Tuesday 20 August 2019

Former Specsavers worker still paying for gambling addiction

A FORMER Specsavers employee, who stole nearly €12,000 from the Wexford opticians franchise, did so to feed a chronic gambling problem, Wexford District Court heard on Monday.

Colin Philips, Flat 2, 9 Lower George Street, admitted to spending 'a couple of hundred euro' in a bookies office during his lunch hour, which led to him stealing from his employer.

A previous court on October 4 had heard how the defendant had taken nightsafe takings from the business over a three-month period in 2009, and was paying the company back €50 a week. On Monday this week, Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla heard how the defendant had not yet made full restitution, as he 'doesn't have the power to pay it at the moment'.

The total amount taken over eight or nine weeks was €11,795. Cheques he had taken were returned uncashed. The defendant, who has no previous convictions, has just found a new job, the court was told.

The injured party in the case sought that the defendant would increase his weekly payback from €50. It was agreed that the defendant would now pay €500 per month to Specsavers. The case was adjourned until April 4.

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