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Two men who stole nearly €18,000 by manipulating the roulette table and interfering with the fruit machine in the casino where they worked have received suspended sentences.

Tayab Kourtishe (47) and Jagjeet Singh (41) were caught on CCTV interfering with the machines, which included tricking the roulette table by removing the glass cover and placing a ball on a number before playing the machine.

This fooled the mechanism into treating it as a win.

Garda Brian McCormack told Antonia Boyle, prosecuting, that the method they used to steal from the fruit machine involved a third person who is not yet before the court.

This person loaded a large number of €50 notes into the machine before pressing a “pay out” button.

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15/10/20  Tayab Kourtishe (47) of Donomore Avenue, Killinarden, Tallaght, Dublin 24 leaving Court in Dublin.Pic Collins Courts.

15/10/20 Tayab Kourtishe (47) of Donomore Avenue, Killinarden, Tallaght, Dublin 24 leaving Court in Dublin.Pic Collins Courts.

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15/10/20 Tayab Kourtishe (47) of Donomore Avenue, Killinarden, Tallaght, Dublin 24 leaving Court in Dublin.Pic Collins Courts.

This generated a ticket allowing the person to cash it in to redeem the money they had just put into the machines.

Kourtishe was caught on CCTV footage unlocking the machine with a key he had stolen from the office and withdrawing all the cash the third person had just put into the machine.

Singh then came along and cleared all the transactions from the machine, which effectively wiped the statistics on it and removed all records of the input of the €50 notes.

Kourtishe, of Donomore Avenue, Killinarden, Tallaght, and Singh, of New Seskin Court, Whitestown Way, also Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sample charges of theft from Expo Casino in The Square, Tallaght, on dates in September 2017.

Neither man has previous convictions and both had money in court to make full recompense.

Gda McCormack said Kourtishe had stolen €8,895 from the fruit machines by manipulating the roulette table, while Singh stole a total of €8,988 from the fruit machines.

Judge Pauline Codd noted that Singh was the manager of the casino and stole the cash while the owner was on a month’s leave.

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15/10/20  Jagjeet Singh (41) New Seskin Court, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Dublin 24 leaving Court in Dublin.
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15/10/20 Jagjeet Singh (41) New Seskin Court, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Dublin 24 leaving Court in Dublin. Pic Collins Courts.

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15/10/20 Jagjeet Singh (41) New Seskin Court, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Dublin 24 leaving Court in Dublin. Pic Collins Courts.

She accepted that he has made full restitution and had a gambling addiction at the time, but noted his behaviour represented a “breach of trust”.

Judge Codd accepted from various testimonials before the court that the offences were “out of character” for Singh and that he has since “sought to address his gambling addiction”.

Judge Codd said Kourtishe had taken keys from the office, which enabled him to steal from the fruit machine.

She said he was “culpable in terms of his breach of trust”, but again acknowledged that he has made full recompense for the theft.

Both men were sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison, which were suspended in full on strict conditions.

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