April 16, 2024

A chef who admitted dealing with stolen money after his boss had arrange a sting operation has acquired 100 hours group service.

Marcus Cullen appeared earlier than Donegal Circuit Courtroom charged with dealing with the stolen money.

Cullen, 37, admitted dealing with the 2 €50 notes, on the Blue Leak Restaurant on Predominant Avenue in Bundoran on July 18th, 2019.

The one cost was introduced beneath the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

The background to the case was given by Garda Sergeant Stewart Doyle earlier than Decide John Aylmer.

The courtroom heard that the proprietor of the restaurant had suspected that money was going lacking from the restaurant.

In a bid to substantiate his suspicions, the proprietor marked numerous €50 notes with a small ‘x’ after which took photos of the serial numbers on the notes.

On July 18th, the proprietor observed that two €50 notes had been lacking and requested employees to empty their pockets.

When the notes had been discovered on Cullen of East Rock, Ballyshannon, he mentioned the cash was his and he denied taking the money.

Cullen then demanded that Gardai be known as.

The chef was then arrested and interviewed however denied any data of stealing the cash.

The courtroom was advised by Sergeant Doyle that Cullen has 9 earlier convictions however all of them relate to 1 incident of forgery and theft from the Division of Social Safety.

The case towards Cullen concerned claims that he was solely working two days every week when he was really working the total week and claiming advantages additionally.

He acquired a suspended sentence and his barrister Peter Nolan mentioned the entire cash had been repaid.

Mr Nolan mentioned his shopper was a hard-working man who had labored in numerous totally different eating places whereas additionally caring for his sister who suffered from psychological well being points and in addition the son of a good friend who’s bi-polar.

He mentioned Cullen’s perspective was that the notes in his pocket had been the notes concerned however that he didn’t take them and he doesn’t know the way they obtained there.

He mentioned he had been working for this Polish gentleman for a while however that after this incident he misplaced his group which was no shock.

Nevertheless, he’s recognised as a superb employee to the extent that his former boss’s accomplice needs him to work for her in one other restaurant.

Mr Nolan additionally revealed that whereas he had earlier points with medicine and alcohol, this was now longer the case.

He pointed to the probation report on Cullen which said that he accepts the gravity of the cost, however was courteous and was at a average threat of reoffending.

Mr Nolan requested Decide John Aylmer to be as lenient as attainable saying Cullen had saved the courtroom a number of time.

Passing sentence, Decide Aylmer confused that the cost earlier than the courtroom was one in all dealing with the stolen money however that it can’t be established if Cullen was concerned within the stealing of the money.

Though he now has earlier convictions, on the time of this offence he didn’t and so the Decide mentioned the matter was on the decrease finish of the size of such offences meriting a sentence of six months in jail earlier than mitigation.

Decide Aylmer additionally remarked that it was the courtroom’s view that the problem might have been handled summarily – within the district courtroom.

In mitigation, Cullen had no earlier convictions on the time, sorted his sick sister and was additionally a hard-working particular person.

Taking all that under consideration, Decide Aylmer mentioned that in the entire circumstances he would impose a sentence of 100 hours group service in lieu of 5 months in jail.

Nevertheless, he warned “However he higher not come earlier than me once more.”

‘X’ marks the spot as chef caught dealing with stolen €50 notes from restaurant was final modified: March twentieth, 2024 by Workers Author