A Letterkenny man who was caught stealing from his employer has been jailed for 21 months.Alan Moore, of Lurgybrack, had pleaded not guilty to ten counts of taking cash from Castle Interiors in the Courtyard Shopping Centre. However, after a five day trial, the 56-year-old was found guilty of the charges and was released on bail to be sentenced yesterday at Letterkenny Circuit Court.Judge John Aylmer said the systematic nature of the thefts could not be ignored.He also pointed to the fact that Moore had tried to claim he was targeted by his employer to stop him paying a redundancy payment as the shop was closing which he said was not the case.He added that Moore had frustrated the investigation by giving false explanations when various charges were put to him during interview.Judge Aylmer said he placed the offences in the mid-range and that each charge merited a prison sentence of two years.However, because Moore had no previous convictions and had previously enjoyed a long history of employment and had a low risk of reoffending, he reduced the sentence to one of 21 months with all to run concurrently.The trial has heard that Moore’s company installed a specialist CCTV system to catch a suspected thief after their accountant noticed their business was not performing as well as it should be.Castle Interiors, a painting and decorating supply company had noticed their books were not tallying over a period of time.They installed a new surveillance camera system and observed one employee who was caught red-handed dipping in and out of the till.The court heard how the owner of the shop, Rossa McCosker, had been informed by his accountant that there had been an unexplained shrinkage in stock.The accountant also said the shop was not performing as it should be.Employee Alan Moore, aged 54, had been reprimanded on a number of occasions for leaving the till open.An older surveillance system which had to be played back by staff was then replaced but Moore had not been told of this.When the new ‘live’ surveillance system was put in place, a member of staff in the company’s Ballyshannon office monitored the activity in the shop.Between 22nd November, 2013 and December 2nd, 2013, the employee made a contemporaneous note of everything that happened in the shop while watching the live CCTV stream.She had noted when to ring in some items into the till put money in or took money out.The jury was shown footage of ten specific incidents when More took cash out of the till and put it into his pockets.The court was told that a total of €794 had not been rung into the till and that €780 in cash had been taken from the till.Because the items were not being rung into the till there was no excess of cash in the till to be lodged at the bank.When approached about the incidents Moore became very angry and later claimed that Mr McCosker had wanted to close the shop and did not want to pay out redundancy money.She was strongly denied and the court was reminded that the Government paid 60% of redundancy payouts in any case.Detective Garda Paul Lynch gave evidence of interviewing Moore after he was arrested.He admitted that he had operated a haphazard system for operating the till for a number of years but this had been tolerated by management.In his victim impact statement, owner Mr McCosker said he operated a number of businesses and after this, he had found it difficult to trust employees.“I am less able to trust individuals and am watchful and needy and I feel more vulnerable to fraud,” he said.The court was told that Moore was now a 56-year-old married man with two sons and had no issues with drugs, drink or gambling.Letterkenny man who stole from employer is jailed for 21 months was last modified: May 13th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Alan MooreCstle INteriorsjailedletterkennytheft
Donegal County Council were left baffled this week when a surfboard-like object was removed from water to a Donegal beach. It was big too, appearing to measure roughly six foot in length. The unusual discovery was made by volunteers of the Irish Coast Guard on Wednesday (September 11) from the beach in Ballyheirnan, Fanad.The object, which has since been identified as a wave glider, is described as having a full-length solar panel on its upper side and what appears to be a recording unit housed in a plastic casing.The council are keen to return the item to its owner as they might be keen to retrieve any information stored in the unit. Donegal County Council said: “We need your help!!“We are trying to find the owners of this unusual object which was removed from the beach in Ballyheirnan, Fanad on September 11 by volunteers from the Irish Coast Guard.”If this is your wave glider or you know who it belongs to, you can contact 074 91 53900.Mystery object is a wave glider but who owns it? was last modified: September 18th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Today we are working on tiling. We have about 15 acres to finish up and an outlet we need to put in. We have 62 acres of that field planted and the beans are up and looking good and we are trying to get the rest finished up and planted.We finished sidedressing last night with our unique nitrogen things we are trying. We did some straight anhydrous, we applied some with a lower rate where we will come back with Y-DROPs and we also did some straight 28% Y-DROPs. We got all of that on and then we got some really nice, easy rains to work that 28% into the soil. We’re thankful for that.This week we had seven tenths at the farm. I got an inch at my house. It was a nice rain. We have good soil moisture but we really need to keep getting these rains every week. There are parts of the county that are still pretty dry. The whole county could use another good drink. The crops are looking good but we are going to need those rains.Wheat is looking really good around here. We don’t have any but I have been driving around the county and I haven’t seen a bad field. I think the conditions have been good for fungicide application and there will be a good wheat crop in this area. It is nowhere near turning yet.If you got the seed down into moisture when you planted things worked out pretty well with emergence. In some fields where the seed was not deep enough, there were emergence problems. This year that depth was critical. There are some uneven stands out there because of uneven seeding depths in the fields. You could not dust them in this year. They needed to be down into the moisture because we didn’t get a good soaking rain during planting.I think we’ll get done with the post- application of soybeans today. We had a couple of fields that were getting pretty hairy. We put down some different products this season to control some late waterhemp this year. We got that all down. We did see a little bronzing on the beans but they grew out of that. Weed control now looks pretty good because we have been able to get out there and get things sprayed.I you go north things don’t look so good. If you go south things get drier. I was down around Chillicothe and normally they are a couple weeks ahead of us but this year things look pretty similar to what we have here. We are pretty fortunate in this area and we don’t have much to complain about.
French auto maker Renault has shifted production of its popular Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) Duster for the UK market to Romania from India. The company is now concentrating its India output to reduce the waiting period on the Duster in the domestic market. Speaking on this decision, Renault India Country Chief Executive and Managing Director Sumit Sawhney said, “We aim to consolidate our operations in the domestic market. We first want to cater to the Indian market and then any spare capacity would be channelised for exports. We shifted exports of some variants to Europe for logistical and economic reasons as the currency fluctuations were not in our favour.”Renault India exports the Duster to right-hand-drive markets as the country serves as a production hub for all global right-hand-drive cars. At present, Renault sells five models in India, namely the Fluence, the Koleos SUV, Pulse and Scala, in addition to the Duster. It sold 17,510 vehicles in India in the first five months of the fiscal year starting in April, a decline of 33 per cent over the past year.