An Arklow man who stole almost €70,000 from his employer to spend on prescription medication for his drug addicted ex-girlfriend has received a three-year suspended sentence.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Jonathan Hynes (of Sea Road, Arklow) has refunded Zurich Life Assurance plc €30,000, and that he used all the stolen money to pay for his ex-girlfriend’s drug habit and hospital bills.
Michael Bowman SC, defending, said his client’s theft was a “desperate act driven by emotion rather than greed,” according to Independent.ie.
Judge Martin Nolan commented that Hynes’s “motivation in some sense could be seen as noble” and added: “If there was a less noble motive for the theft then the result would have been different.”
Judge Nolan suspended the sentence for three years and ordered that Hynes repay the remaining €40,000 within that time. He also accepted that this was a crime of desperation and said it would be unjust to imprison Hynes.
Hynes pleaded guilty to stealing amounts between €1,000 and €7,000 from Zurich Life Assurance plc (Blackrock) between January 29 and December 21, 2015. He has no previous convictions.
Detective Garda Colm Gregan told John Fitzgerald BL, prosecuting, that Hynes’ role at the company had been to pay doctor services used in insurance claims. Hynes instead transferred the funds into his own bank, and Gardaí began an investigation when discrepancies were noticed in the company accounts.
The detective added that Hynes had not “profited a red cent” from the thefts.