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Tiger kidnap victim who gambled AIB's money awaits fate

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Glen Walsh

Glen Walsh

Glen Walsh

A TIGER kidnapping victim whose theft from his employer, AIB, came to light when the bank shut down because of the robbery, has been remanded on bail pending sentence.

Teller Glen Walsh (27) stole almost €500,000 from AIB at Crumlin Cross over a period of six months by handing out cash to his co-accused, David Vickery (27), who then used it to place bets.

The pair would then use their winnings to repay the bank, but after bets were lost during the 2010 World Cup there was an ultimate shortfall of €40,000.

Det Gda Michael McGrath said Walsh and another colleague were the victims of a tiger kidnapping in June 2010.

A gun was put to the other man's head while Walsh was forced to go to the bank and take out €210,000. The AIB branch was shut down that same day because of the raid and an immediate audit was carried out that led to the discovery of Walsh's theft.

The court heard Walsh had a cheque for €20,000 to reimburse the bank on the day of the tiger raid, but he could not lodge it as the bank was shut down. He has since repaid the full €40,000.

Det Gda McGrath agreed with Patrick McGrath, defending, that gardai are completely satisfied that Walsh had no part in the tiger kidnapping.

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Walsh, of Kilakee Grove, Firhouse, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to theft of €40,000 from AIB Crumlin Cross West between January 1 and June 2010.

Vickery, of Sycamore Drive, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing €10,000 in stolen money at Boylesports, Terenure, on January 15, 2010 and Paddy Power, Belgard Road, on April 6, 2010.

Det Gda McGrath told Michael O'Higgins, prosecuting, that Walsh was a teller at the AIB in Crumlin when the audit revealed inconsistencies in lodgements through both paper and internet transactions.

Gardai were contacted and both men made full admissions.

Walsh left for Australia shortly after his interview and was brought back this June on an extradition warrant.

Det Gda McGrath agreed with Jonathan Kilfeather, defending Vickery, that he has expressed genuine remorse.

Mr McGrath told Judge Patricia Ryan his client is currently assisting in his local community and helps his parents to care for a disabled younger sibling.

Mr Kilfeather said Vickery was a gifted soccer player. He and Walsh had been friends from the age of 12.

Judge Ryan adjourned sentencing to February 23.

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