Six months jail for stealing a 'few euro' from tip jar at CUH cafe

Six months jail for stealing a 'few euro' from tip jar at CUH cafe

THE tip jar for staff at the café in Cork University Hospital was stolen by a man who was jailed for six months today.

Edmond O’Sullivan, 28, pleaded guilty at Cork District Court today to carrying out the theft.

Judge Olann Kelleher said it was a most unsavoury theft to steal a small amount of money offered to staff as a reward and compensation by people attending the hospital.

“It was a most unsavoury theft,” Judge Kelleher said.

Sergeant Gearóid Davis said the theft was committed at the Coffee Dock at CUH on October 3, 2019.

The tip jar only contained a few euro and the defendant stole that.

On another occasion at a different café in the Bishopstown area gardaí arrived to find the accused acting aggressively and shouting. When a garda spoke to him, O’Sullivan said, “F*** you, arrest me so.” 

Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said, “This 28-year-old has had very challenging circumstances including the tragic loss of his mother two years ago.” 

Judge Olann Kelleher said, “These type of offences cause consternation in the city when people carry on like this."

The judge imposed a six-month sentence on O’Sullivan who had been living at a flat at 90 Shandon Street, Cork, at the time.

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