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Case struck out Ex-shop manager who burgled store after losing his job avoids criminal record

Gerard Doherty (27) still had the keys when he went back and took €6,500 from the safe

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Gerard Doherty

Gerard Doherty

Gerard Doherty

A FORMER assistant shop manager who returned to the store and burgled it after losing his job has been spared a criminal record.

Gerard Doherty (27) still had the keys when he went back and took €6,500 from the safe in a "moment of madness".

The case against him was struck out at Dublin District Court after Judge John Brennan found the facts proved.

Doherty, from Donegal but with an address at Glengariff Parade, Phibsborough, had pleaded guilty to burglary.

The court heard Doherty left his job at Spar, Malahide Road, Artane, in early 2020 due to the Covid-19 crisis. He retained a set of keys when he left the job and still had the deactivation code for the alarm.

At around 12.53am on April 9 last year Doherty entered the shop and gained access to a back room, where he stole the previous day's takings from the safe.

He was seen on CCTV and when his home was searched, €5,500 that remained of the stolen money was recovered.

Doherty went to gardaí voluntarily, made full admissions, paid €2,000 in compensation and wrote a letter of apology.

He had no previous convictions and "did not even have a parking ticket", his solicitor said. Doherty had been struggling financially and was behind in his rent at the time.

He did not realise he still had the shop keys, came across them and carried out the offence in a "moment of madness" and "serious lack of judgment", his solicitor said.

He had intended repaying the money when his Covid payment came in.

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