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Men stole €8,000 while working as charity barmen at Marlay Park concert, court hears

The court heard that one of the men fell into the hands of loan sharks while gambling in the UK.

TWO MEN STOLE over €8,000 in cash while working as charity barmen at a music festival in Marlay Park last year, a Dublin court has heard.

The 25-year-old stole €5,275 in cash, while a 22-year-old stole €3,370 while they were working behind the bar for Workers Beer Company, a charity organisation that raises funds at music festivals.

Wads of cash were found in their pockets, shoes and their car after they were observed by gardaí to be pocketing money while working behind the bar instead of putting it in the charity bucket, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

Both men pleaded guilty to one count of theft at Marlay Park on 8 July 2016. They will be sentenced on 14 June.

The court heard that one of the men fell into the hands of loan sharks while gambling in the UK.

As a result, the pair undertook the “clumsy, naïve and desperate” attempt of taking the cash to try and raise some of the money owed, which amounted to £8,000 (€9,345), defence counsel said.

Garda Ciaran McCoyne told Fergal Foley BL, prosecuting, that the men were observed pocketing the cash and when arrested that evening, one had €4,145 on his person and another €1,130 in his car.

The younger man had €1,860 in cash on his person and €1,500 in his car.

Both men made immediate admissions when interviewed by gardaí. They have no previous convictions.

Paid back gambling debts

Mark Lynam BL, defending, said his client had had to give up his job, which he worked hard at third level to achieve. He had since started working again, “but not in his chosen field”.

Mr Lynam said his client was extremely remorseful for his behaviour. “He acknowledges he has a flaw in his character which caused him to behave recklessly,” he said.

It was a clumsy, naïve and desperate attempt to get the money which was destined to fail.

The defendant has since attended Gambling Anonymous and paid back his debts legitimately with the help of his family.

Keith Spencer BL, defending, submitted the younger man took the cash with the sole aim of helping. He said the man had suffered within his community for what he has done. His future career was also in jeopardy, he added.

“This will essentially set his degree and education at naught,” he said. “The fall-out from this will be untold.”

Judge Cormac Quinn remanded the pair on bail for sentencing in June.

This article was updated on 21 May 2024 on foot of a request under the Data Protection Act 2018.

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