A FORMER employee of a restaurant in Castletroy has been given until the end of the year to repay almost €12,500 which she admitted stealing.
Law graduate Rebecca Corbett, aged 30, of Hillside, Ferndale pleaded guilty to stealing the cash from Delish restaurant on dates between February 5, 2014 and April 30, 2014.
Sergeant John Moloney said a file was prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions who consented to the matter being heard before the district court.
After being informed that almost €9,500 in compensation has been raised to date, Judge Marian O’Leary adjourned the case to December.
Limerick District Court was told the defendant, who has no previous convictions, was observed on CCTV committing the offences and that she made admissions when arrested by investigating gardai.
Solicitor John Herbert said his client emigrated to Australia in 2011 after she graduated and was enjoying a successful career there.
However, she returned home in September 2012 when her mother became unwell after a relative died.
He said Ms Corbett’s mother had accrued large debts and that she secured employment at Delish as she had worked there previously before emigrating and was friendly with the owners.
Judge Marian O’Leary was told the defendant subsequently began “pilfering money” from the cash register at the restaurant in an attempt to clear her mother’s debts.
“It was insignificant amounts at the beginning but increased in size and in frequency,” said Mr Herbert who said his client’s sister was also in financial difficulty around the same time.
The court was told that since committing the offences, Ms Corbett has “sold almost everything she has” and that she has been saving €50 per week from her social welfare in the hope of paying back the money.
“She intends repaying all of the money,” said Mr Herbert who described the situation as an unholy mess.
“This has just destroyed many aspects of her life, it’s a crazy situation,” he added confirming that he is in possession of around €9,500 which has been raised by his client.
Noting this and the defendant’s guilty plea Judge O’Leary adjourned the case until December 9, next to facilitate the payment of full compensation.