Wicklow woman avoids jail after pleading guilty to theft

Gareth Farrell of East Coast FM reports a Wicklow credit controller who stole over 20-thousand Euro from her employer because she was “overwhelmed” by money troubles has avoided jail.

52-year-old Jacinta Dixon, a mother of two, from The Oaks, in Keatingstown, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal to five sample charges of theft from Chadwicks in Sallynoggin on dates between February and November 2013.

Judge Martin Nolan sentenced Jacinta Dixon to three years in prison which he suspended in full as he said it would be “unjust” to jail her. He said she had decided to improve her domestic situation by stealing small amounts of money from her employer over an extended period of time.

Dixon had been working with Chadwicks in Sallynoggin for 19 years when it was noticed there was a reoccurring delay in that day’s taking being lodged at end of business.

Dixon finally admitted she’d been deliberately delaying the lodgment to allow her to pocket small amounts of cash to pay her own bills, before making up the difference in the next day’s takings.

Judge Nolan accepted that Dixon had expressed remorse and taken out a loan to repay what she’d stolen, but said she had breached the trust of her employer.

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