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Weirs worker stole €20k

A DUBLIN man who embezzled almost €20,000 from Weirs Jewellers where he worked as a manager has been given a three year suspended sentence.

Paul Flood (36) of Cardy Rock Crescent, Balbriggan pleaded guilty to nine sample counts of stealing a total of €19,332 from the Grafton Street shop between April 2010 and September 2012. He has no previous convictions.

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court Judge Martin Nolan accepted evidence from psychological reports that Flood had been diagnosed as being bi-polar and having acute depression and that this inspired his criminal behaviour. A senior employee, who had worked with Weirs for 38 years, gave Flood the money to fully reimburse the company. That man was also in court to support Flood who has agreed to pay this man back in instalments.

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