.

He paid back over €3,900 and offered a further €800 in cash in court.


The rugby player, who has played in New Zealand at provincial level, arrived in Ireland in 2006 to play rugby with Suttonians and now plays for Bective Rangers.

Gerardine Small, said her client is a "model player" and was invited to join Bective Rangers in August 2009 in a paid capacity.

Judge Patrick McCartan said the defendant had a "complete disregard for the man who gave him a job" but decided to give him a chance and applied the Probation Act.