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Theft charges Tradesman stole nearly €2k from company by 'running up' building supplies bill

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said building supplies worth €1,930 were bought and put on the account of a heating and plumbing company without permission at Chadwicks, Lucan.

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Keith Coyle of Coill Dubh, Naas, Co Kildare, pleaded guilty to theft on dates last December.

Keith Coyle of Coill Dubh, Naas, Co Kildare, pleaded guilty to theft on dates last December.

Keith Coyle of Coill Dubh, Naas, Co Kildare, pleaded guilty to theft on dates last December.

A TRADESMAN stole nearly €2,000 from a plumbing company by running up bills on the firm's account after claiming he had not been paid for work he had done.

Keith Coyle (45) bought building supplies at a hardware outlet in seven thefts, a court heard.

Coyle, of Coill Dubh, Naas, Co Kildare, pleaded guilty to theft on dates last December.

Judge Gerard Jones adjourned the case for a probation report and payment of compensation.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said building supplies worth €1,930 were bought and put on the account of a heating and plumbing company without permission at Chadwicks, Lucan.

Defence solicitor Kelly Breen said the accused was in the construction business and had undertaken some work on behalf of the firm.

The accused claimed it had not paid him and he ran up the bills on its account "because he found himself at a financial loss".

He accepted he was not entitled to do this, Ms Breen said.

Coyle had been through a traumatic time and was out of work because of the lockdowns and ill health, the solicitor added.

Separately, a large amount of tools worth €2,000 had been stolen from him and that "set him back".

The judge said Coyle struck him as a "decent man" who got involved "in this carry on".

"He has a choice - in that door, which leads to Mountjoy, or pay the money back and I will treat you fairly," Judge Jones said.

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