A 26 year old Clondalkin man has avoided jail after stealing money from his own bank account.
In April 2014 Conor McKee of Meile an Ri View in Balgaddy noticed almost €8, 000 was in his bank account.
It had been lodged there by mistake and he knew it wasn’t his but he went on to spend it on food, drink and trips away with his partner.
The cash had been lodged by means of a forged cheque made payable to him but gardai were satisfied he had nothing to do with the lodgement.
McKee pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing a total €7, 939.35 from Bank of Ireland in three different locations on April 24, 2014. He has 22 previous convictions include 21 for road traffic offences.
Judge Melanie Greally noted the money was something that fell into his lap and was an unusual form of theft,
But she said it was dishonest and the accused exploited the error.
He was sentenced to 240 hours of community service.
He also transferred €500 by way of mitigation.