Store manager stole thousands of bis ‘after landlords twice forced him to open up about his non-verbal daughter’s behavior’


A manager who stole thousands of euros from the shop he worked in has been given a suspended sentence.

Alavan Samy, 42, stole the money over a nine-month period that ended when another employee reported a problem with a product he had generated false refunds for in order to take the money.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Samy found himself in a precarious financial position after landlords twice forced him to move over complaints about his non-verbal daughter.

Samy of Slade Castle, Saggart pleaded guilty to three counts of theft at Quinn’s Centra, Poppintree, Ballymun on dates between 26th September 2019 and 4th June 2020. He has no criminal record.

In delivering the verdict, Judge Elma Sheahan said she considered that Samy was the sole breadwinner for his wife and child.

The judge also found that the business in question had since been sold and that the €4,000 saved by Samy could not be paid out to the former business owners. She ordered that this money be donated to the Simon Community.

Judge Sheahan sentenced Samy to twenty months in prison, but suspended the sentence entirely under strict conditions. She also asked him to pay an additional €1,000 to the Simon Community over the next 18 months.

Detective Garda Stephen Donnelly told prosecutors Karl Moran BL that Samy began stealing from the business in September 2019 after becoming a manager. He made fake refunds at the register, allowing him to take cash up to four times a week.

Det Gda Donnelly said the breach came to light in June 2020 when another employee reported a problem with stock levels of a particular product. There were no sales for this product, but seven refunds were recorded for it this week.

Samy admitted his theft to the operations manager when this discrepancy came to light, and later fully admitted to Gardaí. He told Gardaí that he had financial problems and also mentioned that he had a problem with gambling.

The total amount stolen over the nine months was €9,349.78.

Det Gda Donnelly agreed with Andrew King BL and defended that his client almost immediately acknowledged his responsibility and did not attempt to flee the premises. He agreed that Samy had saved €4,000 which is available to the company.

The detective agreed with the attorney that his client has a young daughter who is nonverbal. He agreed that Samy was pressured into moving away by the landlords due to complaints about his daughter’s screaming and that there was no indication anything unusual was going on, but that she simply wasn’t able to communicate.

Mr King said his client is the main financier of his daughter and partner. He said his client is in financial difficulties and in a precarious position because he has had to move twice after being asked to do so by previous landlords.

The lawyer said his client continued to work and was now employed as a baker. Store manager stole thousands of bis ‘after landlords twice forced him to open up about his non-verbal daughter’s behavior’

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