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Devon Robertson lost his job after stealing €600 from a client

Devon Robertson lost his job after stealing €600 from a client

Devon Robertson lost his job after stealing €600 from a client

A WORKMAN who stole €600 from a client's home while windows were being fitted had "succumbed to temptation" when he took it.

Devon Robertson (29) was in a "desperate place" and "everything got on top of him" when he saw the cash, a court heard.

Judge Gerard Jones struck the case out, leaving him without a criminal record after he donated €300 to charity.

The father-of-two of River Lawns, Abbeyfarm, Celbridge, Co Kildare pleaded guilty to theft at River View, Abbeyfarm, Celbridge.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the victim went to Leixlip garda station in June, 2019 and said €600 had gone missing from her house between May 20 and May 22.

The accused had been carrying out work in her house for a window-fitting company.

The manager asked Robertson about the missing money and he made admissions.

He also made full admissions to the gardaí and paid the money back "almost immediately," the court heard Robertson had no previous convictions.

A number of people had been working in the house with Robertson and the prosecution might have had difficulty in pinpointing who was responsible, his solicitor Simon Fleming said.

The court heard Robertson was in a "desperate place" at the time, having run out of money.

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It was claimed "everything got on top of him" and he succumbed in a "very foolish act".

"He saw the money and took it, he succumbed to temptation," Mr Fleming said.

The accused lost his job as a result of what happened and the sum was paid back to the victim.

Robertson was born in South Africa but had lived in Ireland for most of his life, Mr Fleming said.

A conviction would have "dire consequences" for his future, Mr Fleming said.

Judge Jones said he had a lot of sympathy for the accused and struck the case out.

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