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Guilty plea DPD worker stole electrical goods worth nearly €2,000 from parcels at distribution centre

Defence barrister Annette Kealy said the defendant moved to Ireland a year ago under the Family Reunification Programme.

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Flori Mandungu at Balbriggan District Court

Flori Mandungu at Balbriggan District Court

Flori Mandungu at Balbriggan District Court

A DPD worker who stole nearly €2,000 worth of electrical gadgets from parcels at his workplace claimed he was tempted to do so because he grew up as a street child in Congo and “never had any items of value in his life.”

Flori Mandungu (30) stole the items in what a judge described as “a despicable act and breach of trust” while working on the night shift at the courier distribution centre.

The items - which included an iPhone 11, Apple Watch, a Microsoft surface pad and Wai ear buds - had a total value of €1,864, Balbriggan District Court heard.

The defendant was working with DPD Distribution Centre in Naul, Co Dublin and he along with a second male were being held by staff there following the discovery of the items in their backpacks.

Gardai arrived and the defendant’s backpack was searched and the items - which also included two Sony Xperia smart phones - were found.

The defendant, of Goldenridge Close in Rush, Co Dublin pleaded guilty to the theft of the items from DPD Distribution Centre at Sallow Wood View in Naul on December 15, 2020.

Defence barrister Annette Kealy said the defendant moved to Ireland a year ago under the Family Reunification Programme.

“His parents came here when he was 12 and he remained in Congo where he was a street child,” said Ms Kealy.

“He was used to living a squalor life and taking things to survive. And when he got here he was lucky to get a job but he did this. He never had any items of value in his life and he was tempted to do this,” explained Ms Kealy.

Ms Kealy said the defendant lost his job as a result of the thefts.

“It was a despicable act and he is deeply ashamed and sorry and bitterly regrets his actions,” she added.

Judge Dermot Dempsey remarked the thefts were “a despicable act and a breach of trust.”

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The judge ordered a Probation Report to see if the defendant is suitable to undertake community service work in lieu of a prison sentence.

“If there are any issues with the report, it’s custody he is facing,” the judge warned and adjourned the case for finalisation in July.

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