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Bogdan Niculae

Bogdan Niculae

Bogdan Niculae

A RESTAURANT worker who tried to use a stolen credit card to pay for online gambling has been spared jail.

Bogdan Niculae (36) made three attempts to use the card on a poker website after it was given to him by a friend, Dublin District Court heard.

Judge Michael Walsh ordered him to complete 200 hours of community service to avoid an eight-month prison sentence.

Father-of-four Niculae, of College Heights, Dundalk, Co Louth, pleaded guilty to att- empted theft on January 10, 2017.

Garda Sergeant Gail Smith said Niculae, a co-accused and the victim had worked in the same Dublin city centre restaurant.

Gardaí took a report in relation to a number of credit cards being stolen.

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The co-accused gave Niculae a card and he tried to use it online but failed, Sgt Smith said.

Niculae had no previous convictions, was from Romania and had been living in Ireland for a number of years, his solicitor Brian Doherty said.

He was given the number of the card by a friend and tried to use it online on a gambling website.

There were three attempts to use it and all failed.

Niculae was "part of" what happened, but he did not benefit from it, Mr Doherty said.

Another person was allegedly involved, and Niculae had "gained nothing", he added.

Judge Walsh said it was a serious matter that was at the "upper end of the scale" and warranted a custodial sentence, but he noted that the victim had been saved the trauma of coming to court as a result of Niculae's guilty plea.

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This, the judge said, had "some value".

The accused was assessed for community service and found to be suitable.

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