Student who stole almost €7,000 avoids prison term
13th January 2022
A university student who stole nearly €7,000 from his newsagent employer to help pay for his Masters course in Dispute Resolution has received 120 hours of community service.
Eoram Dobnam De Lima, 26, was told by a judge he ‘is going to have to put his best foot forward on all fronts’ in future after regularly voiding transactions while working on the till in a Centra store, before taking that amount in cash at the end of his shift.
De Lima, with an address in Newport Street, Dublin, pleaded guilty to three counts of stealing property from Centra in Charlemont Street between November 1, 2019 and January 15, 2020. He has no previous convictions.© Provided by Extra.ie Eoram Dobnam De Lima, 26, stole nearly €7,000 from his newsagent employer to help pay for his Masters course in Dispute Resolution. Pic: Collins Courts
He stole a total of €6,936 in cash over 742 voided transactions, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard.
At a previous sentencing hearing in March 2021, Gerardine Small BL, defending, said De Lima was extremely remorseful and wished to pay the money back, but his passport has been surrendered as part of his bail conditions and he cannot renew his work visa.
Ms Small agreed with Judge Melanie Greally that De Lima is still studying and is still financing his masters course. She said her client was currently on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.© Provided by Extra.ie De Lima, with an address in Newport Street, Dublin, pleaded guilty to three counts of stealing property from Centra in Charlemont Street between November 1, 2019 and January 15, 2020. Pic: Shutterstock
Judge Greally said: ‘He may not be in a position to enjoy the benefits of that education as a result of this offence.’
The judge adjourned the matter to get a number of reports and to allow De Lima to save money as restitution for his employer.
Judge Greally said: ‘Mr De Lima is going to have to put his best foot forward on all fronts if he is to avoid some element of custody on the next occasion.’© Provided by Extra.ie Eoram Dobnam De Lima stole a total of €6,936 in cash over 742 voided transactions, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard. Pic: Collins Courts
On Wednesday, Ms Small confirmed that her client had made full restitution to the injured party.
The judge said that given the fact De Lima has repaid his former employer and has engaged with restorative justice, she would temper the amount of hours of community service she imposed.
She ordered that De Lima complete 120 hours of community service in lieu of 18 months imprisonment.
At the previous sentencing hearing, Garda Tao Yu told Derek Cooney BL, prosecuting, the owner of the store, Robert O’Leary, was alerted to irregularities in voided transactions by a till security system.© Provided by Extra.ie De Lima has no previous convictions. Pic: Shutterstock
He and the shop manager matched the time of the transactions with CCTV footage, where De Lima could be seen carrying out the voided transactions and making notes.
When confronted by his managers, De Lima immediately confessed to taking the money.